Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

Fire Damages Dan Schantz Greenhouse Complex

The owners of the Dan Schantz farm said a fire that ripped through one of its buildings Tuesday night caused more than $1 million in damage, including the loss of flowers and bulbs awaiting shipment. Despite all that damage at the 83-acre Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses, it won’t affect the Easter flower season, the [...][...]

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Still Needed – Farm Show Helpers and High Tunnel Interpreters

PVGA is still in need of volunteers for the Farm Show Food Booth for the following time slots: Friday, January 6, from noon to 9:00 p.m. (6 to 8) Saturday, January 7, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.  (5) Sunday, January 8, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.  (2) Monday, January 9, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.  (3) [...][...]

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Young Grower Award Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the “PVGA Young Grower Award” is being extended to Saturday, January 7, 2017.  The Board of Directors voted to establish the Young Grower award that will be awarded each year by the Leadership and Recognition Committee.  PVGA members are asked to nominate a young grower (someone they know or themselves) who [...][...]

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Studying the Potato Famine Pathogen

New North Carolina State University research delves into the movement and evolution of the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which set down roots in the United States before attacking Europe. To track the evolution of differing strains of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine and a [...][...]

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Real Solutions for Healthy Eating

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) launched a New Year’s campaign to help Americans turn their resolutions into real solutions for healthy eating in 2017. This campaign is supported by new and existing MyPlate, MyWins resources available on, which are designed such that Americans can decide [...][...]

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An Effective Vegetable Rotation

Issues with weeds, insects, and disease make certified organic production of vegetables challenging in the southeastern United States. Maintaining and building soil organic carbon in midscale organic production systems can also be difficult due to the warm, moist conditions that promote decomposition. The authors of a new study in HortTechnology say that cool-season cash crops paired [...][...]

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Strip Tillage, Rowcovers for Cucurbits

Plasticulture systems, the use of polyethylene mulch on raised beds with drip irrigation, are common in the production of many cucurbit crops in the Northeastern US. Plasticulture systems have numerous benefits, but concerns about costs and the environmental impacts of plastic disposal, along with expenses related to system installation, are motivating scientists to find alternatives. [...][...]

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Farm Market Tour Details Published

The details of the Farm Market Bus Tour planned for January 30, the day prior to the opening of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention have been announced here.  The tour will visit Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market in York, Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market in Loganville, Leg Up Farmers’ Market in York and [...][...]

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Hydroponics Session Schedule Announced

The schedule for the Hydroponics session on Tuesday afternoon, January 31, at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention was recently finalized.  It is as follows: Hydroponics  –  Empire Room CD 1:30      The Latest in Greenhouse LED Research – Dr. A. J. Both, Rutgers Univ. 2:00      Gone Fishing:  Aquaponics and Float Culture Salad Greens Production [...][...]

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Delay Sought in New WPS Regulations Effective Date

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the January 2017 start date of its worker protection safety rule.  AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their [...][...]

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