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agriculture program in the State College area. Brubak
er’s wife Liz likes working with the 40-50 members who
participate in the community support agriculture pro
The farm is also used to raise seed garlic called Juniata
Stinking Rose, which sells for $8 a pound, and Brubak
er’s daughter grows 80 varieties of flowers to sell to flo
rists and retail.
Although 25 percent of the profits go to the co-op, Bru
baker said the price he receives is still better than he
could do selling locally on his own.
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Direct marketing has pro
vided the income of Romaine
Erb, her husband Jim, and two
children on their Brook Lawn
Farm Market, Neffsville.
The market is open from
April through October.
Strawberries, sugar peas, sweet
com, tree fruit, pumpkins, fall
ornamental crops are sold retail
in addition to pick-your-own
2050 Pro-Vantage Network
Opti-FIo II Milk Pump
Automatic I.D. w/Sort Gates
Guardian II Pipeline Wash
6000 & 3000 gal. Dari-Kool
Tanks with Glacier Guard
Air Star Vacuum Supplier
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produce. Christmas trees, lawn
furniture, and mulch are also
marketed at the stand.
Flowers and a herb garden at
tract a growing number of cus-
prevented by zoning to expand
that aspect of business the way
Erb said that they tend to
comply with local zoning rather
Attractive displays and placement of items are import
ant marketing tools according to Erb. She likes to place
in-season produce at the rear of the store to encourage
customers to pick up other items as they walk through
She said that it is amazing the difference display can
make in sales. She placed patty pan squash in a little
wooden wheelbarrow. The attractive display grabs cus
tomers’ attention, and they buy the squash.
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 29, 2000-Al9
the Erbs are
A panel discussion by the speakers enabled the audi
ence to ask questions. Many seemed concern about the li
ability of on-site sales.
“A successful business needs a good banker, a good ac
countant, and a good insurance man,” Quigley said. In
surance men check out potential dangers and suggest
changes before an accident happens. In all the years of
operation, Merrymead had only one claim for injury.
James Beirlein, Penn State ag economist, conducted a
workshop on developing a business plan.
Dr. Lou Moore, Penn State ag economist, gave an over
view of agriculture and said that U.S. farmers have out
produced population growth. Although the number of
farms continue to decline, production is up.
Farmers share of the food dollar has declined from 48
percent in 1913 to 21 percent. The percent of income the
average American spends on food is 10 percent and de
clining. Other countries spend about 50 percent of their
income on food.
The annual conference, sponsored by Pennsylvania
Council of Cooperatives and Penn State’s Cooperative
Business Education and Research Program, is designed
for educators and those interested in the future of agri
culture. This year’s 11th annual conference was con
ducted at Holiday Inn, Grantville Tuesday.
Meeting Aug. 19
MILTON (Northumberland Co.) Saturday, Aug. 19
will be the date of a “progressive” field meeting with
travel to four different farms throughout the morning!
This meeting is being sponsored by the Pocono-
Northeast and Headwaters RC&Ds with cooperation
from NRCS, DEP, and Penn State Extension.
The purpose of the meeting will be to look at different
fencing systems that have been implemented in the area
with support from a grant received by the RC&Ds. The
grant promotes managed pasture systems as a way to
reduce agricultural pollution.
All of the farms are in the watershed area of the Chil
lisquaque creek, which is classified as impaired by DEP.
Focus is on farms that are converting cropland into pas
The meeting roster:
• 9 a.m. at the Jeff Foust farm, Mexico Road. Fencing
was completed last year to establish a rotational grazing
system for dairy heifers. Exterior fence is five-wire high
From Rt. 254 west of Washingtonville take Mexico
Road which runs back of the Montour DeLong fair
grounds. After passing the stone piles at the quarry, it is
the first farm on the right.
From Rt. 642 just east of Milton after crossing over Rt.
147, go about a mile and take Mexico Road to the left.
Follow Mexico Road, cross under 1-80, and go 3.5 more
miles. Look for the meeting sign.
• 10 a.m., Bill Vegh farm, 189 Hillside Road. Fencing
was expanded this year and a water transfer system is
being added to get water out to all paddocks. Exterior
fencing is six-wire high tensile. Rotational grazing is used
for the dairy herd.
From Rt. 254 a mile east of Washingtonville, turn on
Steffen Road. After about a mile, turn left onto Hillside
Road at the intersection. It is the first farm on the left.
• 11 a.m., High Ridge Farm, PPL Road. Fencing was
installed this spring. Exterior fence is seven-wire high
tensile. Interior alleyway and pond fencing is two-wire
high tensile. Fields are currently being renovated from an
expired CRP contract.
The farm is located a half mile south of Exchange.
From Rt. 44, turn onto PPL Road at the intersection in
Exchange. After about a half mile, at the top of the hill,
turn left on the lime which runs beside the black high ten
sile fence. Park beside the white storage building.
• 12 p.m., Warrior Run Acres, Lamar Eby, Warrior
Run Boulevard. Fencing and watering system were com
pleted last year to manage sheep and goats. Exterior
fence is high-tensile woven wire.
From Rt. 54 one mile west of Turbotville, turn north on
Warrior Run Boulevard. It is the third house on the right.
Lunch will be at the Eby’s immediately following the
Please call Ray Hosier at the NRCS office at (570) 784-
1062 ext. 101 to let him know that you will be attending
the field day- Call no later than Tuesday, Aug. 15.
than fight for exemption. Be
cause they are not allowed to
build a greenhouse, they have
had to work with a labor
intensive method of rolling and
unrolling plastic. Plastic is also
used to start corn, which is