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FSA found that bacteria already present on poultry can travel up to 3 feet from where the meat is washed.
November 19, 2013

Did you know that recent research by the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found there is a potential increase in the risk of foodborne illness for individuals who wash poultry prior to cooking it?

November 19, 2013

“Round up the Usual Suspects!” We tend to think in those terms when we try to pin down “gassy” foods. The usual suspects include dried beans and peas, cucumbers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and other vegetables, plus milk and bran.

November 19, 2013

It is fall in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Our weather has been beautiful and most of our planting is done. We are harvesting the last tomatoes, peppers and beans in our vegetable gardens. But wait; there’s still planting to do. I just planted my turnips in the Trial Garden Plot. Then there are the flowering bulbs, garlic, and rhubarb to get in the ground before it freezes.

November 19, 2013

As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.

An example of a healthy, organic lawn near the end of summer
November 19, 2013

Autumn is just about upon us, and you know the other word for the season -- Fall. Why? Because the leaves will soon be falling all around us. Many people think of falling leaves as something that must be raked up and thrown away, but leaves are intended by nature to be a natural fertilizer and protective cover for the earth.

November 19, 2013

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Penn State University as a project partner to promote and raise awareness of the USDA funded AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians project.

It doesn’t have to hurt. Really.
November 18, 2013

There’s a lot of resistance to strategic planning: people often think of it as something to be endured that will have little value in the long run. They bemoan the time and energy it diverts from the ‘important work’ of the organization. But done right, strategic planning may be the most important work your organization can do.

This firefly is one of more than 2,000 known species of firefly, a member of the beetle family Lampyridae.
November 18, 2013

Who among us as a child has never captured fireflies in a jar on a summer night?

November 18, 2013

Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for tree fruit growers throughout Pennsylvania. The meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information.

November 18, 2013

Did you ever wonder what happens to the "flushable" products on the market? How flushable are they?

November 18, 2013

The two-year project is supported by a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

November 18, 2013

Is there a gardener on your holiday gift list that you need to buy for? Gardeners love to receive gifts that fuel their passion for gardening.

November 17, 2013

Penn State Extension's traditional expertise extends into unique national and international shale energy arenas that benefit all.

November 15, 2013

Pineapple sage as an excellent Fall accent

The White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England.  Photo: ALAMY
November 15, 2013

Vita Sackville-West was an aristocratic writer and English gardener with lots of panache and a complicated life-style. It also didn’t hurt to have plenty of funds available…

November 14, 2013

Vole populations exhibit distinctive population fluctuations of approximately 4 year cycles. One of the last tasks in getting the orchards ready for winter is planning your strategy to control voles and prevent their damage.

Sweet potato chilling injury.
November 14, 2013

Harvested vegetables are living systems that age with time. As a grower, your goal is to slow down the aging process. To do that, you need to understand, and manage, four natural processes: respiration, transpiration, ethylene production, and chilling injury. Proper cooling is the first step, followed by maintaining the optimum temperature and relative humidity (RH) for each vegetable.

Do you know how to cook each of these vegetables?
November 14, 2013

Local food production and use is a many-faceted topic. One issue that is addressed less often is the fact that a growing number of people do not cook. Is it lack of time or lack of confidence or other factors that hinder use of local food in home kitchens?

Along with deer damage, climate change, and deforestation, earthworms are another stressor for our trees.
November 13, 2013

Natural Resources scientists at Cornell University are expressing concern about the effects of the common earthworm on the health of forests in the Northeast. The question they are asking is "What are the effects of the invasive worms on local forest ecosystems and native plants?"

During the Civil War era, residents of Adams County would harvest wild and cultivated plants for their medicinal, culinary and other properties.  Bloodroot, was used as a heart stimulant.
November 13, 2013

With all the excitement, celebration, passion, and enthusiasm of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, I thought that it would be fun to learn about gardening during the Civil War. Gardening was a means of sustenance and survival during that era.