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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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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
Dave King and his son Eli.
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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
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Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm

Robert Pollock, Marley E Skinner

Joe and Sara Bozzelli founded Five Elements Farm in 2007. More
Models for the Future: Good Works Farm
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Models for the Future: Good Works Farm

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

Founded in 2011, Good Work Farm feeds 125 families through Community Supported Agriculture Shares (CSA). More
Brett Saddington talking with Dr Rob Crassweller about ideal tree fruit density.
Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner, Tara Baugher, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Bedminster Orchard is located on 16 Acres in Perkasie, Pa and is owned and operated by Brett Saddington. More
Explorando e Identificando Enfermedades en Tomates
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Explorando e Identificando Enfermedades en Tomates

Marley E Skinner, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

8:37

Este video revisa los fundamentos de la exploración adecuada y la identificación de enfermedades comunes y sus síntomas. More
Scholl Orchards location in Kempton, Pennsylvania
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An Evening With Scholl Orchards

09/03/2017

The Lehigh Valley Study Circle Network began its 2017 season with a meeting hosted by Scholl Orchards, located in Bethlehem and Kempton PA. More
Scouting and Identifying Tomato Diseases
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Scouting and Identifying Tomato Diseases

Marley E Skinner

8:21

Tomatoes are an important and profitable crop for many vegetable growers. This video reviews the basics of proper scouting and identification of common diseases and their symptoms. More
Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
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On a recent trip to a wholesale marketing cooperative, the manager explained how she is always looking for more fruit from her growers. More
Start Farming "Models for the Future" Living Classrooms
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Start Farming "Models for the Future" Living Classrooms

Tara Baugher, Marley E Skinner, Lynn Kime

Penn State Extension partners with seven growers across the Commonwealth to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers. More
Find a Beginning Farmer Network Near You
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Find a Beginning Farmer Network Near You

Marley E Skinner, Lynn Kime

Find Start Farming courses and study circles in your region. More
Model plot grower cooperators are in the re-strategizing and establishing years of developing their farm enterprises and incorporate many sustainable practices into their operations.
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Start Farming Demonstration Plots

Tara Baugher, Marley E Skinner

On-farm demonstration plots are a key component of "Supporting Pennsylvania New Farmers in the Start-up, Re-strategizing, and Establishing Years". More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
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Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

5:23

Here we talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Supporting Farmers in their Start-Up and Establishing Years
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Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. More