Small Farms Sitemap - Page 2 2014-04-20

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby. Page 8.

Growing Jerusalem Artichokes on the Small Farm
Growing Jerusalem Artichokes on the Small Farm

Raising Pigs on the Small Farm
Winter is the perfect time to consider adding new species of animals to your small farm, homestead or hobby farm. And pigs are a fantastic animal for small

Extreme Homestead Makeover, Anyone?
Extreme Homestead Makeover, Anyone?

Crowdmanaging a Farm
I just saw this on Springwise and was fascinated. The UK's National Trust has begun a project called MyFarm, where a 2,500-acre farm will be managed by

Finding Grants, Loans and Information
Finding Grants, Loans and Information

Do You Really Need a Small Farm Business Plan?
Do You Really Need a Small Farm Business Plan?

What to Do With a Broody Hen
What to Do With a Broody Hen

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

Ideas for Alternative Crops and Enterprises
I stumbled across this list of alternative crops and enterprises put out by the USDA's Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, and thought I'd pass it

Are Your Chickens Ready for Winter?
The days are getting short and the nights feel brisk. It's around this time of year that my chickens often slow down their egg laying. Sometimes they molt

Hatching Baby Chicks Naturally
Hatching Baby Chicks Naturally

Internet in the Boonies
Do you live out of reach of DSL, cable or cell phones? I do. And as I sit here at the library because I've exceeded my 30-day bandwidth limit on satellite

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!

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

Frozen Eggs - What to Do With Frozen Eggs
If it's wintertime, your chicken eggs might have frozen. Can you still use them?

Light in the Chicken Coop - Using Supplemental Lighting in the Coop in Winter
If winter has come and with it, egg production of your laying hens has slowed or stopped, learn how a supplemental lighting program can induce laying again.

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

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

Ameracauna Chickens - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Ameracaunas, an egg-laying chicken breed that lays unique blue eggs. This breed has a related mixed-breed called Easter Egger.

Speckled Sussex Breed Profile
Learn all about the Speckled Sussex, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.

New Hampshire Red - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of New Hampshire Reds, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.

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.

When You Get Your Chicks - Raise Baby Chicks Right
Raising baby chicks doesn't have to inspire fear - with this guide you will get your baby chicks off to a great start.

Beehive - Start Your Langstroth Hive - Beginning Beekeeping Supplies
Learn about what parts make up a beehive, specifically a Langstroth bee hive.

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.

Buying Bees - Ordering Package Bees - How to Order Honey Bees for Your Beehive
Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs bees? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.

Protective Clothing for Beekeeping - Veil, Gloves and Bee Suit
The proper clothing can help protect you from bee stings. What do you really need? A veil, gloves, a bee suit - all of it? Find out.

Design a Small Farm - Assess Your Land and Resources
One of the most important steps in designing your small farm or homestead is to have an understanding of the resources - land, buildings, time and money - that you may already have on hand. This process will help you in designing your farm.

Farmers Markets - How to Make a Bundle at the Farmers Market
Learn how to sell your small farm's produce, meat, eggs, dairy and poultry at the farmers market. What are the best strategies for success?

Plan Your Garden to Feed Your Family - How to Plan a Farm and Garden to Feed a Family
Wondering how much to plant on your small farm to feed your family? Is 5 tomato plants enough, or would 15 be better? Get started planning your garden so that you have fresh, delicious produce for your family all year.

Design a Small Farm - Plan the First Year on Your Farm or Homestead
You know where you want to end up in one year, or five years - with a successful small farm. How do you get there? I'll help you take your dreams and make them reality.

Set Farming Goals - How to Set Goals for Your Small Farm or Homestead
Not sure if you're in this to create a market garden, if you're trying to become self-sufficient, or if you're simply hobby farming for pleasure? Ask yourself these essential questions and figure out your overarching goals for your small farm.

Beekeeping Supplies - How to Take Care of Honey Bees
Here's a list of what you'll need to get started beekeeping!

Choosing Chickens: How to Select Chickens to Raise on the Small Farm or Homestead
Torn between Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds? Wondering just what a

Keeping Chicken Basics - Ongoing Care of Chickens and Laying Hens
Learn the basics of how to keep up with your flock of laying hens or meat chickens. Collecting eggs, refilling feed and water, and maintaining a clean chicken coop.

Should You Raise Chickens?
Wondering whether laying hens or chickens are the right choice for your small farm or homestead? Learn what's involved and what you should consider as you make your decision.

