Small Farms Sitemap - Page 2 2014-07-23

Why Use a Chicken Tractor on the Small Farm?
Learn about the benefits of chicken tractors and why you might choose one for your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

All About Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes on the Small Farm
Learn about the unique and delicious tuber, Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes, so you can tell your customers all about them.

How to Grow Mixed Salad Greens on the Small Farm
Growing your own specialty salad mix can be fun and rewarding for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to grow salad mix - an easy, enjoyable and profitable crop on the small farm.

Should You Raise Turkeys?
If you're thinking about raising turkeys on your small farm or homestead, you might want to read this first and find out whether raising and keeping a flock of turkeys - whether for meat, to breed, or both - is right for you.

Season Extension - Starting Spring Seeds Early And Harvesting Late Winter Crops
Want to get a jump on planting crops and your food garden this season? With season extension ideas like cold frames and polytunnels, you can get your small farm or homestead garden going earlier than you ever imagined.

What Animals Should I Raise? - How to Choose Animal Breeds to Raise on the Small Farm
If you're just starting your small farm or homestead, figure out what animal breeds - from chickens to goats - are a good fit for your goals and plans.

How to Keep Your Goats Healthy
Keeping your goats happy and healthy is key to success as a goat farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to know when they're sick and how to keep them from getting sick in the first place.

Storing the Harvest for Winter
Maximize the harvest by storing your fruits, vegetables and other crops so that they last all winter long.

Top 10 Best Gifts for the Farmer
Here are the top 10 best gifts for the small farmer or homesteader in your life.

How to Choose Rabbit Breeds
Learn which rabbit breeds are best for your purpose: meat, pet, or wool/pelts.

Preventing Turkey Problems and Diseases
Learn how to prevent and treat problems and diseases in your turkey flock - including protecting them from predators.

How to Raise Dairy Goats for Milk
Learn the basics of keeping dairy goats for milk on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Is keeping milk goats right for you?

How to Build or Buy a High Tunnel On a Small Farm
A high tunnel, or unheated greenhouse, is a great way to expand your small farm to the shoulder seasons and to grow warm-climate crops such as tomatoes in northern climates. Learn why you might want to invest in a high tunnel and how to build or buy one.

How to Prepare the Soil for Growing Garlic
Learn how to prepare the soil to grow the biggest, best, most tasty garlic ever on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Barter - Bartering for Goods and Services on the Small Farm or Homestead
Bartering for what you need with products from your small farm or homestead can be beneficial and great fun, too! Learn what you need to get started trading or bartering goods and services.

Design a Small Farm - Should I Farm
It's often the first question people ask when considering starting a farm. But how to begin to answer it? I'll give you somewhere to get started.

How to Feed and Water Pigs
Learn how to feed and water your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Start a Small Farm
Is it time to make your dream a reality and start a small farm? These are the basic steps to follow to start farming, whether you're beginning this season or in five years.

Where to Buy Turkey Poults - Hatcheries and Suppliers
Ready to place your order for turkey poults for your small farm or homestead? Here's a list of the best places to order turkey poults online.

Why Test Your Soil?
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Benefits of Raw Food and Raw Food Recipes
Raw food is a delicious way to make use of the fresh, amazing veggies and fruits you can grow on your small farm. Learn how raw food can benefit your health and life and try a few new recipes for yourself, or to share with your customers and CSA members.

Tips for Keeping Good Farm Records
Check out these tips for keeping excellent records on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead. Track income, expenses and more.

Tips for Surviving Spring on the Small Farm
Tips for getting through the hectic spring season on a small farm, hobby farm, or homestead.

How to Publicize Your Small Farm Business
Get some ideas for publicizing your small farm business: logos, events, website, photos and more.

Spring Cleaning on the Small Farm
What's on your list for cleaning this spring? Get a jump start on the season with this handy checklist.

Egg Laying Problems with Chickens on the Small Farm
Chickens lay eggs, but sometimes those eggs are extra-large, super-tiny or otherwise weird. Are these egg-laying problems?

Flavoring Kombucha
Learn how to add flavors and depth to your kombucha brew on your homestead, hobby farm or small farm.

