The 25th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture, unveiled at a ceremony on Jan. 8, depicts the groundbreaking milk distribution designed to provide milk to at-risk Pennsylvanians through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program sponsored the sculpture which features the milk distribution program implemented in June 2014, an initiative implemented by the PDA and the two organizations. Continue reading
Farmers hear it all the time: “We have to educate the consumer.”
But what if the consumer doesn’t want to be educated? What if the consumer is simply looking for clear answers to honest questions?
The generation currently making the most noise about food production is millennials. They’re the children of baby boomers, ranging in age from 18 to 34. Continue reading
LOUISA, VA — At the recent Virginia Farm to Table Conference, Dr. Elizabeth Dyck suggested that there are opportunities for farmers in the mid-Atlantic to develop markets for locally grown grain.
The vision she illustrated was one in which entrepreneurial farmers realize higher prices for their crops than those found in the commodity grain markets. The premium would offset the production drags and higher costs associated with growing grain in areas outside of the nation’s traditional breadbasket regions. Dr. Dyck also suggested growing heirloom varieties as a way to bolster the possibility of success for such a strategy. Continue reading
Forest plants, native to the eastern United States, are in demand both domestically and internationally. While often wild-harvested, these medicinal plants can be readily cultivated in their natural environment. Whether it’s black cohash, goldenseal, or American ginseng, the potential for increasing forest cultivation of these crops is enormous.
“We’re talking about crops that have very exacting locations where they will grow,” Eric Burkhart, Program Director, Plant Science, at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Penn State University, said. “The way to approach it is to get to know your forest land. Don’t fight it. Work with that ecosystem.” Continue reading