Raising Chickens - Pick Your Management Method - Free Roaming, Pastured, or Coop and Run
When it comes to housing your chickens, you have several different options for containment - everything from allowing them to range or roam freely, to having them contained within movable electric net fencing, to a traditional coop and run.

Chicken Supplies - Supplies You Need for Keeping Chickens
Chickens don't need much to keep them happy and healthy. Learn what you need to buy to get started keeping chickens.

How to Raise Chickens - Chicken Litter Management - Deep Litter Method for Poultry
The deep litter method of litter management is used to keep chickens healthy and happy in their coop on small farms and homesteads. Laying hens are particularly suited for this method of litter management.

Egg Eating - Why Chickens Do It and How to Stop It
Have a problem with egg eating among your laying hens? Learn these crucial tips to stop your chickens from eating their own eggs. Your investment in those hens will pay off with fresh, delicious eggs that you get to eat instead of your hens!

Raise Pastured Poultry - How to Raised Pastured Poultry
Why keep your lovely hens confined to a coop and fixed run, when they can roam over fresh green grass and eat bugs and grubs to their hearts' content? Learn about the options for pasturing poultry, especially chickens, on the small farm or homestead.

Build Your Own Brooder - How to Build a Brooder for Baby Chicks
A DIY brooder setup for your chicks is one of the simplest ways to save money while raising chickens. Get some ideas for what to use for a safe, comfortable brooder - including heat lamps, waterers and feeders, bedding and temperature monitoring.

Should You Keep Bees - Decide Whether Beekeeping is Right for Your Farm
Learn what you need to consider when deciding whether to keep bees in the city, country, on a small farm or homestead.

How Bees Make Honey - Learn How Honeybees Make Honey
Learn how honeybees take nectar and make it into sweet, delicious honey.

Parts of a Beehive - How to Make a Beehive for Beekeeping
Learn the essential components of a beehive and how to put one together to keep bees. Whether you're a beekeeper in the country or city, you'll need a hive to get started beekeeping.

Protect Your Chickens From Predators - How to Protect Poultry from Predators
It seems that more animals are after chickens and poultry than any other farm animal - so learn what predators put your chickens at risk and how to best protect them.

Barbed Wire Fencing - Learn About Barbed Wire Fencing on Farms
Learn about the pros and cons of barbed wire fencing on the small farm.

Fencing on the Farm - Electric Net Fencing
Electric net fencing is a popular choice to keep poultry and sheep contained on the farm. Learn the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether electric net fencing is right for your management method.

Fencing on the Farm - High-Tensile Wire Fencing
High-tensile wire or woven wire fencing can be a low-cost, long-lasting fencing solution for the small farm or homestead. Especially suited to sheep and cattle, it is also useful for horses and goats.

Fencing on the Farm - Poly Tape and Poly Wire Fencing
Electric tape or wire fencing, often called poly tape or poly wire, can be an effective temporary fencing solution for many animals on the farm.

Fence on the Farm - Types of Fencing on Farms
An overview of the types of fence and fencing methods most commonly used on small farms today and why you'd choose a particular type of fence. Includes maintenance procedures for each option.

Woven Wire Fencing - Woven Wire Fence on the Farm
Learn about woven wire fencing, a good choice for many types of livestock on the small farm.

Know Your Soil - How to Improve Soil on the Small Farm
Learn about the different soil types, how to tell what type of soil you have, and the basics of how to amend your soil to produce delicious, high yields of your crops.

Prepare Your Soil - Till Your Soil
Learn how to prepare your soil for planting: tillage methods from conventional to no-till to reduced tillage will be discussed. Whether you have a homestead, a tiny hobby farm or a small-scale farm, you'll find the right method for tilling your soil here.

Hobby Sugaring - How to Collect Maple Sap and Make Maple Syrup
Do you have some sugar maples, or even just one maple tree, on your land? Then you can make maple syrup. I'll give you the rundown on equipment and the sugaring process so you can get started.

Grow Blueberries - How to Grow Blueberries
Instructions and tips teach you how to grow blueberries on your small farm or homestead.

Find Grants, Money and Resources for Your Small Farm
Looking for grants or money to start your small farm? Look no further; we've gathered the best resources for you to find the grants you need.

Compost in Biodynamic Farming - How to Make Biodynamic Compost
Learn how to make biodynamic compost preparations and use them to enhance your biodynamic compost.

Biodynamic Farming - Learn About Biodynamic Farming
Biodynamic farming, or biodynamic agriculture, is a method of farming that is sustainable and, some say, was the first modern ecological farming method. Learn how to apply biodynamic principles to your small farm or homestead.

