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.
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 9th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 p.m. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pennsylvania is home to over one million private water wells and springs but it is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies. As a result, homeowners using a private well or spring must understand proper water supply management practices to ensure safe drinking water for their family.
Tech Storm 4-H Club's FIRST Lego League Team is featured in an article in the York Dispatch. This group has qualified for state level competition.
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.