Mike Peroni owns and operates Boistfort Valley Farm; growing certified organic produce in Southwest Washington. Located along the Banks of the South Fork of the Chehalis River 90 miles South of Seattle, the farm covers about 70 acres, and in season, employs 25 people. He has been involved in direct farm marketing since 1988 and sells directly to consumers through farmers markets and a thriving CSA program. The farm also supplies select restaurants and regional retailers. Mike shares tips for successful employees.
Penn State Extension of Lehigh County is pleased to announce a workshop on December 10, 2014, devoted to helping farmers assess and choose marketing methods. Those interested in direct-to-consumer sales will learn with experts from Pennsylvania and New York.
Ever wonder how the Production guide is updated?
Read more about the new rule on biodegradable mulches for organic production.
Cucurbit scab can cause a dramatic decrease in fruit quality of various cucurbit crops, including summer and winter squash, pumpkin, melon, and watermelon.
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.
Attention all Cucurbit Growers! We know you are very aware of how important the pollination of your crop is to the success of your growing season! However, you might not have been introduced to one of the best friends that your crop has - the squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa).
Based on FDA's outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA is proposing revisions to its proposed rule on produce safety.
Vegetable and field crops are grown on about 2000 acres at Brian Campbell Farms. On September 12, 2014, Rachel Troyer, the food safety and integrated pest management manager, gave us a tour focusing on how they grow broccoli.
This article reviews three of the newest biopesticides on the market for small fruit and vegetable growers: Grandevo, Met52 and PFR-97. These materials offer significantly different modes of action from traditional pesticides and add to growers' toolboxes for the control of whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and spider mites.
In many growing regions in PA, cucurbits including pumpkin have been hit hard with bacterial diseases. Unfortunately, the symptoms are now being noticed on the fruit as growers begin harvesting for the fall season.
In Pennsylvania, NCLB is favored by cooler temperatures and longer dew periods therefore, this disease is more problematic in later season sweet corn plantings.
To date, downy mildew has only been confirmed on cucumber in PA. Since downy mildew does not affect the fruit, as fruit reaches maturity, the management of this disease can become less a priority.
This school covers everything you wanted to know about vinecrop production in one intensive day. Topics include: basics of production, variety performance, disease, insect, fertility, and weed management considerations for organic production, and marketing pointers.
This year in particular has been a tough year for blueberries. We've had some winter injury issues, but in addition to those, we are seeing nutritional problems that tend to recur on different farms in various years.
Although there are areas across the state where late blight hasn't been observed, it continues to spread within commercial fields and home gardens in 19 counties where it has been confirmed.
Downy mildew has been confirmed on field grown cucumbers in Centre Co. and in greenhouse cucumbers in York, Co.
Environmental conditions have been more favorable for Verticillium Wilt this year and as a result of the cooler wet soils, Verticillium has been diagnosed in multiple crops.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is sponsoring a tour to Spiral Path Farm and North Mountain Pastures on Tuesday, November 18, 9 am to 3 pm.