Urban Beekeeping
Learn how to keep bees safely and healthily in urban and suburban hobby farms and homesteads.

Homestead Where You Are
Homestead Where You Are

Livestock Guardian Dogs on the Small Farm
Livestock Guardian Dogs on the Small Farm

Get Busy With Bees!
If you haven't ordered honey bees for the spring yet, what are you waiting for? It's definitely time to place orders for equipment, too. Order now, before

Frozen Eggs
With so much of the country in a deep freeze (welcome to my world!), I thought a little bit of information on freezing and, well, unfreezing, eggs might be

Beginning Beekeeping Books - Read About How to Keep Bees
A collection of great books to learn more about bees and how to keep them healthy and happy.

Choosing a Livestock Guardian Dog Breed
A livestock guardian dog can be a great addition to your small farm, homestead or hobby farm. But which breed of LGD is best? Here's a guide to some of the more common LGD breeds in the United States today.

Raising Ducks for Meat and Eggs
Duck eggs and duck meat are becoming more and more popular. So why not raise ducks for eggs and/or meat on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead? If you've raised chickens, you can raise ducks - give it a try!

All About Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes on the Small Farm
Learn all about Jerusalem artichokes so that when you grow them on your small farm, you can tell your customers all about them and how to store, cook and eat them.

Peecycling - Urine as Fertilizer
Using urine to fertilize fields is a new idea that could be very cost- and resource-efficient. Learn how to do it so you can experiment with peecycling on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

How to Homestead in the City
Living in the city but have the urge to homestead? You can do it! Homesteading in urban spaces is possible and it's fun, too.

Dog Training Collar Review - SportDOG SportHunter 1225 Electronic Dog Training Collar Review
This is a review that looks at the features of the SportDOG SportHunter 1225 electronic dog training collar.

Book Review - The Weekend Homesteader
A review of the book The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Gather Supplies
Learn how to inspect your beehive for the health of your colony.

How to Inspect a Beehive - What Larvae Look Like
What you're looking for in the beehive. Page 10.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Finding Eggs
Tips and tricks for finding eggs during your beehive inspection. Page 11.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Replacing the Frames
Time to replace the frames and put the hive back together. Page 12.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Replace Inner Cover
Slide the inner cover on carefully. Page 13.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Replace Outer Cover
The final step in your inspection - replacing the outer cover on your beehive. Page 14.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Open the Hive
After getting your supplies together, it's time to open up the beehive. Page 2.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Remove Outer Cover
Next, you will remove the outer cover of the beehive. Page 3.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Remove Inner Cover
Now you will remove the inner cover of the beehive. Page 4.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Remove the Super
Now it's time to remove the super. Page 5.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Smoke the Deep Hive Box
Smoke the second deep before removing it. Page 6.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Remove Second Deep
Remove the second deep. Small Farms. Page 7.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Smoke Bees and Remove First Frame
Now you will begin your inspection. Page 8.

How to Inspect a Beehive - Inspect Frames
The heart of a beehive inspection - inspecting the frames one by one. Page 9.

Definition of Pastured
Learn what

Definition of Broiler
Learn what a broiler is and when to use this small farming term.

Poult - Definition of Poult
What is a poult? Small Farms.

Definition of Heritage Livestock Breed
Learn all about heritage breeds, and what the difference is between heritage, heirloom and traditional breeds on the small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

Definition of Value-Added Product
Learn what a value-added product is when you're talking about a small farm situation.

Definition of Pastured
Learn what

Definition of Jerusalem Artichokes
Just what does a Jerusalem artichoke have to do with Jerusalem or artichokes? And is a sunchoke the same thing?

Double Digging - Definition of Double Digging
Learn what double digging is and why you might want to use this method to improve the soil on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

How to Evaluate a Hobby Farm
Learn how to evaluate a hobby farm for sale. Should you buy it?

How to Use Succession Planting on the Small Farm
Learn how to use succession planting on the small farm to maximize yield and grow more vegetables in less space.

Plant Fall Crops - Plan a Fall Harvest
It's not too late to start planting new crops for harvest in the fall and early winter. And if you're using season extension methods, the bounty can extend well into the winter months.

