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?

Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to 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 be sponsored by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center and held at Wilkes University’s Henry Student Center, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Thursday,

September 18, 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 yours 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.

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 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’s tuition is $45 per person through August 28 ($55 after that date) and includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required, and may be accomplished on-line at, or by calling the registration coordinator at (717) 921-8803. For further information about workshop content, contact Extension Educator, Winifred McGee,, (717) 921-8803. Pre-payment and registration are required.





Lackawanna County 4-H’ers Place At Regional Fashion Revue

Ten Lackawanna County 4-H textile science members from the Glenburn Sewing Club competed in the regional 4-H fashion revue in Mehoopany. Those members were: Jordan Columbo, Kate Lloyd, Emily McCabe, Ava Ramsey and Kaelee Whipple, South Abington Township; and Hannah Conahan, Kathleen McMahon, Alanna Mecca, Marikay VanFleet, and Lily Whetsell, Clarks Summit.

Nearly fifty members from Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming Counties had their garments judged for appearance, fit, design, and fashion and construction techniques. In addition, participants attended workshops on modeling, creating a wool craft, and making a paracord bracelet.

The day concluded with a fashion show and awards presentation. To Lackawanna County members received recognition for their outstanding work. Kaelee Whipple was the winner in the junior wearable year 3 division. In addition, Hannah Conahan was the winner in the senior wearable division.

By placing in the senior division, Ms. Conahan will represent the region at the State fashion revue at the Penn State University main campus on July 29. She will compete against 4-H’ers from across the state for the top 12 places.

The 4-H textile science program, sponsored by the Penn State Extension, teaches youth, ages eight to 18, clothing construction skills and increases their self-esteem, poise and confidence.

To learn more about the 4-H program or to volunteer as an adult leader, call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

4-H Club Members Participate In Regional Fashion Revue
The ten Lackawanna County 4-H members who participated in the regional 4-H Fashion Revue in Mehoopany included, front row, l-r, Ava Ramsey, Jordan Columbo, Emily McCabe, Kate Lloyd, Lily Whetsell, and Kaelee Whipple. Back row, l-r, Kathleen McMahon, Hannah Conahan, Alanna Mecca, and Marikay VanFleet

June 2014 PSU Plow & Hearth Event

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are holding a Summer open house hosted by Plow & Hearth at the Shoppes at Montage, 2111 Shoppes Boulevard, Moosic on Saturday,    June 28, from Noon to 3 PM.

There will be plenty of free publications available along with the opportunity to speak with the master gardeners and other experts.

The subjects discussed at the program include:

  • Tree Care
  • Backyard fruit
  • Container Gardening
  • Pollinator friendly gardening
  • Landscaping with native plants

You will also learn all about composting from Barbara Giovagnoli of the Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability.  There will be special children’s activities sponsored by Lackawanna County 4-H.

For more information, please call the Extension Office at 570-963-6842 or email: