Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Foraged Goods for Niche Markets
April 7, 2014
The increasing demand for wild forest products such as leeks and mushrooms present new opportunities for farmers, but maintaining a sustainable production base will require careful stewardship. At PASA’s 23rd Farming for the Future Conference held in February, Eric Burkhart, an instructor at Penn State, and the Plant Science Program director for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, discussed sustainable management of wild leeks and mushrooms.
Crop Rotation Strategy Eradicates Persistent Weed in Organic Hay Field
April 6, 2014
How can organic field crop growers manage perennial weeds successfully? What if perennial weeds seem to be increasing in growth and vigor, even with a good crop rotation? Such were the questions that Tim Bock, Wills Daal Farm, Kutztown, PA, a certified organic farmer, faced when trying to grow hay and small grains, with an ever increasing competition from mugwort. Tim shared his successful story at the Penn State Extension Organic Field Crop Study Circle in February, 2014 in East Earl, PA.
Organic Farmer Panel Shares Results from On-Farm Cover Crop Research
April 6, 2014
Three organic field crop farmers presented a panel discussion at the 2014 PASA Conference to share their experiences using diverse cover crop mixtures. The three farmers, Wade Esbenshade, Bucky Ziegler and Dan DeTurk, have been collaborating with Penn State Extension to conduct on-farm research measuring the ecosystem functions provided by cover crops in organic systems.