From Planning to Planting
This course helps new and aspiring vegetable producers answer basic questions about site, soil and planning up through planting. Topics covered include soil health, crop layout and rotation, equipment, and financial aspects of vegetable production. Don’t
BF 121: Vegetable Production II, the continuation of this course, which takes you through the growing season from planting to harvest.
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. Climate, soils, 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.
At the end of this course, you will:
- Know the characteristics of a viable site for commercial vegetable crop production
- Be able to articulate why soil quality, crop planning and proper pre-plant preparation are critical to success
- 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 non-graded review quizzes in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, live 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.
Live instruction for the 2021-2022 season has ended, and the next live session will be in late November 2022. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.
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 31 years in northeastern NY, on the east side of the Adirondack Mountains and Champlain Valley. Her particular interests are season extension, protected culture including high tunnels, soil health and insects, both good and bad.
StartWeek 1 Webinar Link, Slides, and Recording
StartFORUM: Soil Health
StartCover Crop Resources for Soil Health
StartManagement Resources for Soil Health
StartVideo Resources for Soil Health
StartACTIVITY: Do this quiz after listening to the webinar on soil
StartFORUM FOLLOW-UP- Cover Crops Super Simplified
StartCover Crops Innoculants