Chester County celebrates National Ag Day
The Chester County Commissioners recognized agriculture’s economic strength and abundance at their Sunshine Meeting Tuesday by issuing a proclamation in support of National Ag Day (March 14). On hand to receive the proclamation with Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich were 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show competitors who won numerous awards in their respective divisions: David and Kaitlin Bell (West Nottingham) B&R Angus, Kyle MacCauley (Atglen) MacCauley Suffolks and Richard Hostetter (Unionville) The Farm at Doe Run. Krummrich also highlighted the Chester County Ag Task Force members in attendance who typify the support network in place to help the industry thrive in the region.
Chester County Featured Farmer:
Rick Constantine of Herban Farms, LLC
Rick Constantine hasn't always thought of himself as a farmer, at least a "traditional" one. Initially an education major in college, Rick was persuaded to join his family's burgeoning hydroponic basil farm in 2004 as they were just getting the business off the ground. Located on the grounds of Cheyney University, Herban Farms, LLC, sells hydroponically grown basil to major super markets and specialty food stores all over the region. Despite the farm's growth, Rick still takes a very hands-on (or beard-in!) approach to pest management. Hear about the trials and tribulations he endures during his regular ladybug releases in the greenhouse.