Getting Started

Information on business management, including the Start Farming project, models for the future, land aquisition, value-added agriculture and food for profit. Resources also available for new women farmers, young next generation producers and next generation Hispanic producers.

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Non-Grain Ag Inputs for the Local Craft Beverage Industry - Articles Articles
Learn about growing alternative agricultural inputs for the local craft beverage industry in western PA. More
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Value of Growing for the Local Craft Beverage Industry - Articles Articles
What is the value to farmers of growing inputs for the local craft beverage industry in western PA? More
There Is An “I” in Team: The Four I's of Leadership Explained
There Is An “I” in Team: The Four I's of Leadership Explained - Articles Articles
There is a growing interest from business to encourage leadership skills, develop leadership abilities, and build leadership knowledge. More
Inspirational Leadership Matters: The Four I's of Leadership
Inspirational Leadership Matters: The Four I's of Leadership - Articles Articles
There is a growing interest from business to encourage leadership skills, develop leadership abilities, and build leadership knowledge. More
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Grant and Loan Opportunities for Starting your Farm - Articles Articles
There is very little grant money available but here are a few resources for loan and grant organizations to help you as you start or grow your farm. More
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Pesticide 101 for New and Beginning Farmers - News News
Whether you are taking over the family farm or starting from scratch, conventional or OMRI approved pesticides will probably be part of your pest management program. More
Best Practices: Customer Service Training
Best Practices: Customer Service Training - Workshops Workshops
Participants will learn to greet and serve customers to attract new business and retain existing patrons. More
Growing for Local Craft Beverages in Western PA: Alternative Ag Inputs
Growing for Local Craft Beverages in Western PA: Alternative Ag Inputs - Articles Articles
Agricultural inputs for craft beverages are not limited to hops and malted grains. Spices, fruits, and herbs are also heavily used. See the following infographic to learn more! More
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Building a Farmers Market - Workshops Workshops
Walk through the Market Square Farmers Market as a case study to learn about how to build a successful farmers market yourself. More
Food Entrepreneurs
Food Entrepreneurs - Articles Articles

Food Entrepreneurs

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Are you looking to start a new food business? Are you an existing business looking for information on how to maximize your profitability? More
First Steps to a Marketing Strategy
First Steps to a Marketing Strategy - Articles Articles
As a small or beginning farmer, marketing takes on a special importance as you’re likely unable to rely on past relationships with consumers or the ability to produce large quantities for buyers. More
Early peaches. Photo: Don Seifrit, Penn State
Peaches: Harvest and Postharvest Handling - Articles Articles
Peach cultivars have different markers of quality at harvest that determine readiness to be picked, but all cultivars should be harvested in a fashion that allows for the best taste and storability. More
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Introduction to Selling Homegrown Produce - Workshops Workshops
Learn about your options as a backyard grower when it comes to selling your produce. More
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Industrial Hemp Production - Articles Articles

Industrial Hemp Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Heather E. Manzo

This publication focuses on growing industrial hemp for either seed or fiber on an agronomic crop farm with a typical complement of tillage, planting, and harvest equipment. More
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Find Your Niche: Cultivating Customers that Share Your Passion for Your Business - Articles Articles
Every business needs a market-driven strategy to identify, target and reach customers looking for the unique attributes found in its products and services. More
Table Grape Production
Table Grape Production - Articles Articles

Table Grape Production

Lynn Kime, Steve Bogash

The initial investment for grapes can be high depending on the production method chosen, land preparation, and initial investment in the vines. More
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Exploring USDA Small Business Innovation Research - Workshops Workshops
A workshop introducing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a federal initiative for grant funding of innovative research conducted by small businesses. More
Distillers Tour
Distillers Tour - Workshops Workshops
Join us to discuss distillery business operations, production, and marketing. More
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Understanding Nutrition Benefits at Farmers Markets - Workshops Workshops
Expand your business and grow customer connections with SNAP, FMNP Vouchers, and other payment methods at your market. More
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials - News News
This Penn State Extension publication, in Spanish and English, is designed for use by orchard employees - often the first individuals to detect a new occurrence of a fruit disease or insect pest. More
Video Series: Integrated Weed Management and Scouting
Video Series: Integrated Weed Management and Scouting - News News
Managing weeds is one of the most challenging aspects of growing fruits and vegetables for commercial sale. More
Tree Fruit Budget Tools
Tree Fruit Budget Tools - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Budget Tools

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

Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. More
Small Engine Workshop
Small Engine Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Learn about small gasoline engine uses, operations, and maintenance. The workshop will focus on maintenance and troubleshooting typical problems of engine operation for small gasoline engines. More
Nitrogen deficiency symptoms on peach, which can be prevented by leaf analysis and block-specific fertilization.
Orchard Nutrition: An Overview - Articles Articles

Orchard Nutrition: An Overview

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Nutritional requirements of fruit trees differ from those of agronomic crops, cover crops, and orchard sod. More
Home sales in Lehigh County, PA from city-data.com.
Start Farming: Finding Our Customers - News News
Ultimately, good sales is about listening and solving problems for our customers and, like everyone else, our customers have problems. More
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