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Veggie Farming, part 2 (BF 121)

From Season-Long Care to Harvest

This course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season.

”From this course I collected a huge document filled with webinar notes, resources, and links that I will continue to use well past the end of the course.” –June C, Greenfield, MA

Target Audience

This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Make good decisions about fertility management for your specific crops;
  • Understand options available for weed, pest, and disease control;
  • Be able to identify problem weeds, pests and diseases on your farm; and
  • Learn successful harvesting and marketing strategies.


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in MOODLE, 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. Access details will be posted in MOODLE once you have registered and logged in.


Amy Ivy is a regional production specialist for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).

Darcy Telenko is a regional vegetable specialist with the Cornell Vegetable Program, and is based at the CCE Erie County, NY office.


Wed. Feb 24 – Mar 23, 2016. Webinars will be on Wed. evenings from 7-8:30pm Eastern time, and will be recorded for later viewing. This course is full. Registration is closed. The course will next be offered in Feb. 2017, with registration opening in mid-August 2016.

Course Outline

Week 1: Transplant care, and using soil tests and vegetable guidelines to tailor your fertility program
Week 2: Weed control options (organic and conventional) for the small farm
Week 3: Integrated pest management: Insect identification and control
Week 4: Integrated pest management: Disease identification and control
Week 5: Harvesting and post-harvest handling strategies

Cost and Registration

Fee for this course is $200. Registration is currently closed and will re-open in mid-August 2016.