This 6-page publication in the Agricultural Alternatives series explains "agritainment," or simply providing an opportunity for entertainment in an agricultural setting. Forms of entertainment agriculture, marketing, advertising, and risk management are a few of the topics covered.
Aquaculture, the cultivation of freshwater and marine plants and animals, is one of the fastest-growing segments of U.S. agriculture. This fact sheet provides information on marketing and care of freshwater and marine plants and animals.
Approximately 120,000 beekeepers own nearly 2.6 million colonies of honey bees in the United States. This six-page publication, part of the Agricultural Alternatives series focusing on small-scale and part-time farming operations, covers many aspects of beekeeping, such as planning ahead, marketing, acquiring bees, diseases, and mites. It includes sample budgets and references for more information.
The equine industry in Pennsylvania has doubled in size since 1967 and continues to expand. As a result, demand for horse boarding services has increased. This eight-page publication, part of the Agricultural Alternatives series focusing on small-scale and part-time farming operations, covers aspects of operating a boarding horse operation, and includes sample budgets and references for more information.
Earthworm production is an enterprise that could be suitable for many small land owners. This 4-page publication in the Agricultural Alternatives series discusses growing, harvesting, and marketing earthworms, as well as budgeting and vermiculture.
This 8-page publication in the Agricultural Alternatives series will help you understand how our forests grow, steps to planning for their management, and how to sell and market trees.
Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Due to the nature of grape production, considerable production can be obtained on a limited amount of land. Depending on the variety produced, marketing can be either wholesale (for juice, wine, or the fresh market) or retail (primarily fresh table grapes). This 12-page publication explains marketing, site selection, land preparation and preplanting, ordering vines, layout and planting, trellis construction, pruning and training, fertilization, pest concerns, harvest and storage, regulations, risk management, and budgeting for wine grape production. Sample budgets are also provided.
This 8-page publication in the Agricultural Alternatives series discusses marketing, production--including selecting trees and sites, tapping trees, and collecting and storing sap--evaporation and boiling, bottling, and safety of producing maple syrup. A sample budget is also included.