Hands on Specialized Equipment for Vegetable Production Workshop in July
Posted: May 3, 2012
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Seed Farm, Lehigh County New Farmer Training and Agricultural Incubator
Vera Cruz, PA
Producers will hear from Sara Runkel, Seed Farm Director, what worked best in on-farm trials this year and have time to try out equipment for themselves.
Equipment and techniques include weed control: mulching (black plastic, straw, landscape fabric), hand hoes (wheel hoe, hand stirrup hoe, cobra head hoe), tractor mounted cultivators (Buddingh weeder, low residue cultivator, Williams's spring tooth tine system), and flame weeding. Soil management: spader, chisel plow, moldboard plow, disc, BCS tiller.
The Seed Farm is a new farmer training program and agricultural business incubator in Lehigh County. Through its training and incubator programs, the Seed Farm helps start and maintain new sustainable farms in the Lehigh Valley, facilitating the development of a vibrant, local food system. The Seed Farm collaborates with the County of Lehigh, Penn State Extension Start Farming and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, to link new farmers with resources that increase the success of their start-up farm businesses. The resulting Apprenticeship and Stewardship Programs eliminate the top three barriers to farm entry -- land, equipment, and training -- opening doors for a new generation of farmers.
To register, click here or call Tianna at 610-746-1970. Cost - $27. Includes dinner.