The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network will deliver a One-Day Networking Symposium – Women Farmers: Heroes of Our Communities, on December 8, 2014, at the Penn Stater Conference Center, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Penn State Extension is looking for host sites for demonstrating best management practices and helping beginning farmers succeed. Be a ‘Model for the Future’!
On January 27, 2015 at 9:45 am in the Organic session of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Terra and Mike Brownback of Spiral Path Farm will discuss how they produce transplants on their farm.
The Seed Farm is proud to announce two full time fellowship opportunities for hands on training in organic vegetable production. Graduates will have access to land and equipment to start their own farms and have the production planning and equipment training to qualify for farm management positions in the community.
Basil downy mildew continues to plague basil growers throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.
The cooler wet field conditions made white mold a challenging disease to manage in snap beans this past season. Numerous acres were passed over for harvest as a result and overall quality was reduced not only in Pennsylvania but in surrounding states as well.
The Winter Wednesday Lunch Series of vegetable and small fruit production webinars returns for its fourth year starting December 10, 2014, and running through March 25, 2015. Penn State and Cornell University have teamed up to present this series of webinars to keep you informed about critical production issues.
Pallman Farms is located in Clarks Summit, Pa, just outside Scranton, which is in plant hardiness zone 6a. They raise direct marketed turkeys, grow 10 to 12 acres of pick your own strawberries and wholesale tomatoes. They have been gracious hosts to many Penn State research plots over the years.
The changing of the color of the leaves and the advent of falling temperatures at night along with pumpkin, broccoli, potato and apple harvest signals to me that cooler weather is just around the corner. Having worked many years with irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems in particular, I thought that this would be an appropriate time to share with you some tips on winterizing irrigation systems so that your system will be ready for next spring.
Mike Peroni owns and operates Boistfort Valley Farm; growing certified organic produce in Southwest Washington. Located along the Banks of the South Fork of the Chehalis River 90 miles South of Seattle, the farm covers about 70 acres, and in season, employs 25 people. He has been involved in direct farm marketing since 1988 and sells directly to consumers through farmers markets and a thriving CSA program. The farm also supplies select restaurants and regional retailers. Mike shares tips for successful employees.
Penn State Extension of Lehigh County is pleased to announce a workshop on December 10, 2014, devoted to helping farmers assess and choose marketing methods. Those interested in direct-to-consumer sales will learn with experts from Pennsylvania and New York.
Ever wonder how the Production guide is updated?
Read more about the new rule on biodegradable mulches for organic production.
Cucurbit scab can cause a dramatic decrease in fruit quality of various cucurbit crops, including summer and winter squash, pumpkin, melon, and watermelon.
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.
Attention all Cucurbit Growers! We know you are very aware of how important the pollination of your crop is to the success of your growing season! However, you might not have been introduced to one of the best friends that your crop has - the squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa).
Based on FDA's outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA is proposing revisions to its proposed rule on produce safety.
Vegetable and field crops are grown on about 2000 acres at Brian Campbell Farms. On September 12, 2014, Rachel Troyer, the food safety and integrated pest management manager, gave us a tour focusing on how they grow broccoli.
This article reviews three of the newest biopesticides on the market for small fruit and vegetable growers: Grandevo, Met52 and PFR-97. These materials offer significantly different modes of action from traditional pesticides and add to growers' toolboxes for the control of whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and spider mites.