Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow

Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic. Organic gardeners plant organic seeds, support plant health using sustainable methods and employ eco-friendly techniques to control diseases, insects and weeds in the garden. Organic seed You may have noticed “OG” annotated next to some …

“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.

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.