Breaking the Barriers Workshop for Beginning Farmers

Posted: March 12, 2012

Penn State Extension’s Start Farming program is offering a series of educational programs designed to help farmers break through these barriers.

Partnering with Pennsylvania Farm Link, they will host Breaking the Barriers – Access to Land, Capital, and Equipment on April 21 in West Chester. The program will feature creative ways to acquire land - such as incubator farms and conservancies - and equipment noting not all equipment has be purchased in the first year of production when capital is sometimes minimal. Sue Milshaw from the Chester County Economic Development Council will present financing options available to beginning farmers often not available through traditional banks and lenders. Farmers from throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania will share their start-up experiences and lessons learned building their farm dream into a successful business.

Breaking the Barriers will be hosted from 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Chester County Government Services Building. The cost of the workshop is $35 and includes lunch. Partial scholarships are available for beginning farmers who would like to attend the workshop. For scholarship information, please call Darlene Livingston at Pennsylvania Farm Link at 717-705-2121. To learn more about Breaking the Barriers or to register, visit or call Jodi Torock, Extension Educator at 610-746-1970.