Bison Pump Great for Watering the Garden

enny lives in a remote area. SO remote that her only source of electricity is her solar panels. It goes without saying that city water is not available to her. Her water for the home AND garden comes from a well drilled near her cabin.

Just outside her cabin, Jenny keeps a greenhouse. She had been using a plastic pump to provide water for the greenhouse and garden. Then one day, it suddenly fell apart. Made of multiple plastic pieces and held together by a few screw clamps, it was poorly built. Therefore, when it gave out, it was irreparable.

Jenny had heard about the Bison Pump towards the end of last year’s gardening season. The demise of the plastic pump provided the opportunity to upgrade to a Bison Pump. After talking with a knowledgeable company representative, it was determined Jenny needed the Bison Model 1900 Shallow Well Hand Pump for her application. A few days later, the pump was delivered. To say Jenny was happy with her purchase would be an understatement! She sent this email recently:

“The pump is awesome! Compared to what I had been using, it puts me on Easy Street.
I have been climbing down to the river many times each day carrying out a 2 gallon pitcher and a 5 gallon bucket. I was starting to look like Popeye right after he pops open a can of spinach…
I spent a lot of time admiring the design and welding and features of the pump…. So I just wanted to say, thanks. Thanks for getting me into the right pump.”

The Bison Pump is installed just outside the cabin, about 15 feet from the well. Due to changes in her environment, Jenny’s original water source was plugged up, forcing her to carry water from a river just to water the garden! Now she has reliable source of water just feet away from her greenhouse. Jenny was kind enough to send some photos after the installation.


Conway, Arkansas: January 18, 2018– The owner of a local manufacturer was awarded the “Patriot Award” by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“As a U.S. manufacturer, supporting our servicemembers is always a top priority. I’m thankful for the opportunity to help serve our country and especially our servicemembers.” -Tony Davis, Co-Owner

Bison Pumps is a manufacturer of Stainless Steel hand pumps for use in private groundwater wells. They are also a regular employer of retired servicemembers as well as Guard and Reserve members. The company was nominated by an employee who currently serves in the Air National Guard. This employee has had to deploy two times since joining the company. Despite the hardship of losing an employee for a significant period, co-owners Tony & Marti Davis have guaranteed his position upon his return.

The Patriot Award is the first in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) series of awards. It is awarded to supervisors who support citizen warriors in a variety of ways, such as flexible schedules, time off before and after deployments and granting leaves of absence as needed for deployments.

“My son-in-law is an active duty servicemember, so I know the sacrifice they make every time they deploy. Anything we can do to ease the burden–like letting them know they have a job to come back to—I’m happy to do it.” -Tony Davis, Owner

Bison Pumps are stainless steel hand pumps made in the U.S.A. For use in groundwater wells, the Bison hand pump serves as a back-up water source when disaster strikes. It can be used to pressurize a home’s water tank, maintaining pressurized water throughout the home’s toilets, showers and faucets. With hand-welded components and a hand-polished finished, the Bison Pump is the only hand pump to offer a Lifetime Warranty.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rachael Cox at 1-800-339-2601 or email at

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Winter Gardening Series: Jump-Starting The Garden Season

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series of how-to topics for area gardeners on four consecutive Thursday evenings in February and March at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.  All classes will be held in the Berks County Ag Center Auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

“There’s no better cure for cabin fever than planning for spring gardening,” says Beth Finlay, Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program in Berks County.  “The Winter Gardening Series is a chance to jump-start the garden season, hone skills, learn new techniques, and lay plans for your healthiest, most enjoyable gardens ever.”

On February 8, Master Gardeners Karen George and Martey Costellowill present A Gardener’s Calendar for Winter and Spring, a monthly outline to plan, prepare, and maintain your garden. This class is a guide to what to do and when to do it for your vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and lawns to have a prolific gardening season.  A session covering summer and fall months will be presented in our April Spring Gardening Series.

On February 15, Water-wise Gardening and Stewardship in Home Gardens will tackle water use and conservation, and smart approaches to protecting both plants and the environment.  Penn State Master Watershed Stewards will team with Master Gardeners to discuss rain gardens, rain barrels, plant groupings, and proven watering techniques.

The class on February 22 will be a Focus on Vegetables: tips and techniques for growing vegetables in home gardens, landscapes, and containers. Master Gardener Pat Magala will start the session with a general discussion of seed selection, seed starting, and vegetable families.  Then participants will spend time at in-depth learning stations on raised beds and vertical gardening; tomatoes and peppers, container growing, vegetables in the landscape; and seed starting and transplanting.

On March 1, Rethinking Your Landscape will help participants take a critical look at their home plantings to decide what can be removed, replaced, or rejuvenated. Landscape plantings have a life cycle, and some plants simply outgrow their appeal.  If a yard or garden is in need of a facelift, Master Gardeners can offer remedies for overgrown, outdated and aging plantings.

Participants may choose individual classes or may register for the whole series. Class sizes are limited to permit hands-on learning and time for discussion.

Registration is required, with a class fee of $10 per person per class.  Register online:  or by phone, 1-877-345-0691.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 610-378-1327 in advance of your participation or visit.