4-H Information Event At The Marketplace At Steamtown

There will be a 4-H Information Event for parents and youth, ages 5-18, interested in finding out more about joining or starting-up Lackawanna County 4-H Programs on Thursday, May 10, at 4:30 PM in the Marketplace’s second floor meeting room.

4-H is the youth development initiative of Penn State Cooperative Extension.  It fosters citizenship, leadership and growth through a variety of learning experiences.

For more details or to register, contact Sandi Graham at the Penn State Extension Lackawanna County Office at 570-963-6842 or email

Spring Orchard Meeting

The Spring Orchard Meeting is designed for commercial tree fruit growers who want an in-season update on fruit production practices.

Date:       Tuesday, May 15

Time:       6 pm to 8:30 pm

Place:      Heller Orchards

Address:  54 Orchard Street, Wapwallopen, PA

About Our Hosts: Heller’s Farm is about 100 acres total: 60 acres are in apples, 15 in peaches,

2 in cherries, 1 in pears, and 1 in plums.  Greg is the sixth generation on the farm and third generation growing tree fruit. The orchard is celebrating its 99th year of operation. Many innovative practices are used to improve yield and fruit quality. 

Topics and Speakers: 

Gearing Up to Manage Tree Fruit Diseases in 2018, Dr. Kari Peter

 Timely disease management tips for early season, as well as potential issues growers may encounter during the Summer.  Updates on the new Tree Fruit Production Guide will also be discussed.

Monitoring and Management for Insect and Mite Pests, Dr. Greg Krawczyk

Updates on new tools and techniques to monitor and manage insect pests while protecting beneficials. 

Apple Thinning and Promoting Return Bloom, Dr. Rob Crassweller

Recommendations to help growers make decisions for apple crop load management and return bloom. Updates will also include orchard nutrition and weed control.

There is no fee to attend; pre-registration is appreciated.  To register go to, choose Wapwallopen/ May 15, 2018.

Contact John Esslinger, Extension Educator, at 570-316-6516 for more information.


Please join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County for Earth Day is Your Day!

We are committed to the values which established Earth Day decades ago. We want people to understand they can have a positive effect on the environment and our community. Visit with the master gardeners as they will have information on composting, growing vegetables, herbs, pollinator gardening and more. We can answer any of your home gardening questions. We will also have some fun and games. Plus, you can take home prizes – free seedling tree and herbs.

Our friends at the Marketplace at Steamtown will be hosting us Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first floor, center court of the mall, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.

Special guests with us will include:

  • Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center
  • Lackawanna River Conservation Association
  • The Greenhouse Project
  • Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability
  • LHVA
  • Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers Association
  • Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards And more!

For more information on the event, please call 570/963/6842 or email: