Penn State Extension: More than soil samples

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

If you think the Penn State Extension Office is just for water or soil testing kits, which they do have available, think again. The Extension, located at 300 Center Street in Ridgway (the Courthouse Annex Building), held an open house Thursday, Sept. 6, for the public and showed off the variety of services it offers.
Of special interest to readers in Ridgway, Steve Marconi, head of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Project, was introduced and provided a broad outline, as well as a five-year timetable for the Community Gardens project. Ridgway Borough Council has set aside vacant lots on North Broad Street, between Clarion and Valley Streets, for the project.
Penn State Extension is a modern educational organization, dedicated to delivering science-based information to people, businesses, and communities. It provides access to face-to-face and online education to the customer, when they want it, where they want it, and how they want it, to help them address problems and take advantage of opportunities for improvement and innovation.
Partnering with, and funded by federal, state, and county governments, Penn State Extension has a long tradition of bringing unbiased support and education to the citizens of Pennsylvania.
Extension program teams consist of a collection of educators, associates, and faculty that come together from various units when their expertise is needed. Since program team members live and work in the communities they serve, they have a vested interest in ensuring their products and services better their communities.
Extension educators actively engage customers through in-person learning experiences, including workshops, conferences, on-site consultation, and more. Penn State Extension's digital experience provides on-demand access to articles, videos, and online courses.
From beekeeping to Starting a Dairy Farm the Penn State Extension office has the resources you need before beginning any project. For more information, visit, the local website with links to all local information,
or the main Penn State Extension website at