Specialty Crop Tours for Young Growers
This past July, eight members of the Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance attended the IFTA summer study tour of Western New York. Members had the opportunity to carpool to the tour together, and shared an evening meal with other young growers from across the northeast.
It has 54 countries with 1 billion people speaking 2000 languages. The continent of Africa is as culturally diverse as it is massive. The history of the native and colonized peoples of this great land is so important to understanding and appreciating its place in the world today and in generations to come.
Ask any young grower about producing fruit, and they will likely tell you it is a rewarding career that can also be challenging at times. To help producers combat these challenges, a team of scientists work diligently at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV.
On November 17, 2015 the Young Grower Alliance came together to tour some Adams County Fruit Farms. Farms included Lerew Brothers Orchard, Bonny Brae Fruit Farm and McCleaf's Orchard.
On April 27, 2015 the Young Growers Alliance were able to take tours of Hess Farm and 78 Acre Farm.
March 2015. A group of 12 young growers just returned from touring fruit growing regions in Central California. Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance Network Tours provide experiential training in sustainable production practices and encourage innovation among this next generation of growers.
November 2014 - Young Growers Visit Spiral Path Farm and North Mountain Pasture
July 2011 - tour included fruit operations in England, the Netherlands, and Belgium
March & April 2011
November 18, 2010 in Boyertown and Coopersburg, PA
July 28-30, 2010 in Geneva, NY
June 17, 2009 in Kearneysville and Martinsburg, WV
July 22, 2009 in Biglerville, PA
July 16, 2009 in Northborough, MA
June 25, 2009 in Flushing, MI
April 8, 2009 in Princeton, NJ
February 9-21, 2008