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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Supporting Young, New, and Minority Farmers - News News
Two grants support Penn State's Extension programs for a next generation of farmers. More
Hail damaged apples which now have no value. Photo: Lynn Kime, Penn State
Insurance Options for Small and Beginning Farmers - News News
Small and beginning farmers qualify for several programs that can provide a much needed safety net. More
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish - News News
An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples. More
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation
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This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting. More
Introduction to Value-Added Dairy
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Introduction to Value-Added Dairy


3 hours

In this online course, learn about producing dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese. Apply marketing and financial tools to make profitable decisions. More
Food for Profit
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Food for Profit


4 hours, 30 minutes

In this online course, small-scale food business entrepreneurs learn how to create a business using marketing, pricing, financing, and risk management tools. More
Retail Farm Market School
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Retail Farm Market School


6 hours

This online course teaches the basics of handling, preparing, and selling produce. Learn hands-on strategies to apply at markets and roadside stands. 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
Scholl Orchards location in Kempton, Pennsylvania
An Evening With Scholl Orchards - News News

An Evening With Scholl Orchards


The Lehigh Valley Study Circle Network began its 2017 season with a meeting hosted by Scholl Orchards, located in Bethlehem and Kempton PA. More
Organic Field Crop Study Circles in Pennsylvania
Organic Field Crop Study Circles in Pennsylvania - News News
Study Circle meetings provide a relaxed atmosphere where participants share information with each other as well as learn from and ask questions of the experts. More
Videos have been translated into Spanish by native speakers to explain horticultural topics important to Hispanic and Latino fruit producers.
Extension Translates Tree Fruit Videos into Spanish - News News
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for Spanish speaking fruit growers. More
Start with the right tools: production guides, paper, pen, and a farm map!
Where Do I Put My Crops? A Quick Guide to Planning a Vegetable Crop Rotation - News News
Starting up a new vegetable farm requires a lot of planning. More
Learn Now Videos provide concise, step by step information for growers in a variety of subject areas on demand.
Tree Fruit Extension Programming On Demand - News News
The Penn State Tree Fruit Extension team is launching a series of videos which provide information on areas of interest to beginning growers in ten minutes or less. More
Study circle locations across Pennsylvania
Western Hub Study Circle - News News

Western Hub Study Circle


Penn State Extension has teamed up with beginning and establishing growers across the state to offer study circle discussion groups. More