Getting Started

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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Start Farming "Models for the Future"
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Start Farming "Models for the Future"

Megan Chawner

8:54

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
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
2015 Tomato Crop at Scholl Orchards, Kempton PA
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Tomato Support Methods

Megan Chawner

This article provides an overview of the many different ways tomatoes can be staked or trellised- either in the field, high tunnel or greenhouse system. 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