As farmers marked the New Year, they were pleased to see 2016 slide into the history books. The year was filled with challenges for our county farm operations.
One Choose MyPlate message for consumers is to make half of your plate whole grains. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.
Many cultures have customs and traditions centered on food. To celebrate health and well-being for the new year, beans and greens are symbolic menu items full of good taste and nutrition .
The newly updated Master Gardener Manual from Penn State Extension is no ordinary gardening book. It is a well-thought-through guide for home gardeners, students and professionals that takes a practical, methodical and easy-to-understand approach to the art and science of gardening. This big, nearly 800 pages, hefty 8.5-by-10-inch hardcover is a welcome addition to every gardening enthusiast's library.
Slow cookers have been updated with travel locks and automatic warm settings but the basic slow cooker is still available. Slow cookers make meal planning easier any time of year.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, you might be interested in applying for the Master Well Owner online course being offered by Penn State Extension starting on February 13, 2017! The registration deadline for this course is February 1, 2017.
Buying vegetables in the winter months can be expensive. Often I hear people say “my food bill would go sky high if I bought all the vegetables that my family and I should eat in a day.” But with a few shopping tips it can be done in the winter months without breaking your budget.
Citrus fruit can be found in the market throughout the year and come in several varieties. They are very nutritious and an especially good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. Add excitement to winter meals and snacks with a burst of citrus flavor.
Bake up some holiday cheer with a little less guilt this holiday season.
Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this winter. The regional meetings are being held all across the state.
Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. They also will pledge $1,250 for the next five years to activate the endowment early.
With an incubation period of one to four days, how do you know if you have the flu or just the common cold?
The risk of getting a food-borne illness can occur by tasting or sampling raw ingredients that require a cooking (heating) process. Avoid taste sampling the product during the preparation of the recipe in which raw ingredients are combined and the final product must be fully cooked.
Transportation systems and services in Pennsylvania face the challenges of changing demographics.
Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Over half of Pennsylvania residents rely on groundwater for at least part of their drinking water. Groundwater is also the predominant source of water used for agriculture, commercial and mining activities in the state. While Pennsylvania has abundant groundwater resources, it is critical that they be properly protected from pollution associated with land use activities. Use of pesticides represents one such groundwater threat.
My daughter once said, “I’m so glad you are a gardener, Mom, because I can always find gifts for you.” It’s true that there are many garden-related items readily available in stores and catalogs. Usually, gardeners are easy to please and love to try something new.
Colorful flowers can be yours throughout the winter if you act now.
Penn State’s Greening the Lower Susquehanna volunteer corps had a successful 2016 filled with tree plantings, litter pickups, maintenance days, and other exciting volunteer events.
Learn to balance your holiday calories to avoid future bulges by offering great food favorites and physical activity with a game plan in mind.