Hugelkultur – what is it? It’s an ancient technique for composting, but it is also the latest rage in sustainable recycling of plant nutrients. Want to know more? See a demonstration of hugelkultur and learn more, lots more, at Penn State’s Summer Garden Experience.
What's the buzz about CSAs, community supported agriculture? It's an innovative way for growers and consumers to connect around locally-grown produce and food products.
Salads are becoming more popular as the go-to side dish for dinner and the healthy lunch option. Building a healthy salad begins with selecting healthy ingredients.
Penn State Extension is hosting their first annual “Sensory Defects of Fermented Beverages and Distilled Spirits” workshop in Collegeville, PA on Thursday, June 9th from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
Prebiotics and Probiotics are functional components of foods that help keep our digestive system running smoothly! The good news is they are found in many of the foods we normally eat.
Horticulture Educator Emelie Swackhamer is now based out of the Montgomery County Extension office. She will be working as part of the statewide green industry team, emphasizing integrated pest management and storm water management programming.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC), in cooperation with the Penn State Extension and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, has created a local food guide that lists and maps farmers’ markets and farm stands in Montgomery County. These businesses contribute to the local food and farming economy.
With the growing number of "milks" on the market, it can be confusing when deciding which to select. How do you know which is best for you nutritionally as well as taste and cost? Find out how they compare.
Make memories to last a lifetime at this summer’s Montgomery County 4-H camps! The camps offer kids the opportunity to ride horses, make delicious and nutritious meals, learn to safely shoot a bow, explore different animal science camps and much more!
Tracking your food intake is a great tool for weight loss. It helps to create awareness of our eating patterns and helps us to identify causes for overeating.
It's the time of year when many adults renew efforts to be more active. Choosing the right types of foods will help you to feel energized and at your best for exercise and everyday activities.
Every five years the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services update the dietary advice provided to Americans based on research accumulated during the past five years. The latest version was released on January 7 as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.
It’s now mid- January and the holiday activities are over. Perhaps a few weeks ago you decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year. The most popular resolutions include starting an exercise program, eating better and reducing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or other drugs. According to research conducted by Psychology Central, 75% of people who make resolutions fail in their first attempts, and most of these people, 67%, make more than one resolution.
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.
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.
Online registration is now open for all Montgomery County 4-H Summer Camps!
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The 2014 Montgomery County Friend of Extension Award was recently presented to Bill Bushnell, District Director for State Representative Marcy Toepel, for his many years of support to Extension.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there's a flat surface -- meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly.