The Seed Farm is a new farmer training program and agricultural business incubator project supported by the County of Lehigh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the Seed Farm is to start and grow new sustainable farms and farmers in the Lehigh Valley and to support the growth of our local food system.
Soil-borne diseases can be devastating to crops. Unseen they may persist in the soil for years. Harold Weaver, from Meadow Gate Vista Farm in Bowers, Pennsylvania, tried a new strategy for combating soil-borne disease this year: cover crops.
Recently at a Penn State Extension Potato Field Day I was lucky enough to sit next to Mark Lichtenwalner from Donald E. Lichtenwalner Farms in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Mark and his family have been growing potatoes for many years for wholesale and increasingly for retail markets. As the Penn State potato breeder shared the preliminary results of this year’s potato variety trial, we thought about which types of new potatoes might fit a changing market and regional climate.
A new report from the USDA Economic Research Service concludes that the marketing of local foods in the U.S, via both direct-to-consumer and intermediated channels, grossed $4.8 billion in 2008, about four times higher than estimates based solely on direct-to-consumer sales.
Considering the interest in cover crops by farmers, the general public, and others, the Crop Management Team at Penn State Cooperative Extension established cover crop trials on dairy farms across Pennsylvania since 2009. At eight recent field days across the state we reviewed results from the first year of the study, observed the performance of the cover crops this fall and interacted with peers and specialists during these events to learn more about cover crops and their potentials.
Designed as a tool to communicate more frequently with winemakers, winemaking staff, and those involved with enology, the ENOLOGY NEWS listserv was opened on Nov. 22nd, 2011.
The Pike County office of Penn State Extension is once again collecting items to donate to the Milford Food Pantry. If you would like to contribute, you can drop off items at our office, located at 514 Broad Street, Milford, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. We will be delivering the items around December 19.
Suppose you are thinking about buying a house with a basement, how can you tell if it might have water problems?
On occasion, you may find tiny bugs flying or crawling on a windowsill, or small moths fluttering about the house, even in the middle of winter. Where could these insects be coming from?
This time of year, as the weather freezes and gardening outside stops, we begin to look inside to satisfy our need for growing plants. Poinsettias, cyclamen, and Christmas cactus are often the plants chosen for indoor color, but have you considered other options?
Planting a tree is an investment in the future, so it is worth your time to select carefully and plant properly. When you visit a nursery, search the web, or peruse a catalog, you will find that nursery stock is available in three forms, depending on how it has been grown or harvested: bare-root, balled and burlapped (B & B), or container-grown.
One of the best things you can do for the environment is to turn a patch of your lawn into a meadow garden. Meadow plants provide nectar for pollinators, seeds for migrating birds and overwintering sites for beneficial insects. They don’t need fertilizer or pesticides; their deep roots will readily soak up rainwater, preventing runoff and erosion. Meadow gardens also add four season interest to your landscape and summer long butterfly watching.
This may be the worst I’ve seen average stumpage prices since I’ve been reporting. The Southeast remains the only bright spot. When average prices for all species in Southeast exceed those in the Northern tier counties, except for Black Cherry, we know there is a problem. The Northwest and Southwest are not only suffering from the poor economy, but the rapidly expanding natural gas industry is taking jobs and income away from the forest sector.
Members of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group have just released a video on how to identify and enhance natural enemies in vegetable crops. This video provides balanced coverage of insect natural enemies and includes fascinating footage of beneficial insects at work.
Would you like to have a few hours to do some Christmas shopping alone or with a friend?
You recently had your private water supply tested, hoping to gain valuable information about the quality and condition of your water. Upon receiving the water analysis report, you find yourself looking at confusing columns of decimal numbers, abbreviations, and contaminants that are difficult to pronounce. What does this all mean?
If you are looking to scale up your organic farm next year, you may be dreaming about using a tractor mounted cultivator. A wet year like this one, where the weeds got out of control, is a good reminder of how important it is to have a weed management plan, and the tools to execute it.
An evaluation of Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPS) showed Pennsylvania near the bottom of the pack, relatively.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. It began hundreds of years ago as a way to give thanks for a good harvest. Today, we may not gather to celebrate a bountiful harvest, but we can show gratitude on Thanksgiving and every day.
Now that Halloween is over, our thoughts turn toward the winter holidays. While the holiday season can be a wonderful time for families, it can also be expensive. So this year, start the holidays by planning ahead. Below are some tips for keeping your holiday finances under control.