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.

We have been working on training program developments; and over the next few months we look forward to offering new, more accessible training opportunities for farmers, gardeners, and community members with varying levels of experience. Stay tuned!

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-Feast DinnerNovember 23rd, 2018

 Our 8th annual fundraising gala dinner, Farm-to-Feast Dinner & Auction will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 4-8 P.M. (plus a VIP cocktail hour from 3-4 P.M.) at Bell Gate Farm

FSMA Produce Grower Certification Training on 9/28/2018September 6th, 2018

WHEN Fri, September 28, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM WHERE Northampton Community College Alumni Hall-130a-d 3835 Green Pond Road Bethlehem, PA 18020 COST$30 per person You will receive a workbook wort

Beginning Farmer Workshop on 9/14/2018August 24th, 2018

Professionals in the agricultural industry will provide valuable information on important topics such as business planning & accounting, proper lease documents, loan programs and much more! A pane

Have a Question?

Contact Us Online or Call 610-391-9583 ext. 16

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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