Veggie Farming, part 2 (BF 121)

From Season-Long Care to Harvest

This course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.

”From this course I collected a huge document filled with webinar notes, resources, and links that I will continue to use well past the end of the course.” –June C, Greenfield, MA

Target Audience

This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Make good decisions about fertility management for your specific crops;
  • Understand options available for weed, pest, and disease control;
  • Be able to identify problem weeds, pests and diseases on your farm; and
  • Learn successful harvesting and marketing strategies.

Webinars

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in MOODLE, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters, ask questions, and collaborate with other participants and the instructor to address your farm issues in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing. Access details will be posted in MOODLE once you have registered and logged in.

Qualifying for Loans

If you are considering applying for a low-interest beginning farmer loan though the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), completing this course may help you qualify, if you meet other eligibility requirements. For farmers in NY who have already applied for an FSA loan and been told they need borrower training credit, all of our courses are pre-approved to provide you with this credit, if you complete all course requirements. For more information, visit the FSA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loans website.

Instructors

Crystal Stewart and Amy Ivy are regional vegetable specialists for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Dates

The Feb. 2014 offering of this course is closed. The course will next be offered in Winter 2015.

Course Outline

Week 1: Using soil tests and vegetable guidelines to tailor your fertility program
Week 2: Weed control options (organic and conventional) for the small farm
Week 3: Integrated pest management: Insect identification and control
Week 4: Integrated pest management: Disease identification and control
Week 5: Harvesting and marketing strategies

Cost and Registration

Fee for this course is $200. Registration will open again in August 2014 for an offering of the course in Winter 2014-2015.

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