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.
Calves and heifers are the next generation on the dairy farm and their health and management will strongly influence the future of the business.
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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 Videos ByWinifred W. Mc Gee Length14:25
Brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) associated with starting, or diversifying, a farm will proactively identify risks and appropriate mitigation strategies.
More Videos ByLee Stivers, Tara Baugher Length8:37
Integrated Weed Management in fruit production starts with scouting and identifying weeds.
Integrated Weed Management in vegetable production starts with scouting and identifying weeds.
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.
This fact sheet provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production.
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.
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 Downloadable ByLynn Kime, Marley E Skinner, Lee Stivers
A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in tomato plantings.
More Downloadable ByLynn Kime, Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner
A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in winter squash plantings.
More Downloadable ByLynn Kime, Tara Baugher
A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in strawberry plantings.
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Harvest Valley Farms is a fourth generation family farm. The farm is now owned and operated by Larry, Art, and David King.
More Articles ByRobert Pollock, Marley E Skinner
Joe and Sara Bozzelli founded Five Elements Farm in 2007.