Biodynamic Agriculture - Learn About the Biodynamic Preparations
Biodynamic farming, or biodynamic agriculture, is a method of farming that is sustainable and, some say, was the first modern ecological farming method. Learn about the biodynamic preparations that you can use to enhance soil fertility on your small farm or homestead.

What Is Sustainable Agriculture?
You may have seen the term

Dry Beans - Description and Varieties of Dry Beans
Varieties of dry beans, description and Latin name, growing conditions, hardiness zones.

Grow Dry Beans - How to Grow and Harvest Dry Beans
Learn how to grow and harvest dry beans. Covers planting time, spacing, growing notes, pests and problems, maintenance, harvesting, seed saving, storage and preservation.

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.

Cover Crop Basics - How to Grow a Cover Crop
Cover crops are a great way to add fertility, suppress weeds, and fill a niche in your small farm crop rotation. Learn when, how and why to plant them, and which ones to choose for your needs.

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

Cover Crop - Hairy Vetch - How to Grow Hairy Vetch as a Cover Crop
Learn when and how to plant hairy vetch as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.

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

Garlic - Description and Varieties of Garlic
Learn all about the types of garlic - hardneck and softneck - and various varieties, and basic information on what type of soil, pH, and other key factors you need to grow it.

How to Grow and Plant Garlic - Become a Small Scale Garlic Farmer
Ever wondered: hardneck or softneck? How do I grow garlic? Can I sell it profitably as a crop on my small farm? Find out the answers to all your garlic growing questions.

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.

Starting a Value-Added Small Farm Business
Value-added is kind of a strange small farming term, and can be confusing and clinical-sounding at first glance. All it really means? That rather than selling

Read Some Great Books About Farming
Winter's settling over us. Here in Vermont we already have snow. Wherever you live, I'm sure you're winding down from fall activities, and finding yourself with

Gardening Season Isn't Over Yet!
Although fall is well under way (here in the north country we are already having frosts), I'm still harvesting delicious veggies from the garden with a few

How Much Wood is in a Cord?
© Lauren Ware Many small farmers heat their homes with wood. It's cost efficient, especially if you can harvest your own wood from your land. But many of

Seed Catalog Time!
Anyone else drooling over seed catalogs yet? Can you believe it will ever be spring? Before we know it, it'll be time to dig our hands into warm, fresh soil

Hunker Down and Read
We're in for a cold spell here - the next three or four days are looking, well, like we'll be in the deep freeze. With weather too cold to be outside for

What Are You Growing to Sell?
In our forum, a poster asks what might produce might be good to grow and sell at the farmer's market or other venues. I threw out a few suggestions below, but

A Farmer in the White House?
In October, before the Presidential election, Michael Pollan, a champion of small farming and local foods, wrote a letter to the future President-elect, asking

Sweet and Fuzzy...
Feel free to tell me if I'm suffering from cabin fever, but I'm imagining those in warmer zones might be looking through hatchery catalogs, getting ready to

Small Farms in the News
With the economic recession fully upon us, it seems that small farms and homesteading are making the news more frequently. From more folks in New Orleans

Where Are Your Hens Laying?
Lately, my hens seem to think that a particular corner of the coop is the best spot for their eggs. Do you find a lot of floor eggs - eggs laid on the

Small Farms Are Growing in Number
According to some recent news reports based on the US Census of Agriculture, the number of small farms is growing. The US Department of Agriculture conducts a

Planning a Garden for Family Eating
Are you planning to eat from the garden this year? Do you want to grow enough to last you through winter and into next spring, so that you can really slash your

Starting a Laying Flock This Year?
Chickens are a great first farm species. They're fairly low-maintenance as farm animals go, they won't crush your car if they escape from their pen, and if

Send Me Your Questions.
I'm compiling FAQs for the site and would love readers to send in questions you may have about small farming and homesteading. From raising animals, to

Time to Order Chicks.
From left to right in the photo are some of my hens: a Buff Orpington, a Barred Rock, and a Partridge Rock. Even if it's not quite warm enough to start your

It's Sugaring Time!
With temperatures peeking into the upper 30s here in northern Vermont this past weekend, everyone's thinking about tapping maple trees and getting maple

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

The Politics of Food: The Proposed Farm and Food Bills
HR 875 is a bill currently introduced in the House of Representatives. There is a similar bill in the Senate, S 425, and several other related pieces of

Fact Check: What Might HR 875 Mean for Small Farms?
There's still a lot of confusion swirling around HR 875, the food safety bill that was introduced in the House of Representatives. First of all, note that: the

