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.
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.
Most of us have heard of honey bees. We know that honey bees are critical to pollination and they make honey. But what about the Mason bee?
The common asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi, is yet another pest that those of us that love to grow our own vegetables have to learn to identify and control. Perhaps the only positive thing is that, as its name suggests, it favors the perennial vegetable asparagus.
Many homeowners have at least one spot in their yard that is shaded for several hours during the day. Except for a handful of shade loving plants, it can be difficult to grow almost anything in these areas, especially turfgrass. Fortunately, if you have a shaded area where you would like to grow grass, there are a few things you can do to increase your likelihood of success and fall is an ideal time to try.
Foliage in our gardens is utilitarian and provides a backdrop for summer plantings while providing good cover for nesting birds. Broadleaf evergreens come in a variety of sizes and forms and they add color and structure to winter landscapes.
What could be better than a woody shrub with lovely flowers, long lasting green leaves, and lots of red berries? Be careful, you could be planting the invasive exotic bush honeysuckle in your landscape.
Fall means pumpkins – for Jack o’ Lanterns, pies and other goodies. But pumpkins aren’t the only winter squash used for making soups and desserts and for fall decorating. There are a variety of colorful squashes available in the autumn months.
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.
Yes, those hungry gypsy moth caterpillars are back in full force in many areas across northeastern Pennsylvania. About three weeks ago, the tiny larval stage of gypsy moth hatched and began ballooning all over Carbon, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
The USDA MyPlate is an example of a healthy meal.
Some foods classified as fats can protect us against heart disease and yet other fats may contribute to heart disease. We need to eat some fats because they provide essential nutrients such as Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. However, a healthy diet limits the amount of fat to five (5) teaspoons a day for adult women, and six (6) teaspoons a day for adult men.
Most sweet desserts do not contain many nutrients our bodies need and have lots of calories. If you are a baker, you are in luck! Making desserts yourself can boost the nutrition of desserts. If you are not a baker, take the first step and learn how to make healthy sweet desserts.
As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn.
Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food according to the Center for Disease Control. Eating more vegetables in salads can fill you up with just a few calories. Salads can be a great source of a variety of vegetables. However, they can also be a dumping ground for unwanted calories if they are topped with a lot of high calorie salad dressing.
Weeds are a big problem in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients, and they often harbor pests and disease. They also detract from the beauty of the garden. I’m fairly diligent about weeding, and I utilize mulch to reduce the number of weeds present, but our sun-drenched yard encourages their germination and propagation. And so I weed – a lot.
What can you do if you have clay soil? First of all run over those leaves in the fall with your lawn mower and then spread them around where you want better soil. Amending the clay soil with organic matter improves drainage, retains moisture and improves soil texture.
With warmer weather quickly arriving, it will not be long before all types of insects start to appear. Though most of these insects are beneficial or little more than a passing nuisance, the hairy chinch bug can spend the summer severely damaging even the healthiest home lawn.
Do you have silvery mucous trails in your garden? If you do, you may have slugs. These slimy trails and slugs lurking in your plants and vegetables are unappealing and unappetizing.