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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Penn State Extension Resources Can Help Home Gardeners, Ag Producers Alike

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HONESDALE – COVID-19 and its impact on the national food supply chain has many people thinking about where their food comes from. Some want to support local farmers and their families, some want access to healthy, nutritious food and some want to become more self-sufficient or even small-scale producers.

Wayne Tomorrow! and its Agriculture Task Force focuses on creating and supporting the systems that help make that happen, and it has a formidable partner in the Penn State Extension Service. Powered by one of the nation’s top universities, Penn State Extension offers an enormous amount of educational information and support.

Chelsea Hill at the Wayne County Extension Office recently offered tips for people sourcing meat from local producers, outlining cuts and pricing, which is available at www.WayneTomorrow.com. She also said Penn State offers many online courses, webinars and articles that people can use to help them tackle hot topics.

Many folks have turned to gardening these days, as much to get outside as for delicious fresh herbs and vegetables. Victory Garden Reinvented is an eight-week webinar for first-time vegetable gardeners. The Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program is taking a fresh look at Victory Gardening, providing up-to-date, research-based information on best practices for growing vegetables in containers, raised beds, and in-ground beds. There’s still time to register for this free course.

On the website, you can pull up articles on everything from arugula to zucchini including disease management. You can learn to grow microgreens, compost your food waste, start seeds indoors, and create an herb garden. There are more than 300 resources available on backyard chickens and as many for honeybees, and they offer online course and webinars in all facets of small-scale agriculture.

Agriculture Task Force Co-Chair Bob Muller Jr. noted Penn State Extension also supports the entrepreneurial side of agriculture with courses, information and tools for larger-scale production of all kinds of things from vegetables to meat animals to horticulture and the value-added products that go along with them.

“Penn State Extension Service has been a partner with Wayne County agriculture for more than 100 years, and they bring all that expertise and the strength of a renowned research university to thousands of topics,” said Muller.

If you don’t see what you are looking for online, call the Wayne County Extension Office at 570-253-5970 ext. 4110 and let them know. You are probably not the only one asking.

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