Nicaragua is the western hemisphere’s second-poorest country, but it is rich in the friendliness of its people and the diversity of its agriculture. Project Gettysburg León has worked in the León region of the country for over thirty years, and together with the Young Grower Alliance sponsors agriculture projects in Nicaragua. Travel plans include visits to demonstration farms and agriculture sites in different parts of Nicaragua including Catarina, Tipitapa, Talolinga and León, led by PGL and YGA associates Javier Espinoza, Marvin Aguirre and Greg Bowles.
There are many ways to sell your product: farmers market, CSA, farm stand, wholesale, direct to institution, online, u-pick, and more. This workshop will help you match the right market mix to your customers, your business goals and your personal skills and resources.
The Farm Executive Workshop will enhance agricultural executives capacity to address issues of management process implementation and follow through, address problems and opportunities as they arise, and allow members to investigate thoroughly how to effect change. The focus of this intensive effort is not farm production. The focus is business management, growth and long-term viability.
Local soils and climatic conditions favor the production of apples with the highest fruit quality, which has been a competitive advantage for the Mid-Atlantic fruit industry over the years. There is a growing interest among consumers for hard cider, and producers exploring alternative markets for apples will learn how to establish a hard cider orchard and also important considerations for cider production.
Do you question your skills when discussing "hot" agricultural topics with others? Are you, your customers, and your media statements Ag Literate? The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is hosting a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2015 Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.