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Models for the Future

Penn State Extension partners with seven growers across the Commonwealth in a "Models for the Future" project to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young and minority farmers. Strawberry, blueberry and vegetable model plots illustrate best management practices and create learning centers for new farmer networks.

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant # 2015-70017-22852.

Founded in 2011, Good Work Farm feeds 125 families through Community Supported Agriculture Shares (CSA).

On forty five acres of steep Lehigh County shale, Scholl Orchards is the perfect site for growing fruit.

Harvest Valley Farms is a fourth generation family farm. The farm is now owned and operated by Larry, Art, and David King.

Twin Springs Fruit Farm is located in Orrtanna, which is in the heart of the Adams County Fruit Belt.

Bedminster Orchard is located on 16 Acres in Perkasie, Pa and is owned and operated by Brett Saddington.

Joe and Sara Bozzelli founded Five Elements Farm in 2007.

McCleaf’s Orchard is a fifth generation farm originally founded in 1888 and located in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

Establishing a modern high density orchard is expensive. It is important to prepare the site carefully.

Soil is not just dirt. Soil health depends on the biological, physical and chemical properties of soil. This video covers some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction.

Interactive budgets from "Models for the Future" plots allow growers to assess the costs and benefits of cover crops and other sustainable practices in their own operations.