Beginning Farmers Learn the Basics at Living on a Few Acres
Posted: April 26, 2012
Penn State Extension Associate, Brian Moyer teaches backyard poultry production at a recent Living on a Few Acres course in Creamery, PA.
The short course was held in Montgomery County at the 4-H Center and hosted by Penn State Extension’s Start Farming team of extension educators. Participants learned basic agricultural production techniques from a wide variety of topics:
- soil management
- poultry and livestock production
- fruit and vegetable culture
- pest management
Similar LOFA programs were offered in Bucks and Lehigh counties this spring as well.
Participants commented “The course was terrific. I would recommend it to my friends” “All excellent topics and presenters”, “I learned something in every topic I attended. I look forward to attending more classes in the future.”
Learn more about the Start Farming Program
A team of Penn State Extension educators lead the Start Farming program in collaboration with The Seed Farm, the Lehigh County Agricultural Business Incubator; and Pennsylvania Farm Link, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Start Farming launched in 2009 in response to increased interest in farm start-up from community members. The program’s goal is to enhance the success of beginning farmers by providing information and hands-on training in production, marketing, financial management, as well as land and other resource acquisition.