Agricultural Alternatives

The goal of the Agricultural Alternatives series is to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money. Whether you are a full-time farmer looking to diversify or a part-time farmer looking to generate additional income from your property, there are many important issues to consider when selecting a new enterprise.

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Cucumber
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Cucumber Production

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
Golden Delicious Apples
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Apple Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations. More
Red Raspberries
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Red Raspberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Raspberry production is well suited to small farms, as a small area of raspberries can provide significant income and equipment needs for an acre or so of raspberries are not great. More
Blueberries
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Highbush Blueberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations. More
Peaches
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Peach Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Producción Orgánica de Vegetales
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Producción Orgánica de Vegetales

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Hay muchas razones para considerar el cultivo de vegetales orgánicos. La producción orgánica es un sistema que se presta bien para las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Cebolla
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Producción de Cebolla

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Las cebollas secas (curadas) es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
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Producción de Maíz Dulce

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

El maíz dulce es un cultivo que se presta bien para operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Crianza de Caprinos
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Crianza de Caprinos

Melanie Barkley, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo. More
Cultivos de Pimiento
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Cultivos de Pimiento

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Steve Bogash

Los pimientos se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)
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Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)

Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Paul Patterson, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia. More
Producción de Papa
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Producción de Papa

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Debido a la amplia diversidad de tipos y el alto consumo por los consumidores, las papas son una buena opción empresarial para muchos productores. More
Potatoes
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Potato Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

With many varieties and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many small growers and can be marketed through various outlets. More
Onions
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Onion Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Wine Grape Production
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Wine Grape Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Flower Production
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Cut Flower Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More
Dairy Goat Production
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Dairy Goat Production

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. More
Tomatoes on the Vine
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Tomato Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Many marketing opportunities are available for small-scale growers, making it easier for growers to find niche and more substantial markets. More
Spring Lamb Production
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Spring Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment. More
Dairy Heifers
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Dairy Heifer Production

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

In most herds, dairy farmers replace 25 to 30 percent of the herd each year. These replacements represent a significant financial investment. More
Milking Sheep
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Milking Sheep Production

Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors. More
Watermelon
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Watermelon Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Broccoli
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Broccoli Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Initial investment in broccoli production is relatively low and can be throughout the summer and early fall. More
Pumpkins
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Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Snap Beans
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Snap Bean Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
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