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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Zenik Crespo (back, right) assists Hispanic participants as they identify weeds at Johnston’s Everygreen Nursery in Erie. Photo: L. Follett, Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery
Bilingual Workshops Teach Integrated Weed Management - News News
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities. More
Planning and Record Keeping - Get Off To a Good Start This Season!
Planning and Record Keeping - Get Off To a Good Start This Season! - Articles Articles
Farmers are often surprised by the amount of record keeping that their agricultural enterprise can entail. After all, your passion is likely in the production of your crops! More
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
Feasibility Studies - What Are They?
Feasibility Studies - What Are They? - Videos Videos
This video will explain what a feasibility study is, how it differs from a business plan, and explain the process for completing one. More
Western Pennsylvania greenhouse operators gathered at Gumto Greenhouses on February 25th to tour the operation and to learn about energy efficiency.
Ten Easy Steps to Improve Greenhouse Efficiency - Articles Articles

Ten Easy Steps to Improve Greenhouse Efficiency

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., Lee Stivers

Winter low temperatures and high energy prices have greenhouse operators across the state looking for ways to manage heating and power costs. More
Photo credit: James Sellmer
Get Started in the Landscape, Lawn, Nursery and Greenhouse Businesses - Articles Articles
This guide will assist you in starting an exciting and rewarding career in the Green Industry: landscape, lawn, nursery and greenhouse businesses. More
Flower Production
Cut Flower Production - Articles Articles

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
Plastic tunnel for early transplants
Transplant Production - Eckerton Hill Farm - Articles Articles
Farm Profiles are designed to give new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. Individual products are mentioned as examples not as an endorsement. More
Greenhouse Production
Greenhouse Production - Articles Articles
Greenhouse production may be year-round and can provide valuable cash flow throughout the year. More