Hugelkultur – what is it? It’s an ancient technique for composting, but it is also the latest rage in sustainable recycling of plant nutrients. Want to know more? See a demonstration of hugelkultur and learn more, lots more, at Penn State’s Summer Garden Experience.
What's the buzz about CSAs, community supported agriculture? It's an innovative way for growers and consumers to connect around locally-grown produce and food products.
Are you an avid gardener? Would you find it rewarding to share research based gardening information with others? Perhaps you are just the right fit for the Penn State Master Gardening program.
Master gardeners are hard at work at the garden demonstration plots at Penn State's Ag Progress site at Rock Springs.
Penn State’s Organic Materials Processing and Education Center (OMPEC) has compost available for sale at Lion Surplus, located on the Services Road on the University Park campus. Open Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The cost is $18/cubic yard. Payment is cash, check or credit card. To check on availability contact 814-865-4371.
Salads are becoming more popular as the go-to side dish for dinner and the healthy lunch option. Building a healthy salad begins with selecting healthy ingredients.
Prebiotics and Probiotics are functional components of foods that help keep our digestive system running smoothly! The good news is they are found in many of the foods we normally eat.
With the growing number of "milks" on the market, it can be confusing when deciding which to select. How do you know which is best for you nutritionally as well as taste and cost? Find out how they compare.
Tracking your food intake is a great tool for weight loss. It helps to create awareness of our eating patterns and helps us to identify causes for overeating.
It's the time of year when many adults renew efforts to be more active. Choosing the right types of foods will help you to feel energized and at your best for exercise and everyday activities.
Every five years the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services update the dietary advice provided to Americans based on research accumulated during the past five years. The latest version was released on January 7 as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed this month in the state of Indiana serves as a warning to Pennsylvania poultry producers and small-flock owners that they ignore biosecurity measures at their own risk, according to a poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Join Penn State Extension once again for a virtual walk – this time learning about and enjoying the wonderful Rails to Trails in Pennsylvania. There is truly something for everyone in this diverse and beautiful collection of walking and biking trails. Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Registration deadline is April 3, 2016 and the program will run April 4th through May 27th.
It’s now mid- January and the holiday activities are over. Perhaps a few weeks ago you decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year. The most popular resolutions include starting an exercise program, eating better and reducing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other drugs. According to research conducted by Psychology Central, 75% of people who make resolutions fail in their first attempts, and most of these people, 67%, make more than one resolution.
Late fall and winter are considered flu season, but not just for humans. Poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the threat of avian influenza also is heightened at this time of year.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
'Parasite Control: A Whole Farm Approach' will be offered on February 21, 2015 in Clinton County. Those attending the course will have the option to continue as a partner in a year-long parasite research project. Join us and see if you qualify for this exciting opportunity to help yourself, your farm, and your horse. As part of our team you will learn to conduct your own fecal egg counts and determine the effectiveness of the products you are using. Be part of a research project that will aid horse owners across the state! Registered 4-H members and 4-H leaders are eligible for a discounted registration fee; contact your county Penn State Extension office for more information.