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November 3, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan and Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writers
An E. Coli outbreak among children who visited a popular Montgomery County pumpkin patch and dairy farm is under investigation by health authorities. Robert Gage, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, said the county has 10 confirmed cases of E. Coli in children who recently visited the farm. "Several" of the children, 10 and younger, are "very seriously ill," he said. He said some contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome, a dangerous complication from E. Coli that can lead to kidney failure, other long-term health problems, and even death.
NEWS
April 3, 1988 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Staff Writer
From a distance, it looks like any other farm. A few hands sweeping out the barn and cows lolling about as a cool breeze whispers over springtime fields that soon will yield hay and rows of corn. But the Danville State Farm is far different from any other farm in Pennsylvania. The farm is the only one of its kind that is owned and operated by the commonwealth - worked daily by union employees, run by a state-hired farm manager and overseen ultimately by bureaucrats. And it loses taxpayers' money year after year.
NEWS
July 9, 1988 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The Agriculture Department announced yesterday that it would cease operations at the Danville State Farm, the only farm owned and operated by the state and an enterprise that has lost at least $1.2 million since 1980. Calling the farm a "boondoggle," Agriculture Secretary Boyd E. Wolff said its herd of 229 dairy cows and heifers would be sold at auction and the land leased to a private farmer. "We believe food and fiber should be produced by private enterprise, not by government," Wolff said in a statement.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | By Dawn Capewell, Special to The Inquirer
The Lumberton Township Planning Board has been presented plans for construction of 675 houses on Lester C. Jones' 803-acre dairy farm on Fostertown Road. Toll Bros., the developer, wants to build four-bedroom houses to be priced from $200,000 to "whatever the market will bear," according to Zvi Barzilay, vice president of the company, which is based in Horsham, Pa. The proposal is the sixth large residential project to come before the township in recent months, according to Pat Goldy, township clerk.
NEWS
March 18, 1992 | By Fen Montaigne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Resurrecting the Soviet Union is a tough job. Just ask the hard-liners who tried yesterday. What they got was Keystone Kops, not the revival of a superpower. After a wild-goose chase through the countryside, the staunchest conservatives of the old U.S.S.R. met by candlelight in a blacked-out dairy farm to declare the Soviet Union alive and well. And then they gathered with a small crowd of supporters in front of the Kremlin to cheer the good old days of communism. The entire day, from farcical beginning to weary end, was proof that, despite painful economic jolts, the former U.S.S.
NEWS
November 16, 1999 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Cochranville tenant farmer Bryan Huff was ready to take his wife, their two daughters, and their prize-winning herd of Jersey dairy cows and move to Wisconsin. "The land was reasonable, the feed was cheaper, the taxes were cheaper, and it was a dairy economy," said Huff, 39. But his wife, Patricia, who grew up on a dairy farm in Chester County, wasn't ready to move. Now, the Huffs, who run the farm by themselves, are about to buy their own, 155-acre spread in West Nottingham, thanks to a new state initiative called the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program and to a retired couple anxious to keep as a farm the land they have loved.
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
It offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hayrides, but Milky Way Farm at heart is a dairy business that's been run by the Matthews family for more than a century. Lately it hasn't been easy. Wholesale milk prices continue to fall; expenses continue to rise. The Matthews have had to sell a few of their cows. In short, the 103-acre farm in Chester Springs, Chester County, has a lot in common with other dairy farms across the country. "We can't just be dairy farms anymore," said Carolyn Eaglehouse, 47, whose father and stepmother, Sam and Melba Matthews, own Milky Way. Eaglehouse helps run the farm with her sister and brother and their families.
REAL_ESTATE
May 26, 1996 | By Susan Weidener, FOR THE INQUIRER
Matthews Meadows, West Vincent Twp., Chester County On a former dairy farm in a township where suburban-style subdivisions were all but nonexistent five years ago, the crop of choice these days is homes that sell for upwards of $300,000. Matthews Meadows is the subdivision, its 45 single-family homes located at the southern end of rural West Vincent Township in northern Chester County. According to township secretary Kay Segner, Matthews Meadows is one of three developments now in the works in this 17.9-square-mile municipality.
NEWS
August 8, 1997 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Both the township and the Great Valley School District have made formal offers to buy portions of Brightside Farm, the last working dairy farm here. While the school district is hoping its offer will be accepted, the proposed purchase has again highlighted political infighting among township Republicans, who are debating the merits of buying the farm. The school district wants to buy 55 acres of the farm, located on rolling countryside at Yellow Springs and Hollow Roads, about a mile from the Route 202 high-tech corridor.
