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October

Students from five high schools across Pennsylvania convened at Rock Springs for the 2009 Agroecology Day.

Counting carabids in a cup; Claude the clod and other critters; infiltration by rotation races; pernicious plants and weedy wanderers…what do these topics have in common?

Dr. Cameron Wold, an expert on shared kitchen development, provided insights at community visioning sessions.

For agricultural producers who explore adding value by changing a farm-fresh commodity into a consumer ready food, one of the biggest challenges they face is the cost of setting up a commercial kitchen – especially for a product that has not been tried in the marketplace.

Ron Hoover, Penn State's On-Farm Research Coordinator, plants the cover crop demonstration plots in Franklin County. (Photo by Jonathan Rotz)

Cover crops are one of the keys to success when it comes to improving soil quality and reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment.

Liberty apples at the Rock Springs orchard in transition to organic production.

Six years ago, producing certified organic apples in Pennsylvania might have seemed impossible given the wide range of pests and diseases that apple trees are susceptible to. But with increasing input costs and a market flooded with imported apples, Pennsylvania orchardists were hurting and some wondered if the organic option was worth a look.

Canada thistle grows in a reduced tillage plot (on the left) at the Rock Springs, PA site. (Photo by Rich Smith)

A team of Penn State researchers are investigating how different organic feed and forage production systems can be managed to deal with perennial weed populations without compromising soil quality.

Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Club visit Tait Farm.

Existing in such a prime hub for all things sustainable ag, the Penn State Sustainable Agriculture Club is a small group of individuals.