Farm and Food Bills: What About the Small Farm?
The New York Times ran a piece on Friday from Greenwire.com about the reaction of small farmers to the handful of bills in Congress right now (HR 875 just one

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

Joel Salatin on the Big Screen
A new documentary is opening on June 12th. Called Food Inc., it contrasts and compares large industrial agriculture with small, diversified farms like Joel

Are Your Chickens Eating Their Eggs?
Have you ever had problems with chickens eating their own eggs? I have, from time to time. Since they seem to be in a phase of doing this yet again (as well as

Swine Flu: An Industrial Agriculture Link?
Tom Philpott over at Grist.org reports on a potential link between a large confined animal feeding operation, or CAFO, owned by Smithfield Foods, a

Weekend Warrior: What Are Your Weekend Plans?
Although the image we get in our heads when we think of farming involves long days and weeks spent in the fields, in reality, many small farmers have to

Education, Down on the Small Farm
According to The Boston Globe, the youngest generation is enjoying spending weekends and vacations down on the farm, helping with chores and learning about

Get the Scoop on Coops
This is what I've been busy doing with my weekends. Building a movable chicken coop for my 3 dozen hens. It is actually a little bit undersized for that

Chickens Invade Cities and Suburbs!
Whether it's the recession, a greater connection with where our food comes from, because they're fun and easy, because the eggs are delicious, or all of the

Farmers Raising Specialty Market Crops
Ever thought about raising food for a specific cuisine or culture? Have a local demand for specialty crops? If you have wondered about how other farmers are

Learn About Biodynamics
Wondering about planting by the moon? What all those biodynamic farmers are talking about when they say they're spraying a preparation onto their crops or

Summer Interns Down on the Farm
The New York Times reports that many more young adults are choosing unpaid summer internships on organic farms, citing a growing movement of local food

Small Farming 2.0
The farmer's market has set up shop on the Internet! With websites like LocalHarvest.org and EatWild.org, where buyers can find produce near their zip code, and

Pasture Your Chickens
Want to pasture your chickens, but think you have too many for a small, portable chicken coop? Think again. You can do it! Coops don't have to be tiny to

You Know You're a Farmer When...
When did you first feel like a farmer? Was there a moment, a task, a milestone you reached when suddenly things clicked and you felt like a true farmer? Or

Farm to School Opportunities
The national Farm to School program is taking off in many parts of the United States! More and more schools are setting up programs where they purchase food

Farming as a Social Movement
I was very pleased to discover the irresistible fleet of bicycles, a visionary and engaging blog by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a young farmer and director

Wordless Wednesday
Breaking new ground is always tough. By now the potato plants are in the ground and starting to take off. To the left outside of the photo is the space we

A Little Help From Uncle Sam for Beginning Farmers
The USDA is currently offering incredibly low interest rates - 1.5%! - on up to 45% of a farm mortgage for beginning farmers. They define beginning farmers as

Urban Farming "A Revolution"
A recent article on CNN chronicles the growth of urban farming, growing significant amounts of food in cities. What's unique about this piece is its focus on

Balancing a Job with Farm Life
It's July, and there's too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I know I'm not alone! I work full-time as a freelance writer, and when the work day is

The New Generation of Farmers
Small-scale farming gets more coverage every day, this time in The USA Today. This piece focuses on two interesting points about the small farming movement:

Eat Your Weeds!
With all this rain, my garden is completely overrun with weeds. I was pretty excited, though, to find out that most of the weeds are edible - and delicious!

Drowning in Produce? Sell It at the Market
Even if you've only been growing for your family, you may find yourself in midsummer with an overload of eggs, zucchini, lettuce, even elderflower syrup,

Got Eggs?
This is our year off from new chicks, but I know that many folks who got chicks this spring are gearing up for egg production now or within a month or two. If

Getting Started in Farming
Often it can be overwhelming to know just where to start with your farm. A business plan is a good place to begin, if you're planning to earn any income with

Are You Affected by Late Blight?
Late blight, the fungal disease of potatoes and tomatoes responsible for the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, is sweeping across the US this year. Here in New

HR 2479 - What Does It Mean for the Small Farmer?
By now you've probably heard that HR 2479, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, passed in the House by a vote of 283-142, on July 29th. The Senate will

Zen and the Art of Processing Meat
If you've been farming for any length of time and are not an avowed vegetarian or vegetable-farming vegan, you've probably bumped up against the issue of

When Less Is More
I've been reading The Power of Less by Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, this week, and reevaluating all my farm projects in light of his mantra: Do Less. Get More

Barter is Booming
With everyone strapped for cash, bartering - simply trading goods or services you have for those you want - has been on a steady upswing. Bartering and

