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Do you have a well at your home? Are you certain your drinking water is safe for your family? Photo Credit: Bryan Swistock
July 20, 2017

Protecting your family’s well or spring drinking water supply and keeping your septic and heating oil tanks from contaminating water supplies.

Blueberry Picking by Andrew Malone at - CC0 Public Domain
July 10, 2017

It’s blueberry picking season in Central Pennsylvania! This is a wonderful family activity that provides a great opportunity for exercise as well as a healthy food for your family to enjoy.

July 3, 2017

Both Field Days are a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and Penn State Extension and Penn State researchers. Registration is through the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association.

Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
July 3, 2017

Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too.

June 23, 2017

This article was written by Sharon Driedger, a 2016 Penn State Extension Summer Assistant in Montgomery County. Sharon is a senior Nutrition major at West Chester University. Most people know that onions can make you cry when you cut into them. But, do you know why? Onions also provide important vitamins to the diet.

"Ice Cream @ Lowestoft, Suffolk" By Tim Parkinson/ CC By 2.0
June 13, 2017

Vacations often mean eating out and enjoying local food favorites which can lead to weight gain. Follow some simple strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid gaining extra pounds while away.

Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
June 13, 2017

Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. You can solve this problem by creating a flower garden specifically for cutting. I will explain how to construct and care for a cutting garden using flowers most suitable for the Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during a heat wave. Here is how you can to protect your garden – and harvest during a heat wave.

Ground Tumeric by - CC0 public domain
June 5, 2017

What’s all the buzz about turmeric? We see it on the front cover of food magazines and hear about it on talk shows, but what is all the fuss about?

Forested stream in winter Photo: Sandy Smith, Penn State Extension
May 22, 2017

What is nature worth? Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides? Watch this 1 hour recorded webinar.

Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
May 18, 2017

Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden.

Damage to a row of boxwoods from boxwood leafminer. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
May 17, 2017

Boxwoods have many positive qualities that make it one of the most popular shrubs in the landscape.

May 17, 2017

The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production.

Photo: Tianna Dupont
May 17, 2017

Many vegetable crops are started in the greenhouse as transplants, and then planted out into the field for crop production.

May 16, 2017

Some patients with Type 2 Diabetes may find that surgery may be the solution to diabetic situation.

Black walnut fruit. Photo: K. Salisbury, Penn State
May 16, 2017

Black walnut is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring and one of the first to lose its leaves in the fall.

Aerial image of Penn State’s research hopyard at Rock Springs. Photo by T. Delvalle, Penn State
May 16, 2017

You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.

May 16, 2017

Join Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County to celebrate summer gardens on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., when six of their home gardens will be open to visitors during “A Summer Celebration” Garden Tour.

Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
May 16, 2017

Drought is a regular occurrence somewhere in the United States, even here in Pennsylvania.

Photo By: Doug McCaughan at, CC0 Public Domain
May 11, 2017

New this year, we will be having a “4-H Family Saturday Camps.” Cost per family includes: at least 1 adult (18 years of age and older) and up to 3 other family members attending. The camps will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018.