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2020 Beginning Farmer Training Program


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.

Sessions are covered by one affordable registration fee of $75.  Sessions are held at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, January 21, 6-8 pm, Course Orientation

Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 pm, Developing a Small Farm, Business Planning

Wednesday, February 5, 12-1 pm OR 6-7 pm, Zoom Free Form, Canvas Assistance (optional session)

Wednesday, February 19, 6-8 pm, Soil Health

Saturday, February 22, 9-11 am, Hands-on Planting, Setting up an Indoor Seed Starter Unit

Wednesday, March 18, 6-8 pm, Variety Selection

Saturday, March 21, 9-11 am, Season Extension at Historic Penn Farm, Against the Grain Farm

Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm, Pest Management

Saturday, April 18, 9-11 am, Plant Diagnostics, Small Farm Irrigation at Coverdale Farm

Wednesday, May 27, 6-8 pm, Weed Management

Saturday, May 30, 9-11 am at Hundred Acre Farm

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