Wordless Wednesday - Tomatoes
Photo © Valerie Rose

Get Your Hens Ready for Winter
Now's the time to start thinking about that chicken coop and how the girls are going to like it when they stay in it 24/7, with no fresh grass and bugs to

It's Elderberry Season
I feel lucky that when I bought this land, it came with three established elderberry bushes. When we first moved in, I wasn't quite sure what they were (it

Using an Almanac
The newest editions of the United States' two most popular almanacs, The Old Farmer's Almanac and Farmers' Almanac, are published every September, so the fresh

Sell to Local Restaurants
Do you sell your food to local restaurants? If not, it's definitely something to start thinking about. With a growing awareness of local food, many restaurants

More Cows Not Always a Good Thing
The dairy industry has been in crisis for quite a while, but this piece in the New York Times highlights some of the downsides of ever-increasing levels of

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
The USDA recently launched a new initiative - Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. Its aim is to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional

Hobby Farming Gains Popularity
The Associated Press reported last week that more Americans are starting small-scale and hobby farms. Farms under 50 acres grew 15 percent last year according

Stacking Wood
Do you heat your home with wood? Wood heat can be an economical way to heat your house, and for many of us striving to be more self-sufficient, wood is the only

Wordless Wednesday - Billy Goat Visitor
Photo © Lauren Ware

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

Embrace the Cycle
It can be tempting to start farming without realizing what you're getting into. A few chickens, maybe some ducks, even a goat or a couple of sheep - it's all

Poultry Protection
As I was driving down the road this morning, I saw a massive red-shouldered hawk take flight and powerfully flap its wings as it flew along the road ahead of me

Wordless Wednesday: Hawk
Photo © Flickr user brad.schram

If I Could Turn Back Time...
Have you ever thought back on your years of homesteading or farming and considered what you would have done differently, knowing what you know now? Or do you

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

National Farm-City Week is Underway
The National Farm-City Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking urban dwellers and farm families. With a grassroots, educational focus, National

Last-chance Garlic
I know it's a bit late for some of us northern gardeners, but if your soil hasn't frozen yet, you can still get some cloves of garlic in the ground this fall

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Trees
  Photo © Flickr user busymommy.

What's an Heirloom, Anyway?
Vegetables are sometimes referred to as heirloom or heirloom variety. This basically means that it is a variety of vegetable that was grown before

Still Shopping for the Farmer on Your List?
Did you wait until the last minute again? Well, never fear. Here are some great holiday gift ideas for your favorite farmer. Think functional. Tools,

Locking Season
November and December are sometimes called locking season here in the North - the time to put things away, cover the wood pile, put the snow tires on the car,

Learn More This Winter
As winter blankets much of the United States and the active farming season winds down for many of us, it's a great time to brush up on some skills, learn

Magazines for Winter Reading
Curling up by the fire with the post-Christmas relaxing going on full force? How about some great magazine recommendations to keep you busy? Most of the small

Happy New Year!
Well, it's a new year and a new decade. Did you make some resolutions? What new projects are you planning for your farm this year? New crops, new livestock, or

2010 Goals: Make It Happen
So, you've set your goals - now to get the ball rolling, right? Here's some info to get you started. Each goal is linked to information on how to achieve it.

Choosing Chickens
The hatchery catalogs are arriving in the mail here. Did you get yours yet? And with poring over catalogs comes - choosing breeds! How to know which ones to

Planning Your Season
I always plant too much. It's some kind of sickness. I plant like I'm feeding my entire town of 170 people. Of course, my soil still needs improvement, so my

Get Ready for Sugaring Season
It's getting close to time to tap the maple trees and gather their prolific sap, boiling it down into delicious maple syrup. Whether you're using lines or

Help Bring Food to Haiti
Food First is an organization committed to bringing much-needed food to Haiti. They're working with farmers in other areas of Haiti to get food to people in

Grow a White House Garden
Not a fan of poring over seed packets? Just want to grow the easy basics while you focus on breeding livestock or beekeeping? Or do you want to be just

USDA Drops NAIS Animal ID Program
Are you breathing a little sigh of relief, knowing that you don't have to worry (anytime terribly soon) about barcodes on your beeves or ID tags on your

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Chicks
Photo © Lauren Ware

Beginning Farmer Program Is - Beginning!
The USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is getting under way. More than $18 million is being made available for programs for beginning

Cool New Idea: Crop Mob
The Crop Mob is a group of folks who show up at various farms in the North Carolina area and help with farm activities. Sort of a Web 2.0 version of barn

Urban Beekeeping Takes Flight
Have you been dreaming of keeping bees but thwarted by the fact that you live in New York City? Well, rejoice, because NYC's Board of Health just lifted a

Can Food Save a Town?
Right here in my very own backyard, something extremely cool has been going on. We're so lucky to live in an area with a wide array of fairly new

Farming Tasks for April
Are you planning your month today? Things are really picking up steam and the busy season is almost here. Here are some tasks to make sure you put on your list

Wordless Wednesday: Silkie
Photo © Cindy Heir.

