Production Skills

Growing healthy tomatoes class - 2 of 2

Powerpoint presentation for farmers of tomato production. Includes common diseases, strategies for pest and disease management, different tomato varieties, and production. Paired with Growing Healthy Tomatoes Class - 1 of 2 outline. All regions. English level: Beginner. Farming level: Beginner. Literacy level: Pre. Keywords: tomato, cherry tomato, sauce tomato, heirloom tomato, seeding, germination, vegetable production, transplant

Growing Crops in High Tunnels

Powerpoint presentation for farmers about the purpose and benefits of using a high tunnel system.  Includes infromation about selecting style and location, sizing, construction.  All Regions. English Level: emerging/developing.  Farming level: beginning/intermediate.  Literacy Level: Moderate.  Key words: high tunnel, construction.

Seed Saving

Powerpoint presentation for farmers about the basics of seed saving and pollination, and the distinction between annuals, biennials and perennials.  Covers topics like hybrid seeds, open-pollination, cross pollination, self pollination. English Level: Emerging. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Low. Key Words: Seeds, hybrid, tomatoes, pollination.

Soil Management

Powerpoint Presentation for farmers presenting different aspects of soil quality and techniques and strategies for soil management. Different strategies covered include cover cropping, crop rotation, mulching, fertility plans, and irrigation. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: Beinning. Literacy Level: Pre. Keywords: soil management, crop rotation, fertility, fertilizer

Time Management

PDF Handout for farmers about managing time between planning, seeding, maintenance, harvesting and marketing according to season.  North East Region.  English Level: Beginning.  Farming Level: Beginning.  LIieracy Level: Low.

Growing healthy plants class - 1 of 2

Class facilitator outline for “Growing Healthy Plants,” to be paired with Growing Healthy plants class - 2 of 2.  Covers basics of plant nutrition and walks through an example of radish growing.  Northeast region but transferable. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: High.

Crop by Crop Discussion Topics

Word document class outline for production discussion about crops.  Could be used by facilitator or given directly to farmers. Discussion includes topics about where, how, when to plant, how to maintain, and harvesting techniques.  Needs supporting pictures or powerpoint.  Also includes a blank planting calendar.  All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming level: beginning.  Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: discussion, crop planning.

Class Outlines - Intro to Seed Saving

Word document class outline about the basics of seed saving and pollination and the distinction between annuals, biennials and perennials.  Covers topics including hybrid seeds, open-pollination, cross pollination, self pollination. Paired with Seed Saving powerpoint.  All Regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: Seeds, hybrid, tomatoes, pollination.

Class Outlines - Vegetable Families

Class outline to teach farmers about botanical families to help them use this knowledge to improve pest management, soil, fertilizer use, crop planning, and crop rotations.  Also includes basic information about growing unfamiliar vegetables.  Paired with powerpoint presentation Vegetable Families. All Regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: fertilizer, vegetables, classification, families.

Wholesale Markets

Powepoint presentation for farmers about pricing vegetables for wholesale versus retail markets.  Also includes information about planting and American's preferences.  All Regions.  English Level: Beginning.  Farming Level: Beginning.  Literacy Level: Moderate.  Key Words: kale, hot peppers, radishes, marketing, business planning.

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