The Delaware Beginning Farmer 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 learn and grow 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, and business planning and development. This training will also provide an excellent networking opportunity.
Sessions are covered by one affordable registration fee of $75. Sessions are held at Fischer Greenhouse on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' campus in Newark, unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, September 14, 6-8 pm, Course Orientation, Soil Health
Wednesday, September 28, 6-8 pm, Variety Selection
Saturday, October 1, 9-11 am, Hands- On Planting, Setting up an Indoor Seed Starter Unit
Wednesday, October 12, 6-8 pm, Small Farm Business Planning
Saturday, October 15, 9-11 am, Field Trip to Against the Grain Farm at William Penn Farm
Wednesday, October 26, 6-8 pm, Weed Identification and Management, Small Scale Irrigation
Wednesday, November 2, 6-8 pm, Integrated Pest Management: Insect and Disease Pests
Saturday, November 12, 9-11 am, Field Trip to Worrilow Hall Labs, UD Fresh to You
Wednesday, November 16, 6-8 pm, Delaware Beginning Farmer Resource Panel with DDA, NRCS, Farm Bureau and others