Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Homeowners using wells, springs or cisterns as their water supply should consider having their water tested routinely. Anyone served by public water suppliers who is considering water treatment equipment would benefit, too.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
A recent fire at Miller Chemical and Fertilizer Company on June 8, 2015 has been a major focus in the local media and for government agencies. Water from extinguishing the fire has runoff from the site and reached Slagle Run and Conewago Creek.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Many states throughout the nation offer Master Watershed Steward volunteer programs through their land grant university extension services; these programs train citizen volunteers in the basics of water resource stewardship. Now Penn State Extension, with the help of the Watershed Alliance of York, is launching York County’s own Master Watershed Steward Program.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
York County Master Gardeners were busy this year, providing research-based information to help York County residents solve their yard and garden problems with research-based information.
Penn State Extension held a "Home Water and Septic System Workshop" in September in Cumberland County and again in October in York County. A total of 82 people attended from 64 households, primarily from Cumberland and York Counties but also Adams, and Chester Counties.
York County Master Gardeners work in partnership with the York County Juvenile Probation Department and the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to plant, maintain and harvest the Gardens at John Rudy County Park.
A workshop designed to educate municipalities, engineers, watershed groups and students about the value of trees and green infrastructure in water quality was held on June 9, 2014 at the York Water Company Employee Center in York County.
Marcia Weber, Penn State Extension family and consumer sciences educator based in York County, has received the College of Agricultural Sciences' 2014 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award.
An update on the Westminster Livestock Auction, owners are in the process of rebuilding after a fire. Options are available for their clients.
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.
Our York County 4-H Fair was highlighted in the York Daily Record.
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.
It seems that we are experiencing more unusually warm periods during mid- and late-winter, so trees may be more susceptible than in the past to moderately low winter temperatures. Lessons from years in which there was a sudden drop in temperature indicate that trees most injured were those that lacked adequate vigor, those that were too vigorous, and those that had been pruned before the cold event.
A record harvest at the Gardens at John Rudy County Park resulted in a donation of 6231 pounds of fruit and vegetables to the York County Food Bank this year.
An economical and ecological way to collect rain water is to install a rain garden. Properly established, these gardens manage storm water runoff at a fraction of the cost of standard methods and beautify your yard at the same time.
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