New Farmer Training
The Seed Farm provides new and aspiring farmers with hands-on, practical training that they will need to own and/or manage a diversified vegetable farm. On our 42-acre site in Emmaus, PA, participants learn a variety of skills that are critical to new farmer success.
In 2017, The Seed Farm is excited to offer new, more accessible training opportunities for farmers, gardeners, and community members with varying levels of experience.
Click here to see and sign up for current training opportunities.
Photo credit Allison Czapp.
Training in Critical Skills and Knowledge
Operating a farm (even a very small one!) can be expensive and risky. To increase a new farmer's chance for success, The Seed Farm offers training in skills and knowledge that minimize risk, maximize efficiency and productivity, and manage costs. Our workshops and courses cover the follow topics and more:
- Knowing your markets
- Understanding crop seasons
- Developing necessary maps and schedules
- Ordering seeds & supplies
- Tractor Safety and basic operation
- Basic equipment maintenance
- Small tools for efficiency
- Tractor based cultivation, seeding, weeding
Business & Marketing
The Seed Farm partners with other organizations to deliver a wide variety of training opportunities, including formal courses through Penn State Cooperative Extension and workshops with Pennsylvania FarmLink and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, to name a few. In this way, our site serves as a living classroom, providing opportunities for demonstration and experiential agricultural training for the greater Lehigh Valley community.
Farm Labor Experience
If you are planning to start your own farm, we highly recommend starting your journey by gaining working knowledge of a commercial farm. Spend a season (or more) working on a local farm; or if your availability is limited, become a volunteer. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or WWOOF, is another option that provides opportunities for volunteers to gain experience on organic farms around the world.
Working experience will teach you the pace and pressures of a commercial farm, and it will provide you with critical farm labor skills so that you are better prepared to successfully run your own farm.
If you need help finding a farming job in the greater Lehigh Valley, please contact us and we will do our best to connect you with hiring opportunities in the area.