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October 13, 2015

Grapes have been grown by mankind for over eight thousand years...

October 6, 2015

The other day, a teacher asked me if I could find her some Monarch Butterfly caterpillars for her classroom to study...

October 5, 2015

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Often children go through periods of being particular about what they eat.

September 28, 2015

There are few food items which proclaim loudly that it is summer more than corn...

A bit of squash by Ruth Harnup/ CC By 2.0
September 28, 2015

Winter squash is a perfect complement to autumn meals. It’s delicious, nutritious and versatile! Winter squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, and a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

September 21, 2015

Fall is a good time of year to prepare for a great garden in the years to come. Plants thrive when we provide an environment that is right for them.

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September 21, 2015

Since it’s early in the school year, it’s the perfect time to remind teachers, parents and students about preventing illness.

September 17, 2015

Drive down any road and you will probably find non-native plant species beginning to invade our forests, stream corridors, meadows, and yes, even the landscape at your home...

Image: © iStock Photo Christopher Futcher
September 15, 2015

All of us including children experience stress. Kids may have stress from a variety of sources at home, school, or friends and relationships...

September 11, 2015

Packing lunches can be a real chore for a tired mom or dad. If your child attends a public school, the National School Lunch guidelines help cafeteria employees to plan lunches that are served at school. The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools.

September 10, 2015

Since school has started for most of us in the area, the gardener in us should go back to basics this fall...

September 9, 2015

Salsa is one of the most popular condiments used today. Because of its popularity, many cooks want to prepare and can salsa at home.

August 31, 2015

A few weeks ago I wrote to you in a vegetable pest update about downy mildew moving into Northeastern Pennsylvania.

August 31, 2015

August is National Peach Month. Peaches are abundant locally, and are nutritious, delicious, and versatile...

August 24, 2015

It is usually mid-summer when we start to see many of our trees, shrubs and vegetable plants in our landscapes with skeletonized, chewed leaves and in some cases they are almost completely defoliated by August.

August 24, 2015

It’s time for the start of school. While it’s exciting for most children, some may be anxious about it especially if it’s a new experience for them.

August 15, 2015

It’s important for children to spend time with their families. Meaningful times spent together help children feel important and nurtured...

August 10, 2015

The growing season has been interesting to say the least. We started out too dry, which was then followed by many weeks of our gardens being too wet...

August 4, 2015

As Americans deal with increased health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, studies are showing that a connection to nature, even just viewing trees, can improve one’s health...