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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Retail Farm Market School
Retail Farm Market School - Online Courses Online Courses

Retail Farm Market School

9

6 hours

$169.00
This online course teaches the basics of handling, preparing, and selling produce. Learn hands-on strategies to apply at markets and roadside stands. More
Pheasants
Pheasant Production - Articles Articles

Pheasant Production

R. Michael Hulet, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds. More
Boarding Horses
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Boarding Horses

Donna Foulk, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Many people enjoy activities involving horses; however, they don't have the facilities to house their animals. More
Strawberries on Matted Row
Strawberry Production - Articles Articles

Strawberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The high value of strawberries creates potential for sizable profit from a small planting; however, the potential for serious problems also exists. More
Spring Lamb Production
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Spring Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment. More
Snap Beans
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Snap Bean Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Mike Fournier instructs sheep shearing.
Time to Think About Shearing Your Sheep - Articles Articles
The wonderful signs of impending Spring should signal all shepherds that March is also the unofficial start of the sheep shearing season. More
Swine
Swine Production - Articles Articles

Swine Production

Lynn Kime, Robert E. Mikesell, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

While the trend in the swine industry continues towards larger farms, opportunities remain to make money by raising hogs in a part-time enterprise. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
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Producción de Maíz Dulce

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

El maíz dulce es un cultivo que se presta bien para operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Turkeys
Small-Flock Turkey Production - Articles Articles

Small-Flock Turkey Production

R. Michael Hulet, Phillip Clauer, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends. More
Producción de Papa
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Producción de Papa

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

Debido a la amplia diversidad de tipos y el alto consumo por los consumidores, las papas son una buena opción empresarial para muchos productores. More
Producción de Tomates
Producción de Tomates - Articles Articles

Producción de Tomates

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

Los tomates se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Cebolla
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Producción de Cebolla

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

Las cebollas secas (curadas) es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Boer Goat
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Meat Goat Production

Melanie Barkley, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Demand for goat meat, milk, cheese, and hide has steadily increased in the United States along with the proliferation of ethnic and specialty markets. More
Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers
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Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers

James Dunn, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Marketing is important to all farm enterprises, regardless of size. It is strongly recommend that you identify and research your market before you become a fruit and vegetable grower. More
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