South Mountain Speakers Series continues with a new lecture Saturday in Biglerville
It's not easy getting apples and cherries and other locally grown fruit to
roadside stands and grocery stores.
Just keeping the fruit healthy as it grows through the warm summer months in
the orchards around Adams County and the South Mountain region comes with its
own set of challenges, and many growers can attest there seem to be more and
more of those challenges every year.
The difficulties fruit farmers face and how researchers are working to combat
those problems will be the focus of a lecture 1 p.m. Saturday at the Penn State
Fruit Research and Extension Center.
At the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series, biocontrol
specialist and researcher David Biddinger will discuss the latest crop of
challenges, ranging from the stink-bug infestation that has caused considerable
crop loss, to the decline of native pollinator populations.
Light refreshments will be served, and his lecture will be followed by a tour
of the research facility.
"Fruit growers are constantly encountering new invasive species and diseases
that threaten the health of the numerous orchards that dot the South Mountain
area," said Allen Dieterich-Ward, chairman of the South Mountain Partnership's
speaker series committee. "Participants will find out how scientists and growers
combat these threats to the South Mountain fruit belt, and learn more about
research programs during a tour of the center's grounds."
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spokeswoman Christina Novak said this is the third year of the speaker series,
hosted by the partnership, and more than 1,000 people have attended lectures,
held throughout the region.
The series was inspired by the 19th century talks given by forest-management
pioneer Joseph Rothrock, who worked to preserve and restore Pennsylvania's
forests and natural landscape.
The next lecture in the series is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Gettysburg
Hotel when Gina Calhoun of the Copeland Center will discuss the mental-health
benefits of healthy eating, exercise and access to the outdoors.
The South Mountain Partnership is made up of various organizations and
citizens that work to protect the region's natural and cultural resources.
For more information about the series, visit
http://southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com, or call the Appalachian Trail
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IF YOU GO
The next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series is set for 1 p.m.
Saturday at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University
Drive, Biglerville. Biocontrol specialist and researcher David Biddinger will
discuss the challenges local fruit growers face. The lecture will be followed by
a tour of the outdoor research facility.