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
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
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.
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.
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.