Farmers Market Outreach Engages Community
Posted: July 23, 2016
Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón (R) explains Verticillium dahliae in culture | Image: Jennie Mazzone, Penn State University
College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students and staff volunteered in an outreach event on July 23 at the North Atherton Farmers Market to inform the public about common garden pests. They displayed educational materials at the venue and were available to answer questions about plant pathogens and insect pests.
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) Ph.D. student Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón and M.S. student Jennie Mazzone had the opportunity to demonstrate their research using cultures, diseased plant materials, and posters. Their involvement increased visibility for PPEM's research and public service, such as clinical diagnoses offered by the Plant Disease Clinic.
Students who participated in the event obtained experience in talking with community members about examples of common plant diseases, answering plant questions from home gardeners and growers, explaining plant disease cycles/diagrams, and recommending cultural management strategies. Emily Lavely, Ph.D. candidate in horticulture, plans to organize similar monthly events at the North Atherton Farmers Market.
Jennie Mazzone (center) and Emily Lavely (seated left) answer questions about plant pests | Image: Jennie Mazzone, Penn State University