2018 Delaware Beginning Farmer Program

The Delaware Beginning Farmer Program is for new and beginner farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self–study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other invited agriculture industry professionals. Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity.


Business Plan/Mission Statement

Soil Health » Composting, Cover crops

Variety Selection » Seeding, Crop budget, Crop rotation

IPM » Insect, Disease, Weed

Irrigation/Tillage Equipment


Crop/Season Extension » Post-harvest, Safety

Program Dates

Tuesday, February 20, 6-8pm
Saturday, February 24, 9-11am
Wednesday, March 21, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 24, 9-11am
Wednesday, April 18, 6-8pm
Saturday, April 21, 9-11am
Wednesday, May 16, 6-8pm
Saturday, May 19, 6-8pm

Registration information is online HERE

or contact Carrie Murphy (cjmurphy@udel.edu) or Dan Severson – (severson@udel.edu) (302) 831-COOP

If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.