Top 10 Tips for the Beginning Homesteader
Learn from those who have done it before and get some tips for starting your own homesteading adventure.

How to Buy a Hobby Farm
Learn what factors to consider when you buy your hobby farm.

Recipes for Apples on the Small Farm
Apples are a popular crop on the small farm, homestead, and hobby farm. Learn how to make use of your apples and help your CSA and farmers market customers make the most of them, too.

Long-Term Planning on the Small Farm
Planning doesn't stop after you get your farm launched. Learn some tips for keeping it manageable as you move through the seasons on your small farm, hobby farm, or homestead.

Starting a Small Farm - Avoiding Burnout
Starting a farm is a major venture. Making sure you pace yourself can help you avoid burnout.

Taking Field Walks on the Small Farm
Field walks can be an important way to connect with and keep tabs on your small farm. Learn how and why to do field walks.

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for the Small Farmer
Need a little inspiration for your New Year's resolutions? These small farming, homesteading, and hobby farming related goals and resolutions will help.

How to Make Goat Cheese
Learn several easy recipes to turn fresh goat milk into delicious farmstead goat cheese - a perfect value-added product for the small farmer.

How to Save Seed
Learn how to save seed - and save money, choose your own varieties, and make your farm more sustainable.

Beets - Benefits and Recipes
Beets are easy to grow and have a long growing season - perfect for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. And you can't beat (ha!) their health benefits.

Benefits and Uses of Kale
Learn how to use kale and how it benefits your health - great for anyone who grows kale on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Benefits of Honey and Honey Recipes
Started keeping your own honeybees? Here are some benefits of honey as well as some yummy recipes and ideas for using it.

Spring Recipes - Garlic Scapes and Asparagus
Spring is the perfect time for harvesting, selling and eating garlic scapes and asparagus. Learn how to prepare them and share recipes with your customers at the farmers market.

Tamara Flanders
Bio for Tamara Flanders, guest author for About.com Small Farms.

Warming Recipes for Winter
Winter can be chilly, but these recipes will use up stored vegetables and keep you toasty warm.

Holiday Recipes for the Small Farm
Pick up some yummy, healthy treats that you can make with things you've grown on the small farm, and share with your CSA and farmers market customers.

Recipes for Collard Greens on the Small Farm
Collard greens are a popular crop on the small farm, homestead, and hobby farm. Learn how to make use of your collard greens and help your CSA and farmers market customers make the most of them, too.

Recipes for Fall on the Small Farm - Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkins are a popular crop on the small farm, homestead, and hobby farm. Learn how to make use of your pumpkins and help your CSA and farmers market customers make the most of them, too.

How to Test Your Soil on the Small Farm
Learn how and when to test your soil so that the plants on your small farm grow as luscious and big as possible. Also find out where to get your soil tested and what tests to ask for as well as specifics on how to take a great soil sample.

How to Start Agritourism on Your Small Farm
Learn how to start an agritourism operation on your small farm.

Is Agritourism Right for Your Small Farm?
Learn whether agritourism, offering educational and enjoyment-focused opportunities for visitors on your farm for income, is right for you.

How to Compost on the Small Farm
Learn how to start a compost pile on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Make Compost Tea
Compost tea is a very helpful addition to the small farm, especially if you're growing organically. Learn how to make it and use it.

Fall Soil Amendments
Fall is a great time to spruce up your soil with cover crops, compost, and other amendments.

Garlic - Managing Pests and Diseases
Garlic is a hardy crop, but not immune to pests and diseases. Learn how to prevent, manage and treat the most common of these for a healthy crop.

How to Cure and Clean Garlic
Once you've grown great garlic, learn how to cure and clean it like a pro.

How to Harvest Garlic
Learn the best and most efficient ways to harvest garlic on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Grow Garlic on the Small Farm
Learn everything you need to know to become a garlic farmer on your small farm, growing garlic for hobby, fun or profit.

Planning Your Winter Harvest
Plan now for your winter harvest and reap the benefits of a long growing season no matter where you live.

How to Winterize Farm Equipment
Learn how best to prepare your farm equipment - from weedwhackers to tillers to tractors - for the winter.

