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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.

Plant SaleMarch 12th, 2019

Scroll down for opportunities to get involved!      The Seed Farm, 5854 Vera Cruz Rd., Emmaus, PA 18049 Our 5th annual Spring Plant Sale will feature a wide variety of high qualit

CSA Workshare ProgramMarch 6th, 2019

Announcing The Seed Farm's 2019 CSA Workshare Program Join our team in 2019 by taking part in the CSA Workshare Program! In exchange for working 3-4 hours per week between June and October, you

Make a DonationMarch 6th, 2019

and Help Grow the Next Generation of Farmers! Starting a new farm requires an incredible amount of money and know-how; and it is full of unexpected challenges. By providing new farmers with training,

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Farm Address:
5854 Vera Cruz Rd Emmaus, PA 18049

Mailing Address:
4234 Dorney Park Road Allentown, PA, 18104

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