Are you a keen gardener? Do you love to share your gardening knowledge to help others be more successful gardeners? Then you might be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener program. Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension who assist Extension staff in providing and expanding its educational programs in consumer horticulture. Applications for the fall program are being accepted now through June 11. 2014.
Save the date of Saturday, May 17, 2014, for great plants and great prices at the Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners’ tenth annual Plant Fest at its NEW location at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA. The plant sale runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
If the idea of writing a grant proposal makes your stomach ache, here’s something that might help: “Getting the Most from Your Grant Writing Efforts”. This half-day workshop from Penn State Extension will examine the grant writing process in detail.
For all you gardeners our there who have a great love of plants and gardening. Penn State Extension - Dauphin County is now accepting applications from Dauphin County Gardeners for the next Penn State Extension Master Gardener Training Program.
Learn about the importance of rain gardens, how to plan and plant your own rain garden, and weather permitting, participate in establishing a new rain garden at the township building.
The 51st All-American Dairy Show is Sept. 13-18 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. The All-American features 23 shows in six days, including four full days dedicated to youth activities and nearly 2,800 animals from more than 1,200 exhibitors from across North America.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, featuring numerous family friendly travel destinations across the commonwealth, is now available in print and online. “Pennsylvania fairs offer top-notch competition, big-name entertainment, tasty food and fun rides and games,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “I encourage every Pennsylvanian to find time this summer to visit any of our 109 county and community fairs.”
This one-day course has been rescheduled for Saturday May 17, 8:30 am to 4 pm. This course provides information about pasture grazing management, soil fertility, poisonous plants and weed control, and managing manure. Course will be held at the York County Annex Building at 112 Pleasant Acres Road York PA 17402
PSU cooperative extension programs doubled last year. January is prime prep time for Central Pennsylvania farmers. There's field planting to plan and repairs to equipment and facilities. And it's time to look at the finances to ensure dairy farmers are maximizing their business potential, said staff at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carlisle.
Diane Oleson, Penn State Extension Educator, will present “Water Gardening and Aquatic Invasive Species” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level community room at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill.
Do you enjoy seeing wild turkeys in your woodlands? If so, plan to attend the free Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting on Thursday, April 10. Mary Jo Casalena, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wild Turkey Biologist will speak about “Wild Turkey Habitat and Tips for Managing It.” The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Cumberland County Extension Office.
The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.
Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer. You may have noticed that seed catalogs showed up earlier than ever this winter, noted Steve Bogash, Extension horticulture educator based in Cumberland County. "With the rapid growth in vegetable gardening, demand promises to be higher than ever," he said. "If there are specific varieties of vegetables that you truly want for the coming season, you may want to get your orders in early." And Bogash knows -- perhaps better than anyone -- that there is a huge range of tomato cultivars from which to choose.
Penn State Extension of Dauphin County is offering a free StrongWomen Informational Session on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Building, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018. The session will review the clinical research behind the strength training and nutrition program called StrongWomen, Strong Bones™. Classes are held each Monday and Wednesday for six weeks, beginning Monday, April 28, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Class fee is $50.00.
Eco-Healthy Childcare is a nationally-recognized, science-based, pediatric environmental health program that is tailored to child care programs of all types. Penn State Extension Office will be holding a Better Kid Class “Eco Healthy Child Care” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018.
While traveling last fall through a rural area, every several miles along the highway, there were temporary signs that said, "Harvest in Progress, Watch for Slow Moving Vehicles." What a good reminder for our non-farming neighbors that there are farms in the area and what to expect.
Pollinator insects are declining, but there's hope! Learn how you can be part of the solution. Penn State Extension Master Gardener, Dauphin County, Shawna Raymond, will show you the simple steps you can take to easily certify your yard as a Pollinator Friendly Garden. This presentation will show examples of plants you can add to your garden to attract pollinators.
Penn State Extension - Dauphin County will be having two Pesticide Meetings for Private Pesticide Applicators on March 19 & 20, 2014. Both meetings will provide continuing education credits for licensed pesticide applicators. Both programs will offer 2 + 2 pesticide recertification credits.
Preservation board approves $30 million investment in saving farmland. Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.
Dining with Diabetes is a program for adults with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The program gives basic facts about how to manage diet and activity to control blood glucose levels. It offers support for persons making lifestyle changes.