Penn State, Cornell partner on vegetable and small-fruit program: Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly Web-based seminars.
Presented by Penn State Extension's Vegetable and Small Fruit Program Team in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the last webinar in the series will be 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, titled "Fertigation: Scheduling and Water Quality Considerations," presented by Elsa Sánchez, associate professor of horticultural systems management, Penn State and Steve Reiners, associate professor of horticulture, Cornell. There will be time for questions and answers.
Cost is $10. The fee includes access to handouts and webinar recordings. Register online at extension.psu.edu/vegetable-fruit/winter-webinars or call 724-627-3745. For details, contact Stivers at 724-228-6881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
York County 4-H Discover Horses Day Camp: will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road, West Manchester Township. This day camp is open to all York County youth between the ages of 8 to 12. Youth will learn about horse behavior as well as horse colors and marking, grooming and handling techniques. Horses will also be on hand so youth can learn how to groom and handle a horse safely and properly. 4-H horse club volunteers and members will teach youth about horses. Cost is $12. Bring your own lunch, or lunch will be available for $3 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required by Friday. For details or to register, visit tension.psu.edu/york and click on "Events" at left. You may also contact Lisa Witmer at 717-840-7408 or email@example.com.
Master Gardener program: Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road, outside Hanover, will host "The Magic of the Master Gardeners" 2 p.m. April 6 in the park office/visitor center. This free presentation is open to the public and does not require reservations. Frank Reed, a Penn State Master Gardener for 15 years, will highlight the features of the gardens created at John Rudy County Park. These Penn State educational and demonstration gardens include annual and perennial flowers, native grasses, native shrubs, vegetables, fruit crops and herbs. Additionally there is a compost demonstration area, adaptive gardening and raised beds.
The 16th annual Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival: will be noon to 7 p.m. April 11 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at York Expo Center, Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Road, West Manchester Township. Featured will be everything for herb-lovers and gardeners, including speakers, workshops, displays and more than 75 vendors of plants, herbal and garden products, crafts and more. Admission is $5; children younger than 12 are free. For details, visit www.PAHerbandGardenFestival.com or call 717-503-2305.
Sale of items from herbalist Bertha Reppert: The Rosemary House in Mechanicsburg will participate in a one-time sale of herbal items from the personal collection of the late Bertha Reppert at the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival April 11 and 12 at York Expo Center, Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Road, West Manchester Township. Reppert, an avid herbalist, opened The Rosemary House and Gardens in 1968. She wanted to make herbs and herbal products available to everyone through her one-of-a-kind retail shop. Today, it is considered one of America's oldest herb shops. The sale will feature vintage, and in some cases rare, items from Reppert's personal collection acquired during her 30 years of operating The Rosemary House. Sale items will include mortars and pestles, medicinal tins, perfume bottles, culinary tins, nutmeg graters and more. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Bertha and Byron Reppert Scholarship Fund. Through the fund, two scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors in central Pennsylvania who intend to major in horticulture, journalism, history or political science.
Horn Farm announces a new incubator farmer: Lisa Augustyniak, owner of Sweet Nature Farm, is the newest farm in the Incubator Farms Project at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education. Sweet Nature Farm will grow diverse varieties of vegetables and herbs as well as flowers on a half-acre plot. Sweet Nature Farm will offer 10 CSA or Community Supported Agriculture shares, and will sell produce, flower bouquets and home-baked goods (featuring gluten-free and vegan item) at Horn Farm Center's farmstand. The farmstand will open for the 2014 season 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 and will be open throughout the growing season 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.hornfarmcenter.org for details on Sweet Nature Farm as well as the other Incubator Farmers: Green Moon Farm, Kilgore Family Farm and Sterling Farm. All these farms still have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) options available.
Williams Grove Farmers Flea Market: hosted by Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, is open sunrise to 2 p.m. every Sunday, weather permitting, throughout the year, at Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds, Williams Grove Road, Williams Grove. All vendors must have and display a current Pennsylvania sales tax license. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 717-766-4001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, visit www.wghsea.org.
Adams County Beef Producers: meet the first Tuesday of each month. Membership is $20 a year, and applications can be obtained through Angie Young at 717-337-3758. All are welcome.
Vendors needed for new farmers market: The Village of Stoverstown, between New Salem and Spring Grove in North Codorus Township, is planning a new Farmers Market. Because of the growing interest in local food, if enough vendors respond, it will begin in June. The market will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month through October. Interested farmers and artisans of fresh local produce and other farm products, homemade canned goods, prepackaged bakery items, personal care products, etc., should contact Rebecca Colby at email@example.com.
Garden plots available at the Horn Farm: If you love gardening and fresh food but have limited space to grow your own, the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education in Hellam Township offers plots for rent in its community gardens. A 20-foot-square plot can be rented for $40, with the option to add up to three additional plots at $25 each per renter. A few year-round plots are available as well. Garden plots are open from mid-April until the end of October. For details, call 717-757-6441 or visit www.hornfarmcenter.org.
Increased opportunities for farmers: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced changes to farm loan programs as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs is available at www.usda.gov/documents/2014-farm-bill-changes-to-flp.pdf, and changes include expanded lending opportunities for thousands of farmers and ranchers, including greater flexibility in determining eligibility, raising loan limits, and emphasizing beginning and socially disadvantaged producers.
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