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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Check out this episode of the radio show, Sundays with Sonnewald, which discusses the York County Local Food Summit.
Have you noticed the growing numbers of people who are faced with allergies to food? I don’t seem to recall many friends with food allergies growing up – perhaps we just weren’t very good about detecting them back then. If you suffer from a food allergy you may be apprehensive about whether you should eat out or not.
Mosquitos will be bad this year. Check out this news update from abc27 and our own Tom Smith!
York County 4-H has a Farm Animal Learning Center at York Little Theater for their production of Charlotte's Web. Check out this video from the York Dispatch for more information!
The 4-H Community Garden made the York Dispatch! Check out the article here.
The first edition of the "York County Mosquito Buzz" newsletter, published by Tom Smith, York County's West Nile Virus Program Coordinator and head of Keep York County Beautiful.