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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En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018
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En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

En Toigo, cultivan principalmente tomates y también pepinos, pimientos y berenjenas para mercados al por mayor y directas. More
Photo courtesy of Toigo Farm.
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018 - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

At Toigo, they grow primarily tomatoes, along with cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants for wholesale and direct markets. More
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
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

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This presentation will help you to identify many useful resources and decide if organic certification is appropriate for your farm business. More
Organic Producer Video
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Organic Producer Video

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

Interview with an organic vegetable producer covering marketing and production. 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
Photo: William Lamont
On the Road: New Morning Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: New Morning Farm

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

New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. 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
Producción Orgánica de Vegetales
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Producción Orgánica de Vegetales

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

Hay muchas razones para considerar el cultivo de vegetales orgánicos. La producción orgánica es un sistema que se presta bien para las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Common Natural Enemies in High Tunnels
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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
Adam Sisson, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org
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
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
Organic Vegetable Production
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Organic Vegetable Production

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

Certification and labor costs are high but returns have the potential to be high where markets are well developed for organic products. More
Organic Insecticides
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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
Organic Transplant Production Notes
Organic Transplant Production Notes - Articles Articles
As you plan for successful organic transplant production here are a few things to consider for healthy transplants. More
Leaf miner damage
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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
Organic Foods
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Organic Foods

Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN, Whitney DePowell, MPH, MCHES

The term "organic" refers to foods that have been farmed and produced according to the standards of the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP). 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
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
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
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Seed and Seedling Biology - Articles Articles

Seed and Seedling Biology

Lee Stivers, Tianna DuPont

In order to grow food with a minimum of external inputs, organic producers need to understand much about the biology of plants and ecological systems. 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
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