Resources on Land, Capital and Equipment from Breaking the Barriers
Posted: May 1, 2012
Sue Milshaw, Agricultural Program Manager, CCEDC
Andy Terrell, Loan Officer, MidAtlantic Farm Credit
A blog on Breaking the Myths is coming soon! Stay tuned!
For more information about the Incubators presentation, you can also check out the blog at: Agricultural Incubators Provide Access to Land, Equipment, Infrastructure for Farm Start-Up
Equipment on a Budget and the Farm Hack Project
Ben Shute, Hearty Roots Community Farm
The presentations and blogs on Hearty Roots Farm and the Farm Hack project are coming soon. Stay tuned!
Leah Tewksbury, Tewksbury Grace Farm
Leah Tewksbury shared her absolute passion for farming in her "One Farms' Start Up" presentation. Leah and her husband farm two acres of raised beds and shiitake mushrooms and have an additional 3 acres of woodlands and 16 acres of native prairie in Muncy, PA. From land purchase to today's flourishing CSA, Leah walked participants through her developing and successful farm. "We bought a farm with shale ground, on a mountain top, with no water and lousy soil," she said. By learning everything she could about soil chemistry, increasing organic matter, and building infrastructure on a budget to fit her needs, she has built her farm dream.
Brian Moyer, Program Assistant, Penn State Extension
Did you know a total of 1% of ag sales are through direct marketing? Pennsylvania is the third highest state in direct ag sales behind only California and New York. Brian shared with us the different types of consumers (periphery vs. core customers and the outer and inner mid-level consumers in between) and avenues to market your products, from CSAs and wholesaling to on-farm, farmers, and retail markets. Brian is involved in many marketing workshops and courses offered by Penn State Extension. To learn more about direct marketing and consumer interests, be sure to attend one of his sessions!