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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Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production - Videos Videos
Integrated Weed Management in fruit production starts with scouting and identifying weeds. More
Models for the Future: Strawberry Budget
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A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in strawberry plantings. 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
Models for the Future: Apple Budget
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Models for the Future: Apple Budget

Lynn Kime, Tara Baugher

A spreadsheet tool for assessing pre-plant practices for improving soil health in orchards. More
Apple Rootstocks for High Density Orchards
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Apple Rootstocks for High Density Orchards

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

9:53

Commercial fruit growers are transitioning their apple orchards to high density production systems, and this is possible due to the availability of size controlling apple rootstocks. More
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish
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An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples. More
Innovaciones en Sistemas de Formación de Duraznos
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Innovaciones en Sistemas de Formación de Duraznos

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

9:09

Este video muestra los sistemas de muralla frutal Quad V y Hex V en duraznos. More
Innovations in Peach Training Systems
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Innovations in Peach Training Systems

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

8:19

This video discusses the Quad V and Hex V fruiting wall systems. 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
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
The Apple Orchard System Blueprint
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The Apple Orchard System Blueprint

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D.

9:19

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has identified seven fundamental components of a successful intensive apple system “blueprint.” More
The Peach Pruning Blueprint
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The Peach Pruning Blueprint

Tara Baugher, Rich Marini, Ph.D.

8:30

Peach trees are pruned to maintain tree size and shape and to help manage light and crop load. More
El Sistema de Planos para Huertos de Manzano
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El Sistema de Planos para Huertos de Manzano

Tara Baugher, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

10:39

El equipo de horticultura de la oficina de Extensión de Penn State ha identificado siete componentes fundamentales para un sistema de planos para huertos de manzana exitosos llamado “blueprint”. 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.
Start Farming Demonstration Plots - Articles Articles

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
Chester Blackberries
So, You Want to Grow Fruit... - Articles Articles
Unless you just want to grow fruit as hobby, a marketing plan for the fruit you intend to grow needs to be at the top of your list. More
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