This spring, the Southeastern PA Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Wellness Department partnered with Penn State Extension Philadelphia to bring Nutrition Links, a USDA sponsored program, to Frankford Depot. Participants learned about food safety, appropriate portion size, and how to shop healthy on a budget, among other topics.
Our First Annual Penn State in the City spring event which was held this year at SHARE Food Program’s Nice Roots Farm was a smashing success. Under sparkling blue skies, Penn State Extension staff, volunteers, and partners shared their expertise with families and friends from throughout the Philadelphia region. (PHOTOS)
Penn State Philadelphia Extension 4-H students meet weekly at Jardel Recreation Center, located in Northeast Philadelphia to learn the Art of Archery shooting. (VIDEO)
Penn State Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs reach millions of Pennsylvanians each year. Families and individuals count on Extension to help address some of our most pressing issues including obesity, food safety and community resilience.
Collectively, Weavers Way farms have over 6,000 square feet of winter growing space. In this case, “winter growing space” is made up of our high tunnels and low tunnels (also known as hoop houses) which are really just simplified green houses, made of plastic and metal poles. They are heated only by the sun, and have no electricity…
Recently, the Penn State Extension Wissahickon Trotters 4-H club in Philadelphia took their love of horses and voices to residents and staff of the Chestnut Hill Lodge and Rehabilitation Center. This was the 2nd annual visit by the Trotters and family members to CHLR, where they sang seasonal songs to a group of about 30.
October 22, 2012. Delivery date for Penn State Extension 4-H Fall Embryology. On the drive up to Quakertown, PA to pick up the eggs for the delivery, Jackie Simon, Penn State Extension 4-H Educator in Philadelphia listened to the weather reports and the threats of Hurricane Sandy and reminded herself to alert the teachers participating in the program to be aware of any possible loss of electricity. Never did she think that the Hurricane would be as severe as it was and cause such devastation.
Penn State Extension would like to begin with a sincere Thank You to Heather Zimmerman for her wonderful work with Penn State in Philadelphia and all of her concentrated efforts in Horticulture Education and High Tunnel management. Heather has moved on from her position with Penn State, but will still be an active member of Urban Agricultural endeavors in the City!
From kicking up fresh Taco Salads to kicking steps on the classroom floor, the inaugural 7-week course of “Learning How to Cook, Eat, and Live a Healthy Life” is well on its way.
In classes based on the Penn State Extension’s ‘Composting Is Recycling Naturally’ presentation, students studying Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management at Philadelphia’s W.B. Saul High School have learned the backyard composting process for the last 7 years.
Robotics is becoming one of the fastest growing areas in Penn State Extension 4-H science. With its focus on engineering, creative problem solving, mathematics, teamwork, applied science, and fun, the new curriculum has generated enthusiastic participants and considerable success in its first year.
Mention the word “super” and what comes to mind? Flying superheroes? Certainly. However, a SuperCupboard is an altogether different hero that does not require a cape or special powers, but does call for a unique partnership.
Penn State Extension 4-H continues its work with The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department (PPR) with the development of three new gardens and the expansion of three existing gardens.
Last month, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Urban Sustainability Forum highlighted the ways in which Philadelphia’s high tunnel farms contribute to the food security of our neighborhoods. At the event, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and 4-H staff shared their knowledge and presented program information to colleagues and friends while mingling with the near capacity audience.
With the onset of spring, the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have picked up their telephones as well as their trowels to help citizens with gardening questions ranging from annual flowers to xeric landscaping.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country and celebrates agriculture as Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.
An unexpected opportunity occurred when Penn State Extension moved out of its West Philadelphia office and downsized into a temporary administrative space in Center City.
High tunnels offer an inexpensive way to extend the production season for vegetables and small fruits. They also might help eradicate a "food desert" in the southeast corner of the Keystone State, if a collaboration between Penn State Extension and community partners in Philadelphia is successful...
When she’s not working in the nursery at Primex Garden Center in Glenside, PA, Master Gardener Carolyn Booker, a trained draftsperson, can be found volunteering at community sites where her talent for garden design and skill at plant selection are key.
Penn State Extension is pleased to announce the commencement of the Master Gardener Class of 2012. Approximately three-quarters of applicants were accepted as a result of a competitive application process led by a panel of seasoned Master Gardeners...