Organic Production

Information on organic farming of vegetable crops, including certification, using organic nutrient sources and crop insurance options. Tips on no-till planting and potting media.

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The Science of GMOs
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The Science of GMOs

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View this informational program on the Science of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Learn why GMOs were developed and if they are safe for people and the environment. More
Heidrun Moschitz a Rural Sociologist specializes in Urban Food Systems and Policy Networks associated with Organic Agriculture in Switzerland
Swiss Senior Researcher Reflects on Experience at Penn State - News News
Dr. Heidrun Moschitz reflects on her experiences working with Socioeconomic Scientists at Penn State while visiting from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Frick, Switzerland More
Using Organic Nutrient Sources
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Using Organic Nutrient Sources

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom L. Richard, Ph.D.

This guide is intended to help growers interpret soil test recommendations for using organic nutrient sources. The information presented applies to both organic and conventional farms. More
Toigo Organic Farms sign. Photo: Bill Lamont
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Toigo Organic Farms is a 5 acre greenhouse farm that grows primarily tomatoes year-round, along with some eggplants and peppers. More
Organic Certification
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Organic Certification

Kristy Borrelli


This presentation will help you to identify many useful resources and decide if organic certification is appropriate for your farm business. More
On the Road: Plowshare Produce
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On the Road: Plowshare Produce

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg and Gabby Bedeian at Plowshare Produce, a certified organic farm located in McAlevys Fort in Huntingdon County. 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
Crop Insurance Options for Organic Farmers
Crop Insurance Options for Organic Farmers - Articles Articles
Multi-peril crop insurance is a valuable risk management tool that allows farmers to insure against losses due to adverse weather conditions, price fluctuations, and unavoidable pests and diseases. More
Leaf miner damage
Leaf Miners - Articles Articles

Leaf Miners

Norma Jeanne Young

If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips. More
Adam Sisson, Iowa State University,
Getting Started Using Biocontrols to Manage Insects and Diseases in High Tunnels - Articles Articles
Biological control of insects, mites and diseases has the potential to greatly expand the number of effective options in our pest management toolbox. More
Common Natural Enemies in High Tunnels
Common Natural Enemies in High Tunnels - Articles Articles

Common Natural Enemies in High Tunnels

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Kathleen Ayers

Scouting in high tunnels should include both pest species as well as beneficial insects and natural enemies. More
Organic Production and Marketing
Organic Production and Marketing - Articles Articles
Organic production requires years of planning and research to benefit from the possible increase in selling prices. More
Potting Media and Plant Propagation
Potting Media and Plant Propagation - Articles Articles
This article outlines basic recipes for potting media and research on organic transplant production. More
Organic Insecticides
Organic Insecticides - Articles Articles
If you are going to spray it is important to use products with good efficacy in a way that makes them most likely to impact the pest of concern. More
Photo credit: D. Paashaus
Creating a Weed Management Plan for Your Organic Farm - Articles Articles
Successful weed management can make or break a new organic farm. These steps will help you get the upper hand on weeds. More
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