Specialty Crop Resource Hub

Budgeting Tools

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center – Enterprise Budgeting Tools (scroll down to find vegetable & fruit budget tools. https://www.agmrc.org/business-development/operating-a-business

Specialty Crops Budget

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Business Planning

Planning is essential to any business, no matter how large or small the inventory, payroll, and bank account. To be successful, farm operators must know their current position and future plans. Thinking about your plans is not enough! Taking time to formulate ideas, evaluate your business, devise a strategy, and anticipate possible problems will help your business be successful. This workbook was designed so that the thoughts and objectives for your business can be organized and thoroughly documented. In the long run, your business plan will serve many purposes, such as: defining a new business, setting goals and planning steps to achieve them, evaluating the effectiveness of business and marketing strategies, setting a direction for the business for the next five years, planning, growth and development for established businesses, and supporting a loan application.

California Farm Link https://www.californiafarmlink.org/resources/create-a-farm-business-plan/

Cornell Small Farms Program http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/plan-your-farm/planning-funding-your-farm-business/

Kansas State University – Building a Business Plan for Your Farm: Important First Steps http://www.agmanager.info/finance-business-planning/farm-business-transition-planning/building-business-plan-your-farm

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Farming (MISA) – A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses  https://www.sare.org/publications/business/business.pdf

SWOT Analysis
A SWOT analysis is a tool that helps you evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) involved in any business enterprise, including farms and ranches.

University of Maryland https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/mredc/FarmBusinessPlanning-WEB.pdf

University of Minnesota – Ag Plan https://agplan.umn.edu/

Conservation

NRCS – Steps to Assistance https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/home/?cid=stelprdb1193811

Equipment, Seeds and Tools

Burpee Seeds https://www.burpee.com/

FarmTek https://www.farmtek.com/

Four Season Tools https://www.smallfarmtools.com/post-harvest

Gardener’s Supply Company https://www.gardeners.com/

Gempler’s safety equipment https://gemplers.com

Grainger replacement motors etc. https://www.grainger.com/

Green Heron Tools for Women https://www.greenherontools.com/

Harris Seeds http://harrisseeds.com/

Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Supplies, Tools and Tunnel Equipment https://www.johnnyseeds.com/

Kennco Manufacturing Inc. Small scale farm equipment https://ussmallfarm.com

Nolt’s Greenhouse Supplies LLC http://noltsgreenhousesupplies.com/

Nolt’s Produce Supplies LLC www.noltsproducesupplies.net/

Northern Tool Company https://www.northerntool.com/

Park Seed https://parkseed.com/

Tools for Small Scale Crop Production Video https://attra.ncat.org/tools-for-small-scale-crop-production/

US Small Farm Equipment Co – small farm potato equipment. https://ussmallfarm.com

FMNP

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture – FMNP Farmer information

https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Food/food_assistance/Farmers%20Senior%20Farmers%20Market%20Nutrition%20Program/Pages/default.aspx

Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program

https://wic.health.pa.gov/pawic/FarmerMarketNutritionProgram.aspx

Food Safety

Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/steps-healthy-fruits-veggies.html

Center for Produce Safety https://www.centerforproducesafety.org/

FDA – US Food & Drug Administration –  https://www.fda.gov/food/guidance-regulation-food-and-dietary-supplements/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma

Field and Harvest Procedures Video https://attra.ncat.org/field-and-harvest-procedures/

Food Safety A Farmer’s Perspective Video https://attra.ncat.org/food-safety-a-farmers-perspective-2/

Packing Shed Set Up and Wash Procedures Video https://attra.ncat.org/packing-shed-set-up-and-wash-procedures/

FSMA

FDA – USDA Food & Drug Administration) – Food Safety Modernization Act

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidance-regulation-food-and-dietary-supplements/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma

Safe Food Alliance – the essential guide to FSMA

https://safefoodalliance.com/food-safety-resources/what-is-fsma/

Penn State Extension – FSMA website

https://extension.psu.edu/fsma

GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)

Internal GAP Audit Overview Video https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-overview/

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/CFSA_2019-FoodSafetyManual_Final.pdf

National Ag Law Center https://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/articles/rrumley_foodsafety.pdf