NEWS
November 25, 1997 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The sale of a township landmark, the 130-acre Pyle farm on Yellow Springs and Hollow Roads, became final yesterday, with the property to be divided between the township, the school district and a developer. It was the township's last working dairy farm. Charlestown Township purchased 20 acres of the farm for recreational use and open space, while the Great Valley School District bought 55 acres for athletic fields. John Panizza, a local developer, has presented plans to the township Planning Commission to build about 40 single-family homes on 94 acres - 47 acres of the Pyle farm and 47 acres of a neighboring farm.
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FOOD
August 19, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
On a recent morning at Lundale Farm, a 520-acre spread in Chester County, Kim Albano of Ironstone Creamery was on her way to feed her pigs while, in the next field over, Emma Cunniff and Noah Cohen of Kneehigh Farm were dropping scallion and lettuce starts into soil freshly tilled into tidy rows. Cattle from Wyebrook Farm grazed on a hillside, beehives were stacked like condos near a strip of woodland, and, in a greenhouse, flats of True Leaf Microgreens' miniature basil, sorrel, and cilantro made a green patchwork, like an aerial view of the farmland that once dominated this region.
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
It offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hayrides, but Milky Way Farm at heart is a dairy business that's been run by the Matthews family for more than a century. Lately it hasn't been easy. Wholesale milk prices continue to fall; expenses continue to rise. The Matthews have had to sell a few of their cows. In short, the 103-acre farm in Chester Springs, Chester County, has a lot in common with other dairy farms across the country. "We can't just be dairy farms anymore," said Carolyn Eaglehouse, 47, whose father and stepmother, Sam and Melba Matthews, own Milky Way. Eaglehouse helps run the farm with her sister and brother and their families.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having weathered the economic ups and downs of farming and, yes, the weather itself, members of the Linvill family are celebrating what they call their crowning success: surviving 100 years in a volatile business. These days, the family stead in the heart of Delaware County is as much county fair and education as it is produce, but from all indications it is a thriving enterprise. Growing from a 10-cow dairy farm dairy to a 300-acre fruit-and-vegetable complex on West Knowlton Road in Middletown Township, Linvilla Orchards has evolved into quite the popular venue.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a turn of her head, Doris Thorn can look out across 127 acres of farm fields, and nearly 84 years of memories. "I'm told there's a bald eagle out there," she said recently in Chesterfield, Burlington County, glancing toward the snow-cloaked irrigation pond where her great-grandchildren flock on hot summer days. Her son's house is over there. That's her grandson's house back there. And those fields and barns outside her window are reminders, too, of her childhood on a dairy farm: of rounding up cows on horseback with her brother, squirting milk from an udder into a kitten's mouth, and their father nursing a sickly newborn lamb to health, warming it in the oven and feeding it with a milk bottle.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania divides a few ways: Phillies vs. Pirates. Democratic ex-factory towns vs. Republican ex-farming townships. Nittany Lions fans vs. everyone else. And Wawa vs. Sheetz - though that might be the least bitter rivalry: The state's two big gas-and-milk, Cokes-and-smokes, Tastykakes-and-store-built sandwich chains try not to fight. They're not like Ford vs. GM. Instead, they have mostly drawn lines and split the land between them. Like Comcast and TimeWarner Cable. Which you prefer depends on where you were raised: Wawa is Philly and the Shore from Jersey to Virginia Beach.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Displayed behind the antique stove in the corner of Mary Lou King's kitchen in rural Chester County is an oversize check for $100,000 bearing the words Unstoppable Mom! in large block letters. But the diminutive woman to whom those letters refer still can't understand what all the fuss is about. In front of a national television audience on ABC's Live! with Kelly and Michael , she learned on March 15 she had beaten out three other finalists in the show's "Unstoppable Mom" contest and won the grand prize.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
DANVILLE, Vt. - Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. While many farm programs have continued through the harvest season even though the farm bill expired Sept. 30, a program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices plummet has ended. Many dairy farms were already struggling with low milk prices and high fuel and feed costs as the worst drought in decades dried up grazing land and pushed up the price of hay and feed.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2012 | By Lisa Rathke and ASSOCIATED PRESS
Consumers will pay a little more for coffee and chocolate to ensure that the farmers who produce those foods get a fair wage. So why not ask them to pay more for milk? That's the notion behind a Vermont-based program designed to raise money for struggling New England dairy farms while educating consumers about those family businesses. Keep Local Farms urges colleges, universities, and other institutions in New England to charge a little more for milk, with the extra money going to the farmers.
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sure, the weather outside may be frightful and most of the farmer's markets are shuttered for the season. But for intrepid farmers, and shoppers who like to buy local, the growing season goes on. That's the word from Bob Pierson, whose Farm to City runs 15 farmer's markets and a half dozen Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs with a wealth of pickup points in the region. But those are summer projects. In winter (now through April), Pierson's attention turns to Winter Harvest, which he says is the largest and oldest buying club for local food in the Philadelphia area.
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