The Rhode Island Fruit Growers’ Association (RIFGA) honored Extension Fruit Specialist Heather Faubert at the University of Rhode Island (URI) for her Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work with fruit growers. Sandie Barden, co-owner of Barden Family Orchard, presented Faubert with an award and a lifetime membership to the RIFGA. The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Continue reading
Though retired, Penn State Extension Specialist Tom McCarty is still the go-to guy for solving water problems involving pesticides and other potentially dangerous potables. A case in point, chronicled by a Penn State magazine, showed how McCarty successfully solved the plight of a woman who was being plagued by an unknown malady. This Harrisburg, PA, woman had been experiencing nausea, diarrhea and skin rashes for three years. No one could determine what was causing her ailment; best guesses indicated some sort of possible allergy. Consequently the remedy, in light of that non-professional diagnosis, was to try to purge the house of possible toxins by getting rid of plastics, clothing made with synthetic fabrics, chemical cleaners, and furniture with formaldehyde. Air filters had even been added to the house but none of those steps were of any avail. Continue reading
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board announced the first round of grant recipients from the “Enterprise Investment Area” of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, with almost $220,000 awarded to 20 grantees representing sectors across agriculture, forestry and forest products.
The awards include funding for a barn for honey production, beekeeping courses and small scale mushroom growing; a kiln to support Northeast Kingdom wood based businesses; freezer space and a solar drying facility to increase production of cranberry juice and dried cranberries; and more.
“In Vermont, we are committed to supporting and expanding our value-added farm and forest industries, and while these individual grants are relatively small, they can make the difference in helping farmers and those who work our woodlands thrive and expand,” Gov. Shumlin said. Continue reading
MORRISVILLE, VT — Vermont 4-H’ers from 16 clubs in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties took part in the Northeast Regional 4-H Spring Showcase, April 13, at People’s Academy in Morrisville.
The youths, ages 8 to 18, demonstrated skills and knowledge learned through University of Vermont Extension 4-H projects. They competed individually and in groups in various categories ranging from action exhibits and tabletop displays to stage presentations, clothing revue, posters and photographs.
The top exhibitors in each category qualified for 4-H State Day, May 18 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre, which will feature talented 4-H’ers from throughout the state. Individuals and 4-H clubs selected to represent the Northeast region include: Continue reading