Agriculture & Natural Resources

Beginner Farmer series begins January 2019

The Delaware Beginning Farmer Program is for new and beginner 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, and business planning and development.  This training will also provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Eleven sessions are covered by one affordable registration fee of $50.
Sessions meet at:

New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716

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2019 Beginning Farmer Training Schedule:

Wednesday, 1/30/19, 6-8 pm, Introduction, Developing a Small Farm/Business planning

Wednesday, 2/20/19, 6-8 pm, Soil Health

Saturday, 2/23/19, 9-11 am, Seed Starting/ Setting up an Indoor Seed Starter Unit, Fischer Greenhouse

Wednesday, 3/20/19, 6-8 pm, Variety Selection

Saturday, 3/23/19, 9-11 am, Season Extension

Wednesday, 4/24/19, 6-8 pm, Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, April date TBD, 9-11 am, Plant Diagnostics

Wednesday, 5/15/19, 6-8 pm, Weed Management

Saturday, 5/18/19, 9-11 am, Against the Grain Farm at Penn Farm

Wednesday, 6/19/19, 6-8 pm, Panel Discussion

Saturday, 6/22/19, Pot Luck Reception

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