Monday, February 14, 2011

Attention Begining Farmers: Here's A Program For You!

The Living On a Few Acres course is designed as an introduction to basic production techniques for a wide variety of topics from poultry and beef production to vegetables and organics.  As you consider your options for a new farm business, learn what is involved and the resources available to help.

The “Living on a Few Acres” program in Berks County is designed to provide individuals interested in beginning or improving upon an existing, small-scale agricultural operation.  Whether your intent is to produce food for your family or seek some income from your property, this series of seminars has something to offer.

Experts from Penn State Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of basic production topics and an introduction to the resources and support available for new producers.  The complete course (all seven evenings) is only $40/person or $60/couple.  All classes are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533.

Specific topics and dates:
2/24 – Introduction to Soils, Amendments, and Compost
3/3 – Beef, Sheep, and Goats
3/10 – Vegetables Production
3/17 – Fruit and Berries
3/24 – Pigs and Poultry
3/31 – IPM and Organics
4/7 – Marketing 

For more information, check out the Penn State Cooperative Extension Start Farming website:

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