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Information on farm management and budgeting for fruit crops, including planning and planting an orchard, crop insurance, diversification and tree fruit production budgets. Tips on labor laws, cooperatives and the Young Grower Alliance.

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Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law
Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law - News News
Penn State Law is offering farmers the opportunity to obtain free legal services through its Rural Economic Development Clinic. More
The Scholl Family
Twilight At-Market Workshop at Scholl Orchard - Workshops Workshops
Free
The Scholl family will give a tour of their facility, give a history of their business and explain what makes their business successful. More
Grower Help Needed for Bramble Pricing and Marketing Survey
Grower Help Needed for Bramble Pricing and Marketing Survey - News News
Do you ever wonder how your bramble pricing compares to that of other growers, and how your marketing compares to that of other growers? More
Table Grape Production
Table Grape Production - Articles Articles

Table Grape Production

Lynn Kime, Steve Bogash

The initial investment for grapes can be high depending on the production method chosen, land preparation, and initial investment in the vines. More
Tree Fruit Budget Tools
Tree Fruit Budget Tools - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Budget Tools

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

Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. More
New Educator for the Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team
New Educator for the Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team - News News
Based out of Berks County, Don Seifrit is the new Penn State Extension Educator for the Tree Fruit Team. More
Trellis in apple orchard
Trellis Construction Workbook - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Trellis Construction Workbook

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Lynn Kime

This tool will assist growers with the decision making process of determining the cost of two trellis systems. More
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension partners with growers in a "Models for the Future" project to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers. Two years of bio-remediation with rotation crops suppressed nematodes and improved soil health. More
Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment
Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment - Workshops Workshops
Free
Learning sessions on issues of importance to the agricultural community, including workforce development, food safety, environmental stewardship, marketing and consumer literacy. More
Start Farming "Models for the Future"
Start Farming "Models for the Future" - Videos Videos

Start Farming "Models for the Future"

Megan Chawner

8:54

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
Arturo Diaz, Field Manager, is key to making sure best practices are put into place on the farm.
Models for the Future: Twin Springs Fruit Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Twin Springs Fruit Farm

Tara Baugher, Marley E Skinner

Twin Springs Fruit Farm is located in Orrtanna, which is in the heart of the Adams County Fruit Belt. More
Models for the Future: Scholl Orchards
Models for the Future: Scholl Orchards - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Scholl Orchards

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

On forty five acres of steep Lehigh County shale, Scholl Orchards is the perfect site for growing fruit. More
Models for the Future: McCleaf's Orchard
Models for the Future: McCleaf's Orchard - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: McCleaf's Orchard

Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow

McCleaf’s Orchard is a fifth generation farm originally founded in 1888 and located in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. More
Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget
Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Marley E Skinner, Lee Stivers

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in tomato plantings. More
Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget
Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in winter squash plantings. More
Models for the Future: Strawberry Budget
Models for the Future: Strawberry Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Strawberry Budget

Lynn Kime, Tara Baugher

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in strawberry plantings. More
Dave King and his son Eli.
Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm

Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

Harvest Valley Farms is a fourth generation family farm. The farm is now owned and operated by Larry, Art, and David King. More
Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm
Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Five Elements Farm

Robert Pollock, Marley E Skinner

Joe and Sara Bozzelli founded Five Elements Farm in 2007. More
Models for the Future: Good Works Farm
Models for the Future: Good Works Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Good Works Farm

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

Founded in 2011, Good Work Farm feeds 125 families through Community Supported Agriculture Shares (CSA). More
Models for the Future: Blueberry Budget
Models for the Future: Blueberry Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Blueberry Budget

Lynn Kime, Robert Pollock

A spreadsheet tool for assessing pre-plant practices for improving soil health in blueberry plantings. More
Brett Saddington talking with Dr Rob Crassweller about ideal tree fruit density.
Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner, Tara Baugher, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Bedminster Orchard is located on 16 Acres in Perkasie, Pa and is owned and operated by Brett Saddington. More
Models for the Future: Apple Budget
Models for the Future: Apple Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Apple Budget

Lynn Kime, Tara Baugher

A spreadsheet tool for assessing pre-plant practices for improving soil health in orchards. More
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training - Workshops Workshops
Free
Fruit and vegetable growers will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. More
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation - Online Courses Online Courses
$89.00
This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting. More
Tree Fruit 101 Webinars
Tree Fruit 101 Webinars - Workshops Workshops
Free
Learn how to consistently grow quality fruit and avoid many of the problems that discourage new tree fruit growers. More
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