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.
Videos ByMegan Chawner Length8:54
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 Videos ByWinifred W. Mc Gee Length14:25
Brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) associated with starting, or diversifying, a farm will proactively identify risks and appropriate mitigation strategies.
More Videos ByRobert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher Length9:53
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 Videos ByMarley E Skinner, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada Length8:37
Este video revisa los fundamentos de la exploración adecuada y la identificación de enfermedades comunes y sus síntomas.
An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples.
Sometime in early Fall 2017, we will be sending a link to a survey for our readers to complete.
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities.
The Lehigh Valley Study Circle Network began its 2017 season with a meeting hosted by Scholl Orchards, located in Bethlehem and Kempton PA.
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This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting.
More Videos ByJames Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada Length9:09
Este video muestra los sistemas de muralla frutal Quad V y Hex V en duraznos.
More Videos ByJames Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher Length8:19
This video discusses the Quad V and Hex V fruiting wall systems.
Muchas de las hortalizas comienzan como trasplantes en un invernadero y luego se plantan en el campo para su producción.
La mayoría de las hortalizas comienzan sus vidas como semillas.
More and more veterans are considering agriculture as a viable future upon returning home.
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time.