Young Grower Alliance Network Tour of California
March 27, 2015
A group of 12 young growers just returned from touring fruit growing regions in Central California. Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance Network Tours provide experiential training in sustainable production practices and encourage innovation among this next generation of growers.
Planning and Preparing a Site for a New Orchard Begins 2 to 3 Years Ahead of Planting
March 26, 2015
Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. Before establishing a new orchard block, it is important to carefully assess all the factors that will ultimately affect fruit quality and orchard sustainability. Proper planning includes evaluations of business goals, management style, site characteristics, and market potential.
Upgrade and Calibrate to Optimize Your Backpack Sprayer
March 18, 2015
Backpack sprayers are very useful tools for crop farmers to have on hand. Whether your farm is large or small, newly established or centuries old, certified organic or conventional, there is a spot for a backpack sprayer or two on your farm. However, to make the most of a backpack sprayer, we recommend that you make some upgrades to the sprayer wand assembly and of course, keep your sprayer calibrated.
Looking Ahead to Spring Pasture Management
March 14, 2015
Here are some practical tips when looking to manage pastures this spring.
Farmers’ market season is just around the corner!
March 1, 2015
If you’re considering participating in a market this year or
continuing to sell your goods directly to the consumer,
joining Penn State Extension’s Farmers’ Market Conference is a great way to start!