Build a Better Brooder
Are your chicks arriving any day? Scrambling (pardon the pun) for a brooder setup for their first few weeks? It's easy to set up once you think outside the

Chicken Breed Choices
When it comes to raising chickens, there are so many choices it can be mind-boggling! The first thing the small farmer must consider is the purpose of the

Farmers Markets, Emphasis on "Farmers"
Are you gearing up to sell at a farmers market this season? What do you think about the presence of resellers who purchase wholesale produce to resell at the

Home Sweet Homestead
Are you more of a homesteader than a farmer? Is your focus becoming self-sufficient rather than reaping in the profits at the market (ha! a little farm humor

This Land Is...The Government's Land?
A family dairy farm in Rainville, Vermont may lose their land to the federal government in the name of protecting the US-Canada border. The Rainville family,

Pasture Perfect
If you have even a small number of acres, you can pasture poultry. If you have a little bit more, you can pasture sheep, goats, and cows. Many people feel

No Raw Milk for Wisconsin
A Wisconsin senate bill that would have legalized direct farm-to-consumer raw milk sales was vetoed by the governor yesterday. Gov. Jim Doyle cited public

Small Farms - Not Growing After All?
Food activist, author and professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Marion Nestle wonders in a recent post at The Atlantic

Strawberry-licious
It's strawberry season in many parts of the country, and if your mouth is watering at the sight of endless flats of berries, or if you're enjoying the local

Raw Milk Debates Rage On
An op-ed in The New York Times the other day discusses the protests going on in Wisconsin after the Raw Milk Act, which would allow sales of raw milk in the

Reality Farm TV?
Tomorrow night on Planet Green, a new kind of reality TV show will debut. It's called The Fabulous Beekman Boys. The boys are Josh and Brent, two city

Moon Phase Planting
Wondering about planting by the moon? What all those biodynamic farmers are talking about when they say they're spraying a preparation onto their crops or

Organic Farming: Actually Better Than Conventional?
Nature published a new study that shows that organic methods result in better pest control and larger plants than conventional methods when it comes to

The Buzz About Bees
A few months ago, New York City lifted its ban on beekeeping, removing them from the rosters of venomous insects in the Health Code's register. The New York

Making a Living at Farming
A recent article by Heather Rogers in The American Prospect brings up some really big issues surrounding small-scale, local farmers - even in an age of

Growing High-end Produce for Chefs
The New York Times recently ran an article on a new phenomenon: farmers who provide chefs with unusual, heirloom, and specialty vegetables for their culinary

Farming Fanatics
The Boston Globe reports an uptick in farming-related endeavors in Massachusetts in the past few years, citing figures from the US Department of Agriculture

Show and Tell: Chicken Coops
That's the coop my husband and I built for our chickens last summer. It was a fun and fairly easy project that was easy on the budget, too. Have you

Artichokes in New England? Why Not?
They're not just produce from California anymore. Vermont growers are taking interest in trying to grow crops not typically associated with the cool, short

The Peace Corps Needs You
Looking for a change of pace? The Peace Corps is seeking volunteers with agricultural experience to serve as technical agricultural specialists in developing

A Kinder, Gentler Veal
Veal has earned a reputation as a particularly inhumane meat: formula-fed calves raised confined to crates too small for them to turn around in. But that

Do-It-Yourself Projects for Fall
Fall is a great time to sneak in a few projects before the winter weather hits! My list is about a mile long, and I'm sure I'll only get to a third of it,

It's Not Easy Being Bees
Newly-named 2010 MacArthur Fellow Marla Spivak knows something about the tough times honeybees have been going through. She's an entomologist whose work

Supermarket Farmers Markets?!?
File this under What's Next? - supermarkets are now advertising themselves as farmers markets. How, exactly? They're setting up displays of produce and

Wordless Wednesday: Pressing Cider
Photo © Lauren Ware

Urban Chicken Revolution
Chickens In The Yard (C.I.T.Y.) of Salem, Oregon has a mission: to promote the legalization of  backyard chicken-keeping in cities around the country.

