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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Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos
Extendiendo la Temporada Productiva con Túneles Altos - Articles Articles
Los túneles altos ofrecen protección a las plantas de tierras saturadas de humedad y temperaturas bajas en la primavera y el otoño con lo cual se extiende la temporada productiva. More
European corn borer: mouthparts pointing forward, glassy or cream colored body, wriggles when flicked with a finger as an escape behavior. Invades ear from side, bottom, or tip. Photo credit: M. E. Rice.
Avoiding Worms in Sweet Corn: How to Time Management Options - Articles Articles
Three species cause ‘wormy’ corn: the European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm. Insect traps baited with sex pheromones help time management options. More
These peas were planted no-till after forage radish. Photo: D. Liker, Gorman Farm.
No-till, no Herbicide Planting of Spring Vegetables - Articles Articles
It is easier to plant early spring vegetables after winter cover crops if you use low residue winter-killed crops. More
Field of diverse crops in rotation
Introduction to Organic Farming: A Growing Opportunity for Pennsylvania Farmers - Articles Articles
This article provides basic information about organic farming, including getting started, considering your product/market, and deciding whether to be certified. 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
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
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production - Articles Articles
These two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. More
Start Farming: Planning a Crop Rotation
Start Farming: Planning a Crop Rotation - Articles Articles
Creating a good plan for crop rotation in an easy-to-read map has many benefits. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
Producción de Maíz Dulce - Articles Articles

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
Exploración para Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Vegetales
Exploración para Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Vegetales - Videos Videos
La base de un programa de Manejo Integral de Plagas es la exploración. More
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scouting for Vegetables
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scouting for Vegetables - Videos Videos
With regular and systematic scouting you will be more able to detect plant problems before they get out of hand. 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
Sweet Corn Ears
Sweet Corn Production - Articles Articles

Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations - Articles Articles
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings, Penn State Extension educators working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites around the state. More
Tomato late blight. Photo credit Beth Gugino, Penn State Plant Pathology.
Plant Disease Basics - The Disease Triangle - Articles Articles
Disease management begins with the fundamental understanding the three factors must be present and interact for disease to develop. More
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