By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A multi-county extension agent specializing in the commercial vegetable and small fruit industry has been hired by the Penn State Cooperative Extension Agency in Franklin County.
Eric Vorodi, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., will work in Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties.
The specialized position is the first of its kind in the three counties.
"This season, my goal is to get to know as many growers as possible and to understand the needs of the people - a needs assessment," Vorodi said.
The area' commercial vegetable and fruit industry has blossomed in the last five to 10 years, Vorodi said.
Several farmers who have the land and want to supplement their incomes are breaking into the vegetable and fruit market, he said.