Anti-Flu Tincture
Elderberries are a great herbal ally for warding off flu, colds and other viruses. Make some elderberry tincture -- it's easy and even, I daresay, fun! Take the

Underground Dog Fences
We just finished expanding the boundary for our dog's SportDOG In-Ground Fence system. These fences work by transmitting a radio frequency (RF) along a

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

The 2012 Farm Bill: What's It Mean For You?
The 2012 Farm Bill is arguably the most important work of the next Congress - for farmers, at least. Its scope is massive and it can be hard to understand

The Gritty Underside of Urban Farming
I found this post over at The Stir: Urban Farming Horrors! 5 Dirty Backyard Chicken Secrets. It gave me a good laugh - but it's also a very apt reminder, if

Urban Farming Revival in New Orleans
This blog post by Tracie McMillan for The Atlantic talks about the upsurge in urban farming, thanks at least in part to the New Orleans Food and Farm Network.

Disappearing Apples?
What? You heard right. Heirloom apples are in danger of extinction, reports Slow Food USA. Just eleven apple varieties make up more than 90 percent of the

Food Safety Bill Passes Senate
Today, the Senate passed the massive Food Safety Modernization Act, giving the FDA broad powers to police potentially unsafe foods before large-scale outbreaks

It's Not Too Early to Order Your Bees
January is traditionally the time to order honey bees for spring hives, but many bee suppliers are taking orders now! Some are already sold out of certain

Grow Some Sprouts
It is so cold and dismal outside here! The days are almost at the shortest point, the Winter Solstice. Everything is white. It was 2 below zero this morning

Give a Gift to the Farmer on Your List
Stumped as to what to get the farmer on your list? A baby animal is always a great idea - well, maybe not! Be careful with gifting livestock unless you know for

Farming, Cooking and the Rural Experience
Sterling College, near in location and dear to my heart as a center of sustainable farming, local food and educational goodness, is offering a new curricular

Canning Rocks!
Canning Across America is a great resource for canning and preserving food. According to their website, the group is a nationwide, ad hoc collective of

New Year, New Goals
A shiny new year - a great time to assess where you are, where you want to go, and if you're not living it yet - time to plan your small farm dream. What

Let There Be Light!
If your hens have mysteriously stopped laying, especially if you live in a northern area, the culprit just might be a lack of light. Hens' pituitary glands

Join the Campaign for a Healthy Farm Bill
Healthy Food Action has set up a campaign for a Healthy Farm Bill. You can add your name to the list if you support their charter. The $300 billion Farm Bill is

Organic Milk Beats Conventional
A new study freshly published in the Journal of Dairy Science compared milk from organically-raised cows to milk from cows raised in a conventional way, and

Pick New Chicks
Have you gotten a hatchery catalog (or two, or three) in the mail yet? I have. I'm already trying to decide what new layers I want to add to the flock this

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

Wordless Wednesday: Seeds
Okay, a few words: it's time to order seeds! Yay!

New Farmer Realities
It's all too easy to have a rosy outlook of the future when you begin farming. You're doing what you love - the money will follow, right? Isn't that what

Got Sugaring Supplies?
In some parts of the country, sugaring time is upon us. Here in New England we flirted briefly with warm daytime temps and frosty nights before plunging

Come Share Spring Plans
What are you growing this spring? Are you adding new animals, new equipment, or building new housing for animals? This year our plans include new laying

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds
If you don't yet have a mailbox overflowing with seed catalogs, this is going to save you. Because it's definitely time to get ordering! Whether you need

Time to Order Chicks
If you haven't placed an order for baby chicks yet (like me!), you'll want to get moving. Ship dates for online hatcheries are filling up quickly. You can

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz...
If you haven't ordered bees already, get going! Package bees from online suppliers are selling out quickly, but you can still get some. I've compiled a list

Bloom Where You're Planted
Who says you need to live in the country to farm? Some folks are taking the adage, Bloom where you're planted, to heart, as this article in the Christian

Wordless Wednesday: Starts
What plants have you started already?

Bittman: Farming Now "Hip"
I read Mark Bittman's post on the Opinionator blog at The New York Times today and enjoyed his positive take on the changes in our food landscape, as he

What's Cuter Than Cute?
Baby chicks. They're just adorable. It's so much fun to raise chickens from day-old baby chicks. If you're thinking about starting a flock this spring, read

The Cost of Good Food
I found this blog post by Bob Comis at grist.org and it resonated with me. Comis presents a very real and vexing problem facing the small farmer: how to

Where's the Meat?
One of the biggest challenges facing any community trying to create a local food system is the bottleneck created by a lack of slaughterhouse facilities.

