Master Gardeners – A Volunteer Program Sponsored by Penn State Coorperative Extension

Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by county extension agricultural agents. Once they complete their training, Master Gardeners begin volunteer service. They cooperate with service agencies and community groups on a wide range of gardening projects. They often provide hands-on training through demonstrations for home gardeners, clubs, and organizations.

Gardening with Kids

When I was a teen, my young nephews Bill and James asked my father if they could have a vegetable garden “just like Grandpa’s.” My dad, who raised much of the family’s food, obligingly turned over two small patches of good, fertile soil; located rakes and hoes and other implements of gardening suitable for small hands; and provided enough seeds to plant the most basic of gardens – beans, carrots, and lettuce.

Know Your Farmer

“Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Project Launches Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a new website for the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. In response to the ongoing national conversation about developing local and regional food systems, the website was formed to support small and mid-sized farms. The new website is a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. Visit the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website.

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Buying local, going global

The farmers market at First Presbyterian Church in Warren, PA, offers more than fresh produce and baked goods — it also helps provide hunger relief to people across the country and globe.

This year, the farmers market donated $7,000 to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, which fights hunger in the United States and around the world through direct food relief, development assistance, public policy influence, lifestyle integrity and education and interpretation.