2015 New and Beginning Farmer Training Program

2014-06-23 10.15.59The new and beginning farmer training program is for new and beginning farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production.  Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self–study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other, invited agriculture industry professionals.  Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, marketing, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

This training program is scheduled for the entirety of the growing season.  REGISTER HERE

In New Castle County, meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evening of the month, 6-8 pm, February– May and September-November on February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants’ availability), September 21, October 19, and November 16.  Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, and on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus and cooperating farms.  There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

In Sussex County, meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6-8 pm on February 23, March 23, April 27, May 19 (due to the Memorial Day holiday), June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants’ availability), September 28, October 26 and November 23.  Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, Carvel Research and Education Center and cooperating farms.  There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

2015 New and Beginning Farmer Training Program Registration Form

For more information contact Carrie Murphy  (302) 831-2667 or Tracy Wootten at (302) 856-7303.