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For consumers (and some very enthusiastic vendors), this time of year elicits shrikes of excitement and sheer joy as people line up to see which vendor has the early asparagus, rhubarb, or coveted dry beans preserved from fall harvest.
Are you raising poultry and wondering what rules apply to you?
"What should I be pricing my melons at?" Take a step back and incorporate price into your marketing plan.
It is easy to let weeds go in the rush of spring planting. Try not to forget that a little time spent managing weeds now can save you huge amounts of time later.
It is critical to manage fruit diseases before you have them. Whether organic or not management is usually protective, not curative.
Free Webinar April 10, 7-8pm EST Join the Cornell Small Farms Program and FSA Senior Loan Specialist Carrie Novak for this One-Time Opportunity
FSA recently launched their new micro-loan program. If you are a new farmer who needs a loan of less than $35,000 the micro-loan program might be a good fit.
Here are some practical tips when looking to manage pastures this spring.
As you are about to shear your sheep this spring I thought you might want to review our sheep shearing videos. Mike Fournier, Penn State Extension demonstrates the six shearing positions as well as tool maintenance.
Check out this event featuring new farmers from our area talking about social media.
Right now, livestock farmers are in a difficult position. Feed prices have skyrocketed and it can be difficult to pass that entire increase on to our customers without having very expensive chicken that might be out of the range of most of our customers. We might need to raise our prices to help recoup some of the cost but we also need to find areas where we can improve efficiencies, cut costs, and know where our greatest expenses lie.
Exploring the Small Farm Dream is a course for people who are thinking about starting a farm.
Join us for tractor and machinery safety training April 4th from 2-6pm in Perkasie PA. Penn State Extension and Blooming Glen Farm will be hosting a tractor safety workshop for seasonal farmers, interns and farmers who have not received any safety training and may have become complacent about the dangers.
Are you interested in or currently farming in a city? Do you wonder how to access land, how to reclaim a contaminated site, how to maximize use of a small growing space, or how to most successfully target your urban market?
The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) are sponsoring three regional meetings for landowners and farmers on March 7th, March 12th, and March 14th to discuss leasing experiences, resources, and opportunities.
One question prospective beekeepers have is: “Where will I get the bees?” There are four possibilities. Package bees, nucs, swarms and established colonies.
Join us for Introduction to Vegetable Production, a course for people planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit and beginning vegetable producers who are ready to refine their techniques in order to optimize their production and profit. Penn State Extension is offering this course in Eastern and Western PA.
The FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit, fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is pleased to announce funding to support sustainability projects for small- to mid-size farms. PA farms in the Delaware Valley qualify for this program.
Spring is in the air. “What?” you say, “It is the coldest day of the year.” Well that may be true but as farmers I am sure you are all busy thinking about spring already.