End of Summer recap for the Penn State Extension Summer Interns.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Penn State Center ~ Engaging Philadelphia summer intern, Matthew Tsui, spent his summer working for Heritage Farm, an urban farm located in Philadelphia. Each day, Matt learned and practiced farming techniques, agricultural business skills and data collection with the exceptional staff and volunteers at Heritage Farm.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Penn State Extension summer intern, Nettie Baugher, has spent the summer working with the Philadelphia Orchard Project, a local non-profit. Coming from a rural fruit and nursery in south-central Pennsylvania, this summer has been a change in perspective and a valuable learning experience for her.
Last February and March, Charlotte Prové endured the cold temperatures and heavy snowfall in Philadelphia in order to study the role that urban agriculture plays in Philadelphia’s food system.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Students from St. Gabriel’s School located on 29th and Dickinson were all excited to sow seeds; at least before they discovered that the garden beds were filled with cat litter.
Penn State Extension in Philadelphia recently celebrated its first Nutrition Links program success at the Mexican Consulate, with space generously provided by Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales, Consul of Mexico.
Meet Penn State Extension’s Nutrition Links Educator, Suzanne Weltman. She was recently honored with the College of Ag Sciences William L. Henson Diversity Achievement Award.
During the next few months we will run a series of stories showcasing some of the wonderful individuals and organizations who participate in urban agriculture in Philadelphia. This first article provides an overview, context, and some background information on how these urban farms have gotten started growing food in the heart of Philadelphia.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The aroma of fresh parsley and pungent thyme permeated the room as students prepped an herb mixture to season whole chickens for roasting.
2014 was a wonderful year at the Penn State Extension Philadelphia edible demonstration garden in Fairmount Park.
Penn State Extension Philadelphia offers its 6-week indoor youth horticulture program at various schools and recreation centers throughout the City of Philadelphia.
It was a warm, sunny, fall day – perfect for grazing a horse friend and playing “stick the body parts on the equine”!
It's said that there's treasure to be found in our own backyards. At the Penn State Center in Philadelphia, that is certainly true for our talented Penn State Extension Nutrition Links team.
Penn State Extension constantly seeks new and impactful ways to connect with the communities we work within. Recently, an exciting opportunity has developed which expands the efforts of Extension to include those of the Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Philadelphia urban farmers, Penn State Extension Staff and Master Gardeners joined together several evenings this past summer for Penn State Extension's First Annual Farm Talk series.
This fall, as the plants in our gardens are dying back, the Penn State Extension Philadelphia Master Gardener program continues to grow. A new class of 32 trainees launched September 30th, and will meet weekly through mid-January to study together.