5854 Vera Cruz Rd Emmaus, PA 18049 Google Map 610-391-9583 ext. 16
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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.

Beet thinning  High tunnelPhoto 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:

Production Training

  • Greenhouse
  • Seeding
  • Transplanting
  • Irrigation
  • Soils
  • Cover crops
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • High tunnel management
  • Crop rotation
  • Record keeping
  • Risk management
  • Pest management
  • Weed management
  • Season extension
  • Harvest/ post-harvest
  • Compost management
  • Soil & water testing

 Crop Planning

  • Knowing your markets
  • Understanding crop seasons
  • Developing necessary maps and schedules
  • Ordering seeds & supplies

Equipment Training

  • Tractor Safety and basic operation
  • Basic equipment maintenance
  • Small tools for efficiency
  • Tractor based cultivation, seeding, weeding

Business & Marketing

  • Market research
  • Insurance options
  • Organic certification
  • Assessing financial resources
  • Farmers' Market management
  • Wholesale account management
  • CSA management
  • Enterprise budgets
  • Business structure
  • Business planning
  • Special events
  • Group/volunteer facilitation

 

Strategic Partnerships 

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.

Equipment  

 

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.

Farm-to-Table DinnerAugust 18th, 2017

 Our 7th annual Farm-to-Table Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017.   Dinner will be prepared by Chef Jon Middleton of Sodexo and Chef Josh Palmer of Sette Luna, Maxim's

The Seed Farm StandJune 16th, 2017

Now Open! A farm stand for new farmers A delicious, convenient new way to connect new farmers with the community. Stay in the loop with The Seed Farm's new farm stand! In this Facebook group you

CSA Workshare ProgramJune 6th, 2017

Announcing The Seed Farm's new CSA Workshare Program Join our team in 2017 by taking part in the CSA Workshare Program! In exchange for working 3 hours per week between June and October, you will ear

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Farm Address:
5854 Vera Cruz Rd Emmaus, PA 18049

Mailing Address:
Lehigh County Ag Center 4184 Dorney Park Road Suite107 Allentown, PA, 18104

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