Penn State Extension

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Penn State Extension, of which the above URL links you to the Philadelphia County branch, gives the following descriptive information:

Penn State Extension is an educational network that gives people in Pennsylvania's 67 counties access to the University's resources and expertise.

About Extension

Helps individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania with information and a broad range of educational programs designed to:

  • Support productive, profitable, and competitive businesses and a strong agriculture and food system.
  • Strengthen families, children and youth, and the elderly.
  • Build caring, safe, and healthy communities.
  • Ensure the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania's natural resources.
  • Enable people to better understand and deal with complex public issues.

What is Extension?

It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and county governments. Through this county-based partnership, Penn State Extension educators, faculty, and local volunteers work together to share unbiased, research-based information with local residents.

Here are just a few of the many ways Penn State Extension can help:


  • Managing time and stress.
  • Enhancing employment opportunities.
  • Maintaining your home.
  • Improving nutrition, diet, and health.
  • Developing the potential of youth through 4-H.
  • Becoming a master gardener.
  • Improving the lives of the elderly.


  • Managing family resources.
  • Making sound and economical nutrition and food choices.
  • Preparing and preserving food safely.
  • Improving your parenting skills.
  • Caring for children and seniors.
  • Balancing work and family.
  • Gardening and landscaping.


  • Increasing agricultural profitability.
  • Evaluating community and regional resources.
  • Delivering quality child care.
  • Certifying food safety.
  • Troubleshooting production problems.
  • Starting home-based businesses.
  • Preparing tax forms properly.
  • Using technology appropriately.
  • Supporting the food and forest products industries.


  • Strengthening community leadership.
  • Revitalizing communities through economic development.
  • Expanding and retaining businesses.
  • Educating county and local officials.
  • Improving community relations.
  • Managing water, soil, and forest resources.
  • Promoting cooperation among agencies.

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