Eggs For Sale
A new startup called Eggzy looks like a neat tool for farmers and consumers who care about where their eggs come from. They aim to create an interactive

A Little Farm Humor
I laughed out loud when I read this blog post by Sharon Astyk, blogger at Casaubon's Book, and small farmer. Her Realistic Farm Tour hits home for me, for sure!

What Is a Small Farm?
Someone asked me on Twitter, what determines a small farm? As I collected information for him, I realized that there are many definitions of a small farm,

Brewing Up Goodness
Kombucha tea is a delicious, healthful fermented drink. It's made by brewing tea, adding sugar, and a kombucha mushroom, also called a scoby.Time and the

Poop, Glorious Poop
What's a farm without poop, after all? Not much at all. Manure is what closes the loop, completes the cycle. We all need to compost in order to have a truly

Wordless Wednesday: Chicken Whisperer
Chickens + children = FUN!

Get a Grant for a High Tunnel
The NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service - has a program in place to provide high tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, to farmers to extend the

Process Your Birds on the Farm
I thought I might scare away too many readers if I put slaughter or butcher in the blog post title, but this is a site about farming, after all. Most

The Hard Lessons
I found this article in the Burlington Free Press by Melissa Pasanen really interesting. Sterling College, in Craftsbury, Vermont, offers degrees in

Rooftop Greenhouses
A new farming model is emerging in cities, it seems. Because sure, a rooftop garden is fantastic - but in Montreal? You're stuck with a short growing season due

Bring Your Products to Market
Bring Your Products to Market

Farm Stays
Farm Stays

Gifts for a Father Who Farms
Gifts for a Father Who Farms

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

USDA Value-Added Grants Now Open
USDA Value-Added Grants Now Open

CSAs in Alaska
CSAs in Alaska

Grass Fed Dairy Gets a Boost
Grass Fed Dairy Gets a Boost

Link Love: Food for Thought
Link Love: Food for Thought

Defending Organic Farming
Defending Organic Farming

Farm School for Women
Farm School for Women

Organic Poultry Farms Cleaner Than Conventional
Organic Poultry Farms Cleaner Than Conventional

Requeening a Beehive
Requeening a Beehive

Inspecting a Beehive
Inspecting a Beehive

Photo of the Week: Tractor
Photo of the Week: Tractor

Photo of the Week: Bear Attack
Photo of the Week: Bear Attack

Combining Beehives
Combining Beehives

Photo of the Week: Peak
Photo of the Week: Peak

Photo of the Week: Farm Breakfast
Photo of the Week: Farm Breakfast

Elderberry-licious!
Elderberry-licious!

Protecting Bees from Bears
Protecting Bees from Bears

Raising Baby Chicks Right
Raising Baby Chicks Right

Extend the Season
Extend the Season

Benefits of Bartering
Benefits of Bartering

Raising Chickens for Meat
Raising Chickens for Meat

Help for Young Farmers
Help for Young Farmers

Got Eggs? Make a Frittata
Got Eggs? Make a Frittata

Think Different: Warré Hives
Think Different: Warré Hives

Selling Chicken Eggs
Selling Chicken Eggs

Specialty Crops on the Small Farm
Specialty Crops on the Small Farm

Fresh, Delicious Microgreens
Fresh, Delicious Microgreens

Fizz Up Your Kombucha
Fizz Up Your Kombucha

Financial Farming Difficulties
Financial Farming Difficulties

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

Turkeys: Raise Your Own
Turkeys: Raise Your Own

Store the Harvest
Store the Harvest

Build a Root Cellar
Build a Root Cellar

Raising Sheep and Goats
Raising Sheep and Goats

Gifts for Farmers
Gifts for Farmers

Tips for Getting Bees Through Winter
Tips for Getting Bees Through Winter

New Farm Book Reviews
New Farm Book Reviews

Start Your Hobby Farm
Start Your Hobby Farm

Fencing on the Farm
Fencing on the Farm

Training Farm Dogs
Training Farm Dogs

Feeding and Watering Your Chickens
Feeding and Watering Your Chickens

Raising Turkeys, Part 2
Raising Turkeys, Part 2

Starting a Farm or a Farm-based Business?
Starting a Farm or a Farm-based Business?

Making Maple Syrup
Making Maple Syrup

Baby Chicks This Spring
Baby Chicks This Spring

Feeding Bees in the Spring
Feeding Bees in the Spring

Start Your Own Seeds
Start Your Own Seeds

Raised Beds for Farming
Raised Beds for Farming

Growing, Washing and Selling Baby Salