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Curriculum: Totally Veggies
Curriculum: Totally Veggies - Articles Articles

Curriculum: Totally Veggies

Dori Owczarzak, MS, RD, LDN, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Frances Alloway, MA, RD, LDN

Totally Veggies is a curriculum designed for educators to encourage individuals and families to eat more vegetables and increase the varieties that they choose for better health. More
Photo by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen Farm
Keeping Produce Fresh: Best Practices for Producers - Articles Articles
Fruit and vegetable producers can follow these best practices for keeping produce fresh and safe in the field, at harvest, and through proper postharvest steps of cooling, washing, storage, and packing. More
Finding and Keeping Good Employees
Finding and Keeping Good Employees - Articles Articles
As a new farmer, managing employees can be a huge challenge. More
Bombus in pollinator cover crop plots. Photo credit Tianna DuPont.
Pesticides and Pollinators - Articles Articles

Pesticides and Pollinators

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. More
Reducing Soil Borne Diseases with Cover Crops
Reducing Soil Borne Diseases with Cover Crops - Articles Articles
Soil-borne diseases can be devastating to vegetable crops. More
Bobbin attached to wire at top of tomato trellis.
High Tunnel Tomato Production Basics - Articles Articles
Tomatoes are king in high tunnels. Tom Ford, Penn State Extension, explains a few best management practices for successful high tunnel tomatoes. More
Neoseiulus californicus, predatory mite.
Mites Like It Hot - Articles Articles

Mites Like It Hot

Tianna DuPont

Hot, dry weather is favorable for mite infestations. Mites can be seen in tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries. More
Vicon spinner precision seeder.
Innovative Ways to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles
Cover crops offer multiple benefits from soil conservation to weed suppression. To reap benefits, the ideal planting time is mid-August to mid-September. More
Harlequin Bug Russ Ottens University of Georgia
Harlequin Bugs – A Growing Problem in Pennsylvania? - Articles Articles
The harlequin bug is an important insect pest of cabbage and related crops in the southern half of the United States. Recently it has been reported more frequently in southeastern Pennsylvania. More
Thor Oechsner showing screens from the seed cleaner.
From Field to Flour - Articles Articles

From Field to Flour

Tianna DuPont

Are local grain products like polenta, wheat berries, pasta, and flour possible in the Northeast? More
Stress is common when temperatures exceed 90 F for several days in a row, humidity at 70% or more, and night temperatures no lower than 75 F; conditions that rarely occur in this area.
Does Shade Affect Weight Gain and Production? - Articles Articles
Grass fed beef producer in Northampton County heard that access to shade can affect weight gain and thus his bottom line... but what does research say? More
Scouting frequently and regularly could save your crop.
Scouting for Pests and Diseases - Articles Articles

Scouting for Pests and Diseases

Emelie Swackhamer, Tianna DuPont

Plant, weed, hoe, cultivate, water, plant, fertilize, water . . . No time to stop and take a close look for pests and diseases? Take a few minutes. It could save your crop. More
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
Onion, Seed Corn, and Cabbage Maggots
Onion, Seed Corn, and Cabbage Maggots - Articles Articles

Onion, Seed Corn, and Cabbage Maggots

Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

These maggots attack seeds and small seedlings. While cabbage maggot and onion maggot attack only the seeds and seedlings of their namesakes, seed corn maggot will attack many plant species. More
Food Safety Tips for Washing Produce
Food Safety Tips for Washing Produce - Articles Articles
Water can move a pathogen from one piece of produce to a large volume of produce. Keep these tips in mind to keep your produce safe. More
Potting Media and Plant Propagation
Potting Media and Plant Propagation - Articles Articles
This article outlines basic recipes for potting media and research on organic transplant production. More
Photo credit: bigstockphoto.com
Seed and Seedling Biology - Articles Articles

Seed and Seedling Biology

Lee Stivers, Tianna DuPont

In order to grow food with a minimum of external inputs, organic producers need to understand much about the biology of plants and ecological systems. More
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production - Articles Articles
These two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. More
Teena Bailey
Transplant Production - Red Cat Farm - Articles Articles
Farm profiles new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. More
Plastic tunnel for early transplants
Transplant Production - Eckerton Hill Farm - Articles Articles
Farm profiles give new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. More
Field day participants discuss disease management with Farmer Anton Shannon, at Good Work Farm.
Start Farming: Developing Your Disease Management Plan - Articles Articles
A field day at one of Penn State Extension’s Models for the Future sites reviewed the importance of a comprehensive disease management plan for your operation. More
Start Farming: Planning a Crop Rotation
Start Farming: Planning a Crop Rotation - Articles Articles

Start Farming: Planning a Crop Rotation

Lee Stivers, Tianna DuPont

Creating a good plan for crop rotation in an easy-to-read map has many benefits. More
Thinking of Building a Website for Your Farm?
Thinking of Building a Website for Your Farm? - Articles Articles
Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central shared a few tips for successful websites at the “Websites for Farmers” workshop sponsored by the PA Women in Ag Network. More
The Adams County Farmers Market Association helps farmers catch consumers' eyes through the SIMPLE method.
SIMPLE Ways to Increase Direct Sales - Articles Articles
SIMPLE – Sales, Interest, Motivation, Purchases, Location, and Evaluation - ways to capture consumers’ interest and dollars in common direct marketing settings. More
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