Beginning Farmer Program

A photo of an outside class in the Delaware Beginning Farmer Program

About this 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, and business planning and development.  This training will also provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Sessions are held at the New Castle County Extension Office on the University of Delaware campus, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Beginning Farmer Training Schedule Coming Soon

In partnership with Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) and Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA).


Program contacts

Photo headshot of Emmalea Ernest
Emmalea Ernest, Associate Scientist - Vegetable Crops
Photo headshot of Carrie Murphy
Carrie Murphy, Extension Agent - Program Leader, Ornamental Horticulture
Photo headshot of Gordon Johnson
Gordon Johnson, Assistant Professor, Extension Vegetable and Fruit Specialist
Photo headshot of Tracy Wootten
Tracy Wootten, Extension Agent, Horticulture