Agronegocios, Precios de Frutas y Verduras, Mercadeo, Comercio Internacional

Financing Small-Scale and Part-Time Farms

Tens of thousands of households throughout Pennsylvania cherish the unique lifestyle of small-scale farming. With newcomers to farming in mind, this publication explores the available options for planning and financing a small-scale or part-time enterprise. Contents Business Climate Obtaining a...
Jeffrey S. Stokes
Gregory D. Hanson
Jayson K. Harper
Lynn F. Kime
Penn State Extension

Agricultural Business Insurance

Whether you are currently in business or deciding to start an agricultural business, insurance should be part of your risk management strategy. Risk management can take many forms, including insurance, production diversification, and business structure. Insurance shifts some of the risk from the...
Lynn F. Kime
John A. Adamik
Eugene E. Gantz
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Cut Flower Production

  The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. New growers can control startup costs by entering the business slowly through increasing investment and production as their businesses and markets grow. Contents Marketing Getting Started...
Steven M. Bogash
Thomas G. Ford
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Snap Bean Production

  Snap beans are a vegetable crop in the legume family, well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. Equipment needs on a small-...
Michael D. Orzolek
George L. Greaser
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Potato Production

Due to the wide diversity in types and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many growers. They can be marketed direct to consumers at farm stands, farmers markets, and through other local retail outlets. Contents Marketing Planting and Fertilization Pest Control Harvest and Storage...
Steven M. Bogash
William J. Lamont Jr.
R. Matthew Harsh
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Pepper Production

  Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Various markets exist for growers with small-acreage farms (those with fewer than 5 acres), and the multiple mature fruit colors (green, red, yellow, orange, purple, and brown), shapes, and varying hotness (from...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
Steven M. Bogash
Jayson K. Harper
R. Matthew Harsh
Penn State Extension

Onion Production

  Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Multiple markets exist for growers with small acreages and the various colors and types of mature bulbs (red, yellow, and white) allow growers to find their market niche. Contents Marketing Site...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
R. Matthew Harsh
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Asparagus Production

Asparagus is a perennial crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Multiple markets exist for growers with five acres or less, and those field operations that require machinery may be custom-hired. Contents  Marketing Site Selection Planting and...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Watermelon Production

Watermelons are a highly marketable crop for small-scale and part-time producers. There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer, with fresh-market sales being predominant. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. Contents...
Michael D. Orzolek
William J. Lamont
Lynn F. Kime
Steven M. Bogash
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Pumpkin Production

Pumpkins are a crop that is well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Many marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are available for small-scale growers. Contents Marketing Production Considerations Site Selection Planting and Fertilization...
Michael D. Orzolek
Timothy E. Elkner
William J. Lamont Jr.
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension