Penn State Launches 'Start Farming'- Classes, Workshops, Demonstrations and Information for Beginning Farmers
Posted: January 17, 2011
“It was an exciting year with more than 400 new and aspiring farmers completing courses. Half of the participants are already farming and another forty percent plan to start farming soon.” said program director, Tianna DuPont.
Nineteen annual educational programs in ten production and marketing areas taught across the 8-county region address the three main barriers to farm entry: lack of training, land and capital.
- Living on a Few Acres (4 Locations: Bucks, Berks, Schuylkill, and Northampton)
ABCs of Beekeeping
New Farmer Potato Introduction
Introduction to Soils
Pasture Management Short Course
Food for Profit
Backyard Poultry Short Course
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
Breaking the Barriers – Access to Land, Capital and Equipment for Farm Start-ups
Sheep Shearing School
- Novice Farmer Study Circles (2 locations: Chester and Lehigh)
To provide beginning farmers in Pennsylvania and beyond with online access to start up information 24/7, Penn State Extension launched the Start Farming website. The website (http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming) features frequently updated articles with information on land, equipment, capital, fruit/berries, bees, chickens, pigs, and beef, sheep and goats. Website visitors can also tap into resources such as “Ask the Expert,” “Land Available,” “FAQs” and details on upcoming courses. Join their 'Blog' to receive articles and updates on upcoming classes.
The Start Farming Program team strives to help new farmers start and become more profitable, productive, environmentally sound, and engaged in their communities. If you have questions about this program, or want to get involved, contact Alison Grantham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-746-1970 ext. 8336. For a listing of all scheduled courses, see http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming/courses.
By Alison Grantham, Start Farming Program Associate, Penn State Cooperative Extension
Funding for this program is provided by the Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, Cooperative Extension; and by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009-49400-05869.