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Blackberry Meadows farmer talks organic farming

Blackberry Meadows Farm Started in 1989, Blackberry Meadows Farms practices organic farming. Founder of the farm, Greg Boulos talks about what it really means to operate an organic farm, how farmers revitalize soil and what the foods labeled “organic” on grocery store shelves really are. Created by Point Park University student Megan Bixler and Ralph Musthaler, photojournalist with the Salisbury... Read More

Blackberry Meadows farmer talks organic farming

Blackberry Meadows Farm Started in 1989, Blackberry Meadows Farms practices organic farming. Founder of the farm, Greg Boulos talks about what it really means to operate an organic farm, how farmers revitalize soil and what the foods labeled “organic” on grocery store shelves really are. Created by Point Park University student Megan Bixler and Ralph Musthaler, photojournalist with the Salisbury... Read More

PPNS wins 4 Student Keystone Press Awards

By Point Park News Service: The 2015 Student Keystone Press Awards have recognized three Point Park News Service reporters with several of its statewide journalism honors for student reporters. Graduate Alex Stumpf received a first-place award in the sports story category for “Ballhawks snag flies, fouls and occasional fan backlash,” about fans who to collect multiple baseballs at a game. Stumpf’s story also received an honorable... Read More

Military Madness

Stories and photos by Ralph Musthaler The Pioneer When I think of the remote Iraqi village of Al-Karmah, the thought of its charm as an earnest agricultural town is quickly overcome by images of death. Recalling trying to breathe life back into a fellow soldier who died before my eyes after an improvised explosive device heaved a nearly four-ton Humvee... Read More

A Human Ecology: The McConnell’s Mill Project

Content by Ralph Musthaler Every since humankind developed reciprocal relationship with its environment, the physical landscape has been deteriorating.  It was until the beginning of the industrial revolution that this imbalance became noticeable.   The combined effect of our need to tax the land for agricultural goods and the economic necessity for the exploitation of cheap energy has shifted the once... Read More

Allegheny County assessment shows inequities between wealthy and impoverished

By Ralph Musthaler Point Park News Service Amassed along Field Club Road in Fox Chapel lies property with market values in excess of $800,000, but the reassessments by a private firm reflects a value $15,000 lower. On Second Avenue, Braddock, property values hover at or around $9,000. The inequities of the court–ordered property evaluations, performed at a cost of $9.3... Read More