Capacity of agriculture to meet food, bioenergy needs the topic of sustainable agriculture seminar
May 22, 2014
Christian Peters, a crop and soil scientist at Tufts University, presented a talk on May 2 titled "Capacity of the Northeast to meet human dietary needs and the implications for sustainable food and bioenergy systems." The event was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.