Penn State Extension – FSMA Explanation https://extension.psu.edu/fsma

The Internal GAP Audit: General Questions Video  https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-overview/

The Internal GAP Audit: Scope Four the Storage and Transportation VIdeo https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-scope-four-storage-and-transportation/

The Internal GAP Audit: Scope Three House Packing Facility Video https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-scope-three-house-packing-facility/

The Internal GAP Audit: Scope Two Field Harvest and Field Packing Activities Video https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-scope-two-field-harvest-and-field-packing-activities/

The Internal GAP Audit: Scope One the Farm Review Video https://attra.ncat.org/the-internal-gap-audit-scope-one-the-farm-review/

Grower information

Carolina Farm Stewardship Program – Great posts for farmers with excellent information  https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/forgrowers/

High Tunnels

Heat Recovery Ventilation in Winter High Tunnels Video https://attra.ncat.org/heat-recovery-ventilation-in-winter-high-tunnels/

High Tunnel – Cluster Grape Thinning Video https://attra.ncat.org/high-tunnel-grapes-cluster-thinning/

High Tunnel Grapes – Trellising and Training Video https://attra.ncat.org/high-tunnel-grapes-trellising-training/

High Tunnel – Grape Winter Pruning Video https://attra.ncat.org/high-tunnel-grapes-winter-pruning/

High Tunnel – Tomato Production https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Seasonal-High-Tunnel-Guide-for-Organic-Tomato-Production.pdf

High Tunnel Micro Irrigation Guide https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/High-Tunnel-Micro-Irrigation-Guide.pdf

Infrastructure Tool Kit – Expansion information and financial resource information https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/InfrastructureToolkit_FINAL.pdf

Zimmerman’s High Tunnels and Greenhouses zimmermanshightunnels.com/

Hydroponics

Hydroponic Greenhouse Production Resource University of Massachusetts Amherst https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/fact-sheets/hydroponic-systems

Hydroponic Greenhouse Virtual Field Day University of Florida http://vfd.ifas.ufl.edu/hydroponic-greenhouse.shtml

Hydroponic Grow Supplies Hydrobuilder https://hydrobuilder.com/hydroponics.html

Hydroponics Store HTG Supply https://www.htgsupply.com/ 

Hydroponic Supplies, Aguaponics Supplies FarmTek https://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/cat1a;ft_hydroponic_supplies.html

Hydroponic Systems University of  Massachusetts Amherst  https://ag.umass.edu/greenhouse-floriculture/fact-sheets/hydroponic-systems

HYDROTEK HYDROPONICS Hydroponic Equipment Distributor https://www.hydrotekhydroponics.com/

Opportunities in Hydroponics Purdue University https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Presentations/Langenhoven_Hydroponics_IVGS2016b.pdf

The Vertical Farm Feeding the World in the 21st Century Dr. Dickson Despommier, Environmental Health Science of Columbia University http://www.verticalfarm.com/

Vertical Farming https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/download.php?id=512

Incubators and Apprenticeships – new grower training opportunities

Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship – https://pasafarming.org/soil-institute/farmer-training-development/dva-home/

The Horn Farm Center for Agriculture Education – https://hornfarmcenter.org/

The Seed Farm – http://shfblv.org/theseedfarm/?fbclid=IwAR2wi0wXKs6eAxR59uwE-SmZ4k-7g9T7fwtkvht0Dl2fwkjBomClAPPOybc

Legal

EPA: Laws and Regulations that Apply to Farms

https://www.epa.gov/agriculture/laws-and-regulations-apply-your-agricultural-operation-farm-activity

USDA: Agriculture Law Information

https://www.nal.usda.gov/aglaw/agricultural-law-information-partnership

Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp information

https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/industrial_hemp/Pages/default.aspx

Blog: The Farm Bill, hemp legalization and the status of CBD: An explainer

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/12/14/the-farm-bill-hemp-and-cbd-explainer/

Penn State Agricultural and Shale Law Center – Agricultural Law Library

http://pennstatelaw.libguides.com/aglawcenterrhome/aglawcenterresourceareas

Marketing

Aggie Horticulture Network https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/guides/texas-vegetable-growers-handbook/chapter-ii-marketing/

Beginning Specialty Crop Farmer Marketing Guide – A resource guide to improve marketing opportunities for “Beginning Specialty Crop” Farmers, by PA Farm Link.

