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Vegetable, Small Fruit, and Mushroom Production

Farm Food Safety

A demonstration of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is necessary to pass a USDA GAP audit.

Webinars and one-day workshops cover food safety topics specific to the mushroom industry.

A general overview of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for growers.

Production Practices

This category focuses on ways farmers can improve farm profitability and sustainability.

Vegetable and Small Fruit Schools offer one and two day intensives focusing on horticultural topics. Schools include Blueberry, Tomato Growers, Cucurbit, High Tunnel and Organic Intensives.

Education is offered to give farmers and representatives of agricultural businesses the latest scientific information about pests and pest management to decrease crop losses.

Under this topic, farmers receive research-based information on cultivar selection for field and high-tunnel production systems and cultivars of traditionally grown and new specialty crops.

On farm twilight meetings are customized to meet local production needs. Attendees receive recommendations from Penn State Extension to improve yields, weed and pest control, soil nutrient management, and safe pesticide application. On-farm trials and demonstrations show practical application of new techniques.

Penn State Extension's Urban Homesteading Series is designed for creative do-it-yourselfers with an interest in sustainable food and living adventures.

A vegetable and small fruit production and marketing meeting for producers and industry representatives.

All day or half day educational programs designed specifically for commercial growers and potential growers.

The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states. You can register for single sessions or the entire series.