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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.
"Models for the Future" Demonstrate Best Management Practices - Articles Articles
On-farm demonstration plots are a key component of "Supporting Pennsylvania New Farmers in the Start-up, Re-strategizing, and Establishing Years". More
Soil testing throughout the project helps determine if any soil amendments are needed. Photo: Kristi Kraft
Start Farming: Establishing Farmers Prepare Fields for Fruit Trees - Articles Articles
"Models for the Future" demonstration plots showcase best management practices for producers in the establishing years of developing their farm enterprises. More
The Apple Orchard System Blueprint
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The Apple Orchard System Blueprint

Tara Baugher, Mike Basedow


The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has identified seven fundamental components of a successful intensive apple system “blueprint.” 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.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm - News News
On a recent trip to a wholesale marketing cooperative, the manager explained how she is always looking for more fruit from her growers. More