BF 120: Vegetable Production I

From Planning to Planting

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From Planning to Planting

This course helps new and aspiring vegetable producers answer basic questions about site selection, crop rotation, seeding and transplanting, and financial aspects of veggie production. Topics covered include variety selection, pre-plant preparation, and cultivation. Don’t miss BF 121: Vegetable Production II, the continuation of this course, which takes you through the remainder of the growing season into harvest, post-harvest handling, and marketing.

Target Audience

Beginning to Intermediate: This course is for aspiring farmers planning farm start-up within the next year, or those with 1-3 growing seasons of vegetable farming expe rience. Pest issues, production systems, and appropriate varieties vary a lot from region to region, and this course mostly presents information relevant to farmers in the Northeastern United States. Farmers outside the region are welcome to register, but should do so knowing that some of the information presented may not be appropriate for their region.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Know the characteristics of a viable site for commercial vegetable crop production and how to alter that site if necessary
  • Be able to articulate why cover-cropping, IPM, and proper pre-plant preparation are critical to success
  • Have a realistic idea of the full season of tasks involved in vegetable farming – from pre-plant to post-harvest considerations
  • Know where to go to find reliable, fact based resource material on topics related to vegetable farming.


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, 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 and ask questions to address your farm issues in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

2019 Webinar Schedule

Wed Nov 6 - Dec 11, 2019, every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm Eastern.

Your Instructor

Amy Ivy
Amy Ivy

Amy Ivy recently retired from her role as part of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. She worked with gardeners and commercial vegetable and berry growers for Cornell Cooperative Extension for 27 years in the northeastern corner of NY, on the east side of the Adirondack Mountains. Her particular interests are season extension, protected culture including high tunnels, and insects both good and bad.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course officially starts and ends on the dates given above, when the instructors get involved and begin hosting live weekly webinars. If you are registering after the webinars have concluded for the year, you will have immediate access to all the course materials, and will be able to participate in the next year's webinars if you choose to.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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