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Working with Plain Sect Growers
Working with Plain Sect Growers - Articles Articles

Working with Plain Sect Growers

Jeffrey Stoltzfus

Learn about the culture and practices of the plain sect community, and take away methods for successfully working with this increasing population of farmers. More
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles

Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers

Minimizing farm food safety risks are discussed along with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension contacts for information on FSMA food safety inspections and USDA audits. More
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations
Penn State Extension Helps Growers Comply with FSMA Regulations - News News
Educators are available to consult with growers on their farm operations at no-cost to the grower and help them to see how close they are to meeting the new regulatory requirements. More
Ephraim by his tomatoes in his storage facility.
On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000. More
On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market
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On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D., Thomas Maloney

We headed up to Susquehanna county to visit 4 Seasons Farm Market. 4 Seasons Farm Market is a 143 acre farm owned and operated by Tina and Gerald Carlin. More
All of plants shown here are in containers, plus many that cannot be seen in this image. It would be nearly impossible to keep them all watered properly without an irrigation system.
Building and Operating a Home Container Irrigation System - Articles Articles

Building and Operating a Home Container Irrigation System

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Keeping many pots of flowers and vegetables watered consistently including when you are on vacation requires the installation of an irrigation system. More
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
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Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Have you ever wondered how commercial fruit and vegetable growers can consistently get such huge quantities of great produce even in dry years? More
Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash
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Container Grown Cucumbers, Zucchini and Squash

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great cucumbers and squash. More
Container Grown Peppers
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Container Grown Peppers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", should get you on the path to success. More
Container Grown Tomatoes
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Container Grown Tomatoes

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers
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General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Basic steps include: making sure you have large enough containers, using great potting media, fertilizing, dealing with pests,and waterering. More
Container Grown Eggplants
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Container Grown Eggplants

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", will get you growing great eggplants. More