How to Wash Baby Salad Greens
After you've harvested baby salad greens to sell at the farmers markets, to restaurants, or through your CSA, you need to get those babies clean and ready for sale - and this article will tell you how.

How to Store Seeds
Learn how to store your seeds, saving money and choosing or breeding your own varieties of crops and vegetables.

Supplies for Starting Seeds
These are the supplies you'll need for starting seeds indoors or in a greenhouse, hoop house or high tunnel. Starting plants from seed is a key skill for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer.

How to Select Garlic Seed Stock
Learn how to select the best garlic seed stock and how to grow garlic from bulbs or bulbils.

Preventing Pig Problems and Diseases
Keep your pigs healthy and happy on your small farm or homestead - protect them from predators, health issues, and more.

How to Raise Piglets
Learn how to raise happy, healthy pigs from baby piglets, on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Choose Sheep Breeds
Raising sheep? Learn which sheep breeds are best for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead goals, whether those be to raise sheep for meat, wool, milk or all three.

How to House Rabbits
Learn about how to build a rabbit hutch that will keep your rabbits happy and healthy on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Feed Rabbits
Learn how to properly feed and water your rabbits on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Process Rabbits on the Small Farm
Learn how to process, slaughter and butcher your rabbits on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

How to Build Raised Beds
A complete guide to building your own raised beds for small farming, homesteading and hobby farming intensive growing methods.

Chicken Coop Requirements - What You Need to Know to Build Your Own Chicken Coop
These are the basic considerations for building your own chicken coop.

How to Predator Proof Your Chicken Coop
Keep your chickens safe from predators like weasels, raccoons, and even neighborhood dogs, in a predator-proof chicken coop.

Supplements to Commercial Chicken or Poultry Feed
When you feed chickens a commercial chicken feed, you will probably still want to include treats or other supplements - such as oyster shells for calcium - they may need.

How to Choose a Spraying System on the Small Farm
Backpack or tractor-mounted spraying system? Which one is right for your small farm application? Learn about the options.

How to Grow Cucumbers
Learn how to grow great cucumbers on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes on the Small Farm
Learn how to grow Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

Choo-Choo Chicken Tractor - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

The Chicken Hilton - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Swingset to Coop Conversion - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Home-built Chicken Tractor - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Raising Rabbits
Rabbits are an easy, prolific animal to raise on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Typically raised for meat, they can also be raised for wool (Angora)

Making Maple Syrup
Soon, the days will be above freezing and the nights below, and it will be time to tap the maple trees and gather their prolific sap, boiling it down into

Beekeeping
Learn how to keep healthy, happy bees and harvest delicious honey.

Growing Ginseng?
Is there anyone out there who has tried growing ginseng? We have this question from someone on the forums about it, asking for input and for folks to share

Grants for Small Farmers
Wondering about where to find money for your small farm startup or expansion? Need equipment but don't know how to pay for it? Well, there are resources for

About My Chicken Coop - Share Your Story - Building a Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Plymouth Rock Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Plymouth Rocks, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.

Beekeeping Supplies - Smoker, Hive Tool, and Feeding
A smoker, hive tool, and supplies for feeding your honey bees are all smaller, but just as necessary pieces of beekeeping equipment.

Cover Crop - Rye - How to Grow Rye, Cereal Rye, Winter Rye as a Cover Crop
Learn when and how to plant cereal rye as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Cover Crop - Buckwheat - How to Grow Buckwheat as a Cover Crop
Learn when and how to plant buckwheat as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

Moving Baby Chicks Outdoors.
A poster asked, Hi Lauren. We just ordered our chicks, Buff Orpingtons, and was wondering how long they need to be kept inside. We're in New Hampshire and the

Start Your First Victory Garden
With even the Obamas plowing up the South Lawn for a White House Victory Garden, why not tear up some of your sod and plant it with luscious veggies for

Good Fences Make...
good neighbors. They keep animals in, keep predators out, and keep different species of animal separate from one another if needed - or keep males from females

Vertical Farming? It's Moving Up in the World
Rooftop gardens have recently become all the rage in urban environments, making use of space that has access to sunlight and is otherwise wasted to grow

Building Food Communities
This New York Times Magazine essay in the October 8, 2010, edition of the paper has been quietly working on my subconscious for the past couple of weeks. I keep

Nourishing New Farmers
There's no doubt about it: the US population of farmers is aging. There's no shortage of young people eager to begin farming, but most often, they lack the

A DIY Chicken Coop - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

My City Girl Farming Chicken Coop - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Surprise Chicken Coop - : About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 7.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 6.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 5.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 4.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 3.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants. Page 2.

SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence
A review of the SportDOG Brand In-Ground Fence system, an underground electric dog fence that can keep your dog contained on up to 100 acres.

Freedom Ranger Hatchery Review - Review of Chick Supplier Freedom Ranger Hatchery
A review of Freedom Ranger Hatchery, which provides meat birds aka broilers that free range and pasture well.

Definition of Acre
Wondering just what an acre of land means, anyway?

Definition of Cow
Just what do farmers mean when they say

Definition of Heirloom Vegetable
Heirloom what? Find out what it means when someone says they're growing an heirloom vegetable.

Definition of Organic
Organic, sustainable, beyond organic, humane? Confused? We'll sort it out.

Kombucha - Definition of Kombucha
What exactly is kombucha or kombucha tea?

Beekeeping - Beekeeping for Dummies Book Review - Beginning Beekeeping Books
Check out this book review of Beekeeping for Dummies by beekeeper Howland Blackiston.

Beekeeping - The Backyard Beekeeper Book Review - Beginning Beekeeping Books
Check out this book review of The Backyard Beekeeper by beekeeper Kim Flottum.

Honey Bee Supplier Review - BeeWeaver Apiaries Review
A review of BeeWeaver Apiaries, a supplier of honey bees and queens.

Bee Suit Review - Beekeeping Protective Clothing - Bee Equipment Review
A review of the Mann Lake LTD Economy bee suit - bee protective clothing for the beekeeper.

Types of Honey Bees
Don't know whether to get Italian, Carniolan, or Russian honey bees? This is a guide to types of bees for the beginning beekeeper.

Excalibur Food Dehydrator - Review of Excalibur Dehydrator
A review of the Excalibur 3000 series food dehydrator.

Definition of Drone - Honey Bees
What's a drone in beekeeping? Small Farms.

Definition of Eggs - Honey Bees
What are eggs in beekeeping? Small Farms.

Definition of Langstroth Hive - Honey Bees
What is a Langstroth hive? Small Farms.

Definition of Larvae - Honey Bees
What is honey bee larvae and what does it look like?

Definition of Nuc Colony - Honey Bees
What does a beekeeper mean when he or she is selling a nucleus colony or nuc?

Definition of Package Bees - Honey Bees
What does a beekeeper mean when he or she is selling package bees?

Raise Animals
Learn how to raise chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl, sheep, goats, bees, cows, and more. Everything the small farmer or homesteader needs to know about animal husbandry.

Definition of Brood - Honey Bees
What does it mean when a beekeeper refers to brood?

Definition of Foundation - Honey Bees
What is foundation? Small Farms.

Definition of Frame - Honey Bees
What is a frame in beekeeping? Small Farms.

Beehive Review - Rossman Apiaries Standard Beehive Review
A review of the standard Langstroth beehive from Rossman Apiaries.

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants.

Easy Plants - 7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants.

Seed Suppliers Review - Seed Savers Exchange Review
A review of a non-profit heirloom seed company, Seed Savers Exchange.

Beehive Review - Evans Cedar Beehive Review
A review of Evans Cedar Beehive, a Langstroth style hive for keeping honey bees.

Reader Submissions: About My Chicken Coop
Share how you built your coop - did you use plans? Make it from recycled and scavenged materials? Buy a coop already built or assemble it yourself? And share a photo of it!

Should You Raise Goats?
Wondering whether keeping goats on your small farm is right for you? These are the key questions to ask yourself if you're thinking of raising goats on a small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

Projects
Do it yourself! Here are some ideas for projects you can do on your small farm or homestead. You'll find everything from canning food to building a chicken coop.

Start a Farm
Want to start farming but don't know where to begin? Start right here!