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January 6, 2014

January 27-February 2, 2014 is National Drug Facts Week. The campaign was started in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to raise awareness about drug abuse among teens and shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.

Top, Kudzu climbs over other plants, smothering them by eliminating all light.  Photo courtesy of Randy Westbrooks,  Bottom, kudzu bugs look for a protected overwintering site.  Photo courtesy of Daniel R. Suiter.
January 6, 2014

Kudzu is a relatively new weed to our area, and along with it, there are also potential problems caused by the insect pest associated with this plant.

January 6, 2014

How do you know if ice on a pond or lake is safe to walk on? I like to ice fish in the winter, but I always feel uneasy the first time on the ice because I don’t know how thick the ice is.

January 3, 2014

It is a well-worn trend to start any new year with resolutions: things we want to do, should do, and even some bad habits we want to break...

January 2, 2014

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions because they are a great way to help us determine what we want out of life. They encourage us to think and act differently to make positive changes.

December 31, 2013

The grocery stores of today are a far cry from the stores your mother or grandmother may have shopped in during the 1950’s, 1960’s and even 1970’s.

December 31, 2013

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will help take care of you! Although these three terms are often used interchangeably, there are differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting processes. What does this mean for a green cleaning program at your child care facility?

Organizational status and commitment will impact planning success.
December 30, 2013

Various planning tools can be used by communities and organizations to plan for their future. Three such tools are community visioning, municipal comprehensive plans, and organizational strategic plans.

 Photo by Bryan Swistock
December 30, 2013

Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Ground Water Association was used to develop and implement programs of Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network (MWON) over the past year.

At Liberty Gardens they grow baby and micro greens in tables all winter long.
December 27, 2013

Customers are demanding local food, and they want it all winter long. Some growers are finding effective ways to meet this demand. Jeff Frank from Liberty Gardens, Coopersburg PA explained his winter production system to a group of eighty growers at Penn State Extension’s Organic Vegetable Intensive.

An example of my VERY simple talent of making keyboard characters into graphics!
December 24, 2013

At this special time of year, when many give presents, let's take the tradition to a new level. What gifts do your communities' members offer, and just as importantly, what gifts do you offer your community?

December 24, 2013

The 2014 garden catalogs are beginning to arrive. Here are a few recommendations that will give you the best outcome...

December 23, 2013

Does your organization make New Year resolutions? You may conduct year-end reviews of finances and personnel, discuss board and committee appointments and agree on programming for the coming year. But the organizational report card isn’t complete if you haven’t evaluated your progress in meeting your mission.

December 23, 2013

As the holiday season draws to a close, you may be searching for options for how to get rid of your real Christmas tree. Luckily, there are some eco-friendly options that can reduce landfill waste, and even contribute to habitat improvement!

December 22, 2013

Much discussion about shale gas and the job market has been in the news, but finding current and helpful information on long-term careers and financial and growth opportunities in the field may not be as easy to find.

December 20, 2013

Do you struggle during the holidays trying to figure out how to manage all the different family favorite recipes and requests while trying to control your weight? Learn how to take control over the holidays.

December 19, 2013

Newly released from The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

Screen shot of an On Demand lesson
December 18, 2013

The Ups and Downs of Outdoor Play, Take a New Look at Dramatic Play.

December 17, 2013

Choosing gifts is a thoughtful process - how fun would it be to select food and nutrition related gifts that will actually promote a healthy lifestyle?

The giant water lily at Longwood Gardens, was first forced into bloom in 1851 by Caleb Cope, marking it’s first flowering in the USA.
December 17, 2013

As the year draws to a close, it is natural to reflect upon the past, near past or long past, and that would pertain to our horticultural field as well. Did you know when the first greenhouses were erected in the USA, and what they were used for?