Gardening Columnist Maggie L. Moor-Orth encourages any farmer or gardener who's thought of using their passion for growing to register for the upcoming Small Farms Program Nov. 10 and 11.


Have you ever thought about having honeybees, growing herbs, cut flowers or tree fruits? If so, you may want to register for the Small Farms Program. On Nov. 10 and 11, Delaware State University’s Small Farm Program is hosting a Profiting from a Few Acres Conference at the Sheraton Dover Hotel.

Keynote speakers include Pam West, a fourth generation farmer who currently has a 114-acre farm in Lewisburg, WV. Her expertise includes high tunnels, organic vegetables and livestock, as well as production and marketing
techniques. This presentation is a must-see learning opportunity for any grower.
She is also a vendor at the Lewisburg Farmers Market every Saturday morning.
Michelle Hughes is the director of Greenmarket’s New Farmer Development Project in New York City. She has years of experience developing marketing opportunities, with micro-credit loans, Community Supported Agriculture and Spanish/English translations. She will speak on how to be a successful marketer.

There also will be an assortment of other topics including the value of bee keeping, getting into the herb business, dairy goats and cheese making, adding cut flowers to increase your profits, extending profits with high tunnels, beating the bugs in your vegetables with integrated pest management, profiting with tree fruits, profiting through planning and the growers’ discussion transitioning into organic panel.

Three tours are scheduled after the morning workshops on Thursday, Nov. 11. Choose from water to wine (Small Wonder Hydroponic Greenhouse and Tilmon’s Vineyard & Winery), small-scale livestock (DSU Hickory Hill Goat Research Farm) and profiting from tree operations (Delmarvelous Chestnuts and Coleman’s Christmas Tree Farm).

The cost is $35 per person and limited scholarships are available. A full lunch is provided both days. For a brochure or to register, call 302-857-6462 or email jclendaniel@desu.edu.

With the busy growing season behind us, you may have thoughts of expanding your crops or you may want to know more the topics covered during this conference. If so, I look forward to meeting you there!