Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
Join Penn State in the heart of Lancaster County’s rich farmland for the 9th annual Summer Garden Experience on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Held at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located at 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, seven miles northwest of Lancaster, this fun-filled event packs a lot of gardening ideas and information into a few short hours. Admission is covered with a $10.00 per vehicle parking fee, and pre-registration is not required.
Farmers had to tread carefully at Penn State’s Landisville research farm during a recent twilight meeting for vegetable growers.
The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.
Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review
Penn State Extension invites all dairy producers and professionals to a Twilight Open House on Monday, August 4th at 7 p.m. at the Wade Benedict Family Farm, 4100 Spring Road in Chambersburg. The free event will highlight the continued progress and improvements on facilities and cow care with members of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team providing interactive demonstrations such as on-farm culturing, forage analysis, calf care and facilities assessment. A light supper and ice cream will be provided at this family friendly event. Come out and enjoy a night of fellowship with friends while learning tools to take back to the farm.
USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
The rustic beauty of Pennsylvania's farmhouses, barns and outbuildings often strikes motorists traveling the highways that crisscross the rural heartland of the state, but few people realize the stories these buildings can tell us about the past -- and maybe the future -- of agriculture.
Cumberland County 4-H is gearing up for its annual 4-H Ag Science Day Camp, scheduled for June 24 and 25.
Cumberland County 4-H is preparing for its 4-H Activity Days, scheduled for July 16 and August 1. The Activity Days will be held in the Carlisle and Newville areas, concentrating on project exploration.
Penn State Extension in Cumberland County is offering two food preservation workshops in July 2014.
Herbs are versatile and useful plants for any home garden. Easy to grow herbs offer fragrance in the garden and flavor in the kitchen, and many are a great source of food and habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. Free workshop on “Herbs for the Home Garden” on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
National Pollinator Week is June 16 to 23, 2014. To mark the occasion, join Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County for a Butterfly Container Workshop on Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cumberland County Extension office, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle. Please register by June 11, since class size is limited. The registration fee of $15.00 includes all of the materials for your container.
Penn State Master Gardeners are offering a Summer Garden Camp for youth ages 7 to 12 or in grades 3 to 6 at the Penn State Extension office on Allen Road in Carlisle. There will be five sessions of growing, learning, hands-on fun on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the following dates: June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, and August 12, 2014.
I’ve shared bits of this story with some of you yet it bears repeating as we celebrate 100 years of beneficial research and advice to America’s farmers and ranchers from America’s land grant universities. America's land grant colleges provide invaluable service to growers.
Local youth were among 88 4-Hers from 38 counties across the state who met in Harrisburg recently for the annual Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days program.
While traveling last fall through a rural area, every several miles along the highway, there were temporary signs that said, "Harvest in Progress, Watch for Slow Moving Vehicles." What a good reminder for our non-farming neighbors that there are farms in the area and what to expect.
For all you gardeners our there who have a great love of plants and gardening. Penn State Extension - Dauphin County is now accepting applications from Dauphin County Gardeners for the next Penn State Extension Master Gardener Training Program.
Are you a keen gardener? Do you love to share your gardening knowledge to help others be more successful gardeners? Then you might be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener program. Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension who assist Extension staff in providing and expanding its educational programs in consumer horticulture. Applications for the fall program are being accepted now through June 11. 2014.
Learn about the importance of rain gardens, how to plan and plant your own rain garden, and weather permitting, participate in establishing a new rain garden at the township building.