Using Innovative Production Systems to Meet the Needs of new Emerging Markets

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $5,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Region: Northeast
State: Delaware
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: cabbages, peppers, tomatoes


  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Many small family farms are finding that they need to diversify into crops other than the traditional corn and soybeans. To respond to the changing demographics of the Delmarva Peninsula, this project seeks to produce exotic specialty vegetables using both established and innovative technologies. Specialty crops currently being researched and demonstrated at Delaware State University will be grown and marketed through local direct marketing channels. Outreach will be through farm visits for area farmers, news releases, workshops, and the university web site.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.