Penn State Extension Offers Dining With Diabetes Program

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the rising rates of obesity. Making good food choices, being physically active and monitoring blood glucose levels are important ways in which diabetics can manage their disease.

To help Type 2 diabetics understand and manage their diabetes, Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County in partnership with Elm Park United Methodist Church is offering a program called “Dining with Diabetes.” The four-week series will be held on Fridays, starting April 25 through May 16, from 10 AM – Noon.  A follow-up class will be offered on July 25 at Elm Park, 712 Linden Street, Scranton, the site for the sessions.

Each class will include:

  • Food demonstrations and tasting recipes
  • Physical activity and ideas to take home
  • Discussions regarding important information to help you manage your diabetes

In addition, lab tests to measure HbA1c will be offered. Participants will receive a pedometer, exercise DVD, recipes, and more. The cost of the program is $40 per person or $55 for two family members living in the same household. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive FREE registration and scholarships are available.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842, email, or visit and click on Lackawanna County.

Spring Workshops

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are pleased to announce their 2014 series of workshops for the home gardener, which is designed for all levels from beginner to expert.

  • Starting Seeds and Growing Vegetables, Thursday, April 24, at 6 pm

Learn how to save money and get a head start on the season by growing your own plants from seeds. You will learn how to reuse containers for germination, the best kind soil to use, light requirements, and more. You will learn tips for growing the best vegetables in your garden this summer.

Plus, the Lackawanna County 4H will be having a special seed sale so you can stock up.

  • Container Gardening, Saturday, May 3, at 11 am

If you have limited space or time, container gardening is a great alternative for those who do not want a big garden. You learn the best plants and handy tips for successful small space gardening.

  • Composting, Thursday, May 8, at 6 pm

Composting is nature’s original recycling program. Instead of throwing away yard waste, make it work for you. Learn how easy it is to pile up your grass clippings, leaves, and old plants and make a useful garden amendment.

  • Growing Herbs, Saturday, May 10, at 11 am

Herbs are an easy way to enhance your gardening experience and the dinner table too. Nothing tastes better than fresh herbs in your favorite recipes.

The 2014 spring workshops are a joint venture between the Greenhouse Project and the Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County. They will be held at the McNulty Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park,

200 Arthur Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510. The sessions are free but, reservations are required.

During the month of May, The Penn State Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions and give you the latest information on home horticultural topics. We will have soil test kits available for purchase and plenty of free publications to take home. Greenhouse hours will be Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm.

To register or for more information, contact the Penn State Extension Office at 570-963-6842 or email

Penn State Extension to Offer Food for Profit Class

Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product?

Then, Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit workshop is perfect for you. The seminar will help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting-up a commercial food business. The course will take place at the Penn State Extension Monroe County Office, 724 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How Can Food for Profit Help Me?

Food for Profit will take you step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process. It will provide you with the information and skills to assess if your idea will be something that will sell at a profit. Conducting a feasibility study to see if your concept is a good business idea, performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan are a few of the concrete tools taught by certified instructors and business experts. By attending this class, you can learn how to evaluate the opportunities on paper before you look for funding or take action, which will save money and time.

Who Should Attend the Course?

If you want to develop the skills to be innovative and visionary in your business – to grow your food venture – you will enjoy and benefit from this course. If you’re searching for innovative ideas about how to get your enterprise off the ground, this program is for you!

Registration Information:

Food for Profit will meet from 9 am to 4:30 pm, on Saturday, May 17, at the Penn State Extension Monroe County Office, 724 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA. The fee is of $45 per person and includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be done on-line at or by calling the registration coordinator at 717-921-8803.

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit coupons will also be accepted; MAFC members should check with their local Farm Credit Office for details.

For further information, contact Extension Educator Winifred McGee,, 717-921-8803. Pre-payment and registration are required.