Getting Started

Start farming aims to enhance the success of small and beginning farmers by providing education and hands-on training in: production, marketing, financial management, land acquisition, and other resource acquisition. This program supports beginning producers exploring, planning and establishing their farms as well as new women farmers, young next generation producers and next generation Hispanic producers.

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Calves and Heifers
Calves and Heifers - Articles Articles

Calves and Heifers

Sarah Cornelisse

Calves and heifers are the next generation on the dairy farm and their health and management will strongly influence the future of the business. More
Start Farming "Models for the Future"
Start Farming "Models for the Future" - Videos Videos

Start Farming "Models for the Future"

Megan Chawner

8:54

This video shares impacts from a Penn State Extension beginning farmer project to establish on-farm apple demonstration plots, called “Models for the Future”. More
Mapping your Business with SWOT
Mapping your Business with SWOT - Videos Videos

Mapping your Business with SWOT

Winifred W. Mc Gee

14:25

Brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) associated with starting, or diversifying, a farm will proactively identify risks and appropriate mitigation strategies. More
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production - Videos Videos
Integrated Weed Management in fruit production starts with scouting and identifying weeds. More
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Vegetable Production
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Vegetable Production - Videos Videos
Integrated Weed Management in vegetable production starts with scouting and identifying weeds. More
Integrated Weed Management for Fruit and Vegetable Production
Integrated Weed Management for Fruit and Vegetable Production - Videos Videos
Managing weeds is one of the most challenging aspects of growing fruits and vegetables. This video describes strategies you can use to control weeds through an integrated weed management approach. More
El arar puede beneficiar o perjudicar la calidad del suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension.
Introducción a los Suelos: El Manejo de los Suelos - Articles Articles
El Manejo de los suelos More
Moldboard plowing, shown here, is a type of primary tillage. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Introduction to Soils: Managing Soils - Articles Articles
This fact sheet provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production. More
Collecting a soil sample to measure soil quality. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension.
Introduction to Soils: Soil Quality - Articles Articles
Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do. A healthy, high-quality soil is fertile, has good soil structure, and is biologically active. More
Recolección de una muestra para análisis de suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension
Introducción a los Suelos: La Calidad de los Suelos - Articles Articles
La calidad del suelo es lo bien que el suelo hace lo que queremos que haga. Un suelo sano y de alta calidad es fértil, tiene buena estructura del suelo y es biológicamente activo. More
Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget
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Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Marley E Skinner, Lee Stivers

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in tomato plantings. More
Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget
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Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in winter squash plantings. More
Models for the Future: Strawberry Budget
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A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in strawberry plantings. More
Dave King and his son Eli.
Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm

Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

Harvest Valley Farms is a fourth generation family farm. The farm is now owned and operated by Larry, Art, and David King. More
Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm
Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm

Robert Pollock, Marley E Skinner

Joe and Sara Bozzelli founded Five Elements Farm in 2007. More
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