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    Beekeeping 102: Organic Honey Bee Colony Management

    Sections 6

    Length 5 hours

    Learn organic colony management practices like managing Varroa mites and other pests with IPM methods, and to keep honey bees healthy without hard chemicals.

    $118.15

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    Ag101: Introduction to Agriculture

    Sections 9

    Length 11 hours

    Learn the basics of farms and farming, including crops, livestock, and natural resources, common to Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.

    $99.00

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    Landscaping Safety: Pesticides

    Sections 6

    Length 4 hours

    Learn about pesticide labels, regulations, and application. Follow procedures for storage, spills, emergencies, and safety precautions. Earn PCH credits.

    $16.15

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    Employee Landscape Training: Planting, Mulching, and Watering

    Sections 2

    Length 1 hour, 30 minutes

    This course helps landscape businesses train beginner and seasonal employees to inspect and handle nursery stock, dig, edge, mulch, water, and stake trees. Earn PCH credits.

    $16.15

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    Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write a Winning Proposal

    Sections 4

    Length 4 hours

    Write a successful grant proposal. Learn about the grant review process, organizational missions, and public and private funding sources.

    $84.15

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    Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Guidelines and Meal Planning

    Sections 6

    Length 6 hours

    In this online course, learn the basics of nutrition, and practical suggestions for creating healthy food choices to improve and maintain your health.

    $58.65

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    Forest Taxation: Forest Finance and Timber Tax Education

    Sections 13

    Length 8 hours

    Tax professionals and forest landowners learn about finance, taxation, and timber sales and taxation in order to save money on taxes. Earn 8 CFEs or 8 CPEs.

    $136.00

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    Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

    Sections 5

    Length 3 hours

    This online course for beginning landscapers and home gardeners covers pruning basics: how trees and shrubs grow, when and how to prune, and safety and tools.

    $33.15

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    Growing Raspberries and Blackberries: From Planting to Harvest

    Sections 3

    Length 7 hours, 30 minutes

    This course prepares you to grow berries, from choosing varieties, to planting, to handling pests and diseases. Growing can be rewarding and profitable.

    $84.15

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    Private Wells and Water Systems Management

    Sections 5

    Length 4 hours

    Learn how to identify the proper location, construction, maintenance, testing, and treatment of a water well, spring, or cistern

    $33.15

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    Farmers Market Food Safety

    Sections 7

    Length 4 hours

    Selling food at farmers' markets is popular and profitable. This online course teaches vendors and producers about food safety and preventing foodborne illness.

    $33.15

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    Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation

    Sections 4

    Length 3 hours

    This course is designed for beginning and next-generation commercial tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations, and prepare for planting.

    $75.65

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    Plant Health Diagnosis: Assessing Plant Diseases, Pests and Problems

    Sections 4

    Length 2 hours

    Learn a process for diagnosing plant health problems, including signs and symptoms of diseases, pests and insects, and environment or management issues. Earn 4 Category 6, 7, 18, 23, or Private Category credits and a certificate of completion.

    $33.15

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    Totally Veggies

    Sections 6

    Length 8 hours

    Vegetables are crucial to your health. In this course, learn shopping and storage tips, cooking techniques, helpful videos and handouts, and easy recipes.

    $33.15

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    Pond Management for Rural and Farm Pond Owners

    Sections 6

    Length 8 hours

    Learn basic pond maintenance and how to address common pond issues including excessive plant and algae growth, nuisance wildlife, and fishery management.

    $84.15

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    Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners

    Sections 8

    Length 12 hours

    Learn about forest ecosystems, management, and stewardship practices, as well as wildlife, water, tree identification and measurement, and legacy planning.

    $84.15

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    When 07/11/2024

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