September 7, 2000 |
The little hands moved more rapidly than a harvester as they picked cucumbers and green beans from a bountiful garden yesterday morning. But these vegetables didn't come from just any garden - they came from the prize-winning garden at Kings Highway Elementary School. For placing first in the organic-gardening competition at the elementary level, the school will receive $400 for garden supplies tonight at the Rodale Institute's annual benefit dinner. The Kutztown, Pa., institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the regeneration of agriculture through education, research and training.
April 14, 2006 |
If I tried to sell you a garden product that holds water in the soil yet allows it to drain, fertilizes plants, suppresses weeds, and loosens compacted soil, and I promised I could back up those claims with research, would you whip out your checkbook or report me to the Federal Trade Commission? Well, scientists are demonstrating that compost - the dark, earthy stuff that results when wet and dry vegetative materials "cook" into a whole greater than the sum of their parts - solves a multitude of horticultural problems, while also saving time, money, and effort.
November 14, 1995 |
The crisp, early-morning wind slices through the trees that border the Seven Stars Farm, fanning dozens of fragile leaves to the ground in a colorful blizzard of scarlet and rust. While some look at fallen leaves as a cumbersome nuisance, farm manager David Griffith sees the death of a leaf as a source of life on this dairy farm between Phoenixville and French Creek. For the last two years, the biodynamic dairy farm has used the loads of leaves collected by the Phoenixville Public Works Department each fall to make compost that fertilizes the topsoil year-round.
September 21, 1990 |
Robert Rodale, the "Mr. Natural" of the publishing world whose Lehigh County-based Rodale Press achieved bottom-line success while promoting exercise, self-healing and chemical-free nutrition, died yesterday in a car accident in Moscow. He was 60. Mr. Rodale, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the company that publishes the magazines Prevention, Organic Gardening, Backpacker and Runner's World, was in the Soviet Union to set up a Russian-language edition of one of his publications, The New Farmer.
January 4, 2014 |
Be honest. What kind of gardener comes to mind when you hear the word "greenhouse"? Probably not guys like Ed Egolf, a truck driver in Shermans Dale, in rural Perry County, northwest of Harrisburg. But his zest for growing tomatoes and peppers from seed indoors rivals any you'll find in elite horticulture circles. "When you're in the greenhouse working on something, focusing on that, nothing else really matters," he says cheerily. Though a popular fantasy, greenhouses aren't for everyone.
February 26, 2003 |
The organic-food movement is getting organized. Local grocery stores have organic-food aisles, and menus in restaurants all over the Philadelphia region include chemical-free salad greens. But fledgling organic farmers such as Gloucester County's Bob Muth have been unsure about how to set prices for their produce. "Growers who are new tend to underprice their stuff," Muth said. "Farmers operating in the dark tend to make bad decisions. " In response to queries from farmers such as Muth, the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa., launched the agriculture world's first organic price index yesterday.
November 23, 2000 |
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Samuel E. Hayes Jr. has announced $860,000 in matching grants from his department to 22 nonprofit trade groups, to help promote the state's farm products. The program funded $726,000 worth of such promotional proposals last year. "We started in 1995 with about $250,000 [and] 15 proposals," Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding said in a telephone interview. "The purpose is to leverage private promotional advertising dollars that commodity interests raise from their constituencies.
September 2, 2006 |
Covered Bridge Produce, a Berks County farm that supplied vegetables to 600 families in the Philadelphia region, has suspended operations, saying it ran out of money. Several customers said they knew Covered Bridge was having a tough year, but were surprised by yesterday's announcement and said they felt more sad than angry. "I don't really feel like I've really lost a whole lot in this, because it's been fabulous produce," Bala Cynwyd resident Lisa Nicholson said. As a subscription farm, Covered Bridge had collected $675 each from customers in the spring for a full share of 23 weekly produce deliveries.
December 20, 2009 |
Ardath Harter Rodale, 81, of Allentown, former chairwoman of Rodale Inc., died Friday at her home. In 1942, Mrs. Rodale's father-in-law, J.I. Rodale, started Organic Farming and Gardening magazine, and in 1951 the company introduced Prevention. After he died in 1971, his son, Bob, succeeded him, and expanded the company into a publisher of books and magazines focused on health and fitness. In 1990, Bob Rodale died in an auto accident while on a trip to Russia. Before he left, one of his executives asked him what would happen to his publications without him. "You'll have to trust Ardie," he replied.
July 31, 1998 |
Whoa there! What's this happening at the New Jersey State Fair? Looks like name-brand entertainment this year, along with the familiar parade of amusement rides, carnival attractions and agricultural events that make the state fair a popular family outing. The fair began last night and goes through next weekend. The headliner tonight will be the Fabulous Thunderbirds, fronted by original member Kim Wilson. On Saturday night, it's sax player Clarence Clemons, the legendary sideman to Bruce Springsteen.