COLLEGEVILLE PA – In the 1970s, a small farm with only a few acres of land was considered a “gentleman’s farm.” In the ’90s it was popularized as a “farmette.” Now environmentalists and home owners interested in organic lifestyles refer to them as “right-sized” or “family-sized” farms.

No matter what they’re called, there are proven ways to maximize their productivity and get the most production out of every square foot of land. A new “Living On A Few Acres” course, being offered beginning March 10 by Penn State Cooperative Extension in Montgomery County, will provide an introduction to basic production techniques for everything from poultry and beef production to vegetables and organic crops.

The complete seven-week course (one night weekly) will be held Wednesdays, March 10-April 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Beech Room at the county 4-H Center, Route 113, Creamery PA. Specific dates and topics include marketing, March 10; vegetable production, March 17; fruit and berries, March 24; beef, sheep and goats, March 31; an introduction to soils, amendments and compost, April 7; integrated pest management and organics, April 14; and pigs and poultry, April 21.

The series costs $40 per person or $60 per couple. To register or get more information, call Cooperative Extension agricultural educator Andrew Frankenfield at 610-489-4315 or visit its website.

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