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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Tobacco Mosaic Virus on petunia. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Tobacco Mosaic Virus Prevention Starts with Worker Training - Articles Articles
The most important way that Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) can be spread from plant to plant is on workers' hands, clothing or on tools. More
Photo: William Lamont
On the Road: New Morning Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: New Morning Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford

New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. More
Producción de Ajo
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Producción de Ajo

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

El ajo es un cultivo que se adapta bien a una pequeña superficie o como parte de un negocio más grande de mercadeo directo que está en la búsqueda de diversificar su mezcla de cultivos. More
Introduction to Aquaculture
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Introduction to Aquaculture

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The type of aquaculture operation that you begin will be influenced by your financial and labor resources as well as available markets. More
Garlic Bulbs
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Garlic Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Garlic is a crop that is well suited to a small acreage or as part of a larger direct marketing operation looking to diversify its mix of crops. More
Flower Production
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Cut Flower Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More