Farmers Market Coalition – many great resources for farmers markets. https://farmersmarketcoalition.org

Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention http://mafvc.org/.

PA Farm – Provides resources, education, and services to grow and improve markets. https://pafarm.com/?fbclid=IwAR0Gi1BPKmXlFlE8Z_J42xlEYUgqeV-zp8WlG3qdYIbtz3F0PSeBuAdRS8s

PA FarmMarket – Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers https://extension.psu.edu/fruit-and-vegetable-marketing-for-small-scale-and-part-time-growers

PA Veggies.org http://www.paveggies.org/

Penn State Extension – Vegetable Marketing for Small Scale and Part-time Growers https://extension.psu.edu/fruit-and-vegetable-marketing-for-small-scale-and-part-time-growers

Real Fruit & Vegetable Marketing Guide (from California) http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-2083.pdf

Top 20 Fruits & Vegetables Sold in the US https://www.pma.com/content/articles/2017/05/top-20-fruits-and-vegetables-sold-in-the-us

Vegetable Fact Sheets

Bean, Cabbage, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Garlic, Eggplant

Vegetable Recipes

Bean, Cabbage, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Garlic, Eggplant

Organic Production

Organic Certification Cost Share Program – A program through the Farm Bill that provides reimbursement for 75% of USDA Organic Certification costs up to $750 through submission to PA Department of Agriculture (or your state’s department of agriculture). This is a reimbursement program; you must submit the required application along with all required pertinent documents to the PA Department of Agriculture organic cost share representative to qualify and receive the cost care. For more information please contact mbrookins@pa.gov or call 717-787-5319  at the PA Department of Agriculture.

Organic Farming Research Foundation https://ofrf.org/

Organic Pesticides http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/organic.html

Organic Sound and Sensible: What to Expect at an Organic Vegetable Farm Inspection Video https://attra.ncat.org/organic-sound-and-sensible-what-to-expect-at-an-organic-vegetable-farm-inspection/

Rodale Institute https://rodaleinstitute.org/why-organic/organic-farming-practices/soil-health/

Rodale Institute’s Transition to Organic – Rodale Institute’s farmer consulting services will assist farmers interested in transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture in areas such as certification, crop rotation planning, recordkeeping, marketing, equipment advice, weed control methods, soil sampling, seed sourcing and more. Aiming to take a more active role in supporting organic farmers on the ground, Rodale Institute brings over 70 years of expertise to the table through research and education. While this program is offered to farmers nationwide, Rodale Institute’s consulting services are free to Pennsylvania farmers.

https://rodaleinstitute.org/blog/organic-resources-free-for-pa-farmers/

The Organic Center https://www.organic-center.org/

Production Certification

Certified Naturally Grown – https://www.cngfarming.org/

FairTSA Certification – https://2b1ad7bc-7a27-4ce7-98d6-83a2ba4a3db5.filesusr.com/ugd/edefb6_f4ac52129dab40c7b8b82d01f41c23c1.pdf

Organic Certification – https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/becoming-certified

Risk Management

Organic Farming and Crop Insurance Options Video https://attra.ncat.org/organic-farming-and-crop-insurance-options/

Risk management Crop Insurance https://www.rma.usda.gov/en/RMALocal/Pennsylvania

Understanding Whole Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified and Organic Farms Video https://attra.ncat.org/understanding-whole-farm-insurance-for-specialized-diversified-and-organic-farms/

Soil Health

Iowa State University Small Farm Sustainability https://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/soil-health-vegetable-crops

Soil Foodweb Inc. – Dr. Elaine Ingham https://www.soilfoodweb.com/

Soil Health Institute https://soilhealthinstitute.org/

The Soil Biology Primer https://extension.illinois.edu/soil/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm

Weeds

https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/weeding-between-the-lines/#more-30244

Wolfpack Weeds, NC State University Department of Horticulture Science – http://www.wolfpackweeds.com/index.php