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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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
Specialty Crop Tour
Young Grower Alliance offers educational opportunities for young fruit growers taking over the family operation, developing a new enterprise, or innovating production practices. 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
Videos have been translated into Spanish by native speakers to explain horticultural topics important to Hispanic and Latino fruit producers.
Extension Translates Tree Fruit Videos into Spanish - News News
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for Spanish speaking fruit growers. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Soil Quality Information - Articles Articles
Healthy soils yield healthy crops, But what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? More
Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits
Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits - Articles Articles
Before planting your first fruit tree, you should conduct your own research regarding production, marketing, and financing the enterprise. More
Cómo diagnosticar un problema en la planta – 101
Cómo diagnosticar un problema en la planta – 101 - Articles Articles
¿Hay algún problema con su planta? ¿Cuál es la causa? No asuma que sabe la respuesta y accidentalmente trate el problema equivocado. More
Nitrogen deficiency symptoms on peach, which can be prevented by leaf analysis and block-specific fertilization.
Orchard Nutrition - An Overview - Articles Articles

Orchard Nutrition - An Overview

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Nutritional requirements of fruit trees differ from those of agronomic crops, cover crops, and orchard sod. More
Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta
Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta - Articles Articles

Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

El éxito de una huerta va de la mano con la planeación y preparación del sitio. More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos

Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

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Here we talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More