Vegetable Farming: Learn Everything from Selection to Cultivation
From Planning to Planting
an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project
Wed. January 13 – February 17, 2016 with seminars each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30pm (excluding January 20)
This course will help new or aspiring vegetable producers to answer basic questions about site selection, crop rotation, seeding and transplants, and financial aspects of veggie production. Topics including variety selection, pre-plant preparation, and cultivation will be covered. Don’t miss BF 121, the continuation of this course, which takes you through the remainder of the growing season into harvest, post-harvest handling, and marketing.
This course is for serious aspiring farmers planning farm start-up within the next year, or those with 1-3 growing seasons of vegetable farming experience. Because the pest complex, production systems and appropriate varieties vary so much from region to region, this course targets farmers in the Northeastern United States. Farmers outside the region are welcome to register, but should do so knowing that some of the information presented may not be appropriate for their region.
At the end of this course, you will:
- Understand the characteristics of a viable site for commercial vegetable crop production and how to alter that site if necessary.
- Understand the importance of cover-cropping, IPM, and proper pre-plant preparation.
- Be able to develop a basic whole farm plan, which will help you keep records, manage time more effectively, and price products.
- Have a good understanding of the full season of tasks involved in vegetable farming – from pre-plant to post-harvest considerations.
- Know where to go to find reliable, fact based resource material on topics related to vegetable farming.
Amy Ivy is a regional vegetable specialist for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the Executive Director of the Clinton County CCE office.
Darcy Telenko is a regional vegetable specialist with the Cornell Vegetable Program, and is based at the CCE Erie County office.
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