Sheep and meat goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of field days offered by Penn State Extension this spring.
This one-day course has been rescheduled for Saturday May 17, 8:30 am to 4 pm. This course provides information about pasture grazing management, soil fertility, poisonous plants and weed control, and managing manure. Course will be held at the York County Annex Building at 112 Pleasant Acres Road York PA 17402
Pennsylvania law requires every farm in Pennsylvania that produces or applies manure to develop and implement a written Manure Management Plan, regardless of the type or number of farm animals. The primary purpose of this workshop is to guide participants through the process of completing a plan for their farm.
Andrew McCrea will speak on, “Farming From A Consumers Point of View” - What can farmers do to better meet the changing needs of consumers and put more profit into their operation?
An update on the Westminster Livestock Auction, owners are in the process of rebuilding after a fire. Options are available for their clients.
GardenWise 2014, the one-day garden school sponsored by Penn State York County Master Gardeners will be held at the York County School of Technology March 8, 2014. There are sessions on many topics for all gardeners - from beginners to advanced.
A wide variety of topics about crop production are on the agenda. Network with other farmers, browse the trade show, earn pesticide applicator re-certification credits
The 15th Season - 2013 The Master Gardeners are very pleased to announce that the 2013 season, our 15, was the most successful one at The Gardens at John Rudy County Park. This year the Gardens produced a record of 6950 pounds of produce that was given to The York County Food Bank and The Catholic Harvest Pantry. Included in that total were 48 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs.
If you rely on a private well, spring, or cistern for your drinking water, you can learn about the basics of testing and protecting your private water supply during a two-hour Safe Drinking Water Clinic, sponsored by Penn State Extension and the Master Well Owner Network.
All York County residents are invited to attend the annual dinner-meeting of the York County Cooperative Extension Association. This will take place on Wednesday, October 30, beginning at 6 pm at the York County 4-H Center. After a brief annual business meeting of the Extension Association, there will be an audio-visual overview of the various extension programs, presentation of the annual award for Outstanding Extension Supporter and a guest speaker from Penn State Forest Resources on the topic entitled “The Return of the American Chestnut”. This is a wonderful example of an application of agricultural science providing a solution to a major plant disease problem of historic proportion. Contact the EXTENSION office to sign-up. Dinner tickets are $13.00 for adults, $6.50 for children 3-12 (no charge for children under 3).
Our York County 4-H Fair was highlighted in the York Daily Record.
Spend an afternoon learning how to identify ornamental plant pests and problems, along with various management strategies. Tim Abbey, York County Commercial Horticulture Educator will discuss problems encountered on ornamental plants in landscapes. Topics to be covered are Insect Pest Identification, Beneficial Insect Identification, Pest Monitoring, IPM Strategies for Management, including chemical and non-chemical options. The walk will be held rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Participants will meet in the parking lot near the Playground Field promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar now for the Pennsylvania Conservation Landscaping Field Day and Tour York County PA, Friday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. For landscape architects, landscape designers, contractors, land planners and other professionals in the landscape design and installation field
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a morning of free fun and learning at the gardens of John Rudy County Park (400 Mundis Race Road, York) on Saturday, August 10th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The gardens and this event are a project of the York County Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and the York County Juvenile Probation, in conjunction with the York County Parks and Recreation Department. The open house will be held rain or shine. Free refreshments will be served.
Interested in improving the productivity of the grass in your horse’s pasture? You may want to attend a pasture walk on June 18 at the John Salisbury farm located at 4314 Davidsburg Road, Dover.
Not just another garden tour, Gardening with Native Plants – The Tour is a great opportunity to learn how to make your yard more environmentally friendly. Sponsored by Penn State Extension and Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes (MAEscapes) five homeowners in York County will open their properties on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and show you how they are using native plants to conserve water, reduce pesticide and fertilizer use and create habitat for wildlife.
For consumers (and some very enthusiastic vendors), this time of year elicits shrikes of excitement and sheer joy as people line up to see which vendor has the early asparagus, rhubarb, or coveted dry beans preserved from fall harvest.
If you would like to make your yard and gardens more environmentally friendly, be sure to join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners for the Native Plant Fest & Sale, Saturday May 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402.
Beginners and advanced gardeners alike will learn some new techniques at the series of classes offered this year by the York County Master Gardeners.
The York County Agriculture Business Council announces the date of the 27th Annual Agricultural Recognition Banquet for Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the York Expo Center, Old Main Hall. The evening will begin with a social at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program.