1. Horticulture

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Pennsylvania producers harvested over 66,000 acres of horticultural crops in 2015.

Christmas trees may be grown in many areas of Pennsylvania however; you will need to absorb the input costs for at least seven years before seeing a return on your investment.

Greenhouses are becoming popular among producers who wish to add additional income from a small area of their farm. Greenhouse production may be year-around and can provide valuable cash flow throughout the year.

Small-scale vegetable production has increased over the past ten years due in part to the demand for local products and healthier eating patterns.

The green industry in Pennsylvania (PA) consists of four main categories, landscaping, ornamentals, floriculture, and turf and each has unique markets and strengths. These industries consist of both retail and wholesale marketing opportunities in all categories.

The term “small fruit” includes many of the berry crops such as blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries among others.

Before planting your first fruit tree, you should conduct your own research regarding production, marketing, and financing the enterprise.

Many associations pass along information and research results that greatly benefit the members. An affiliation with some trade organizations may also provide discounts for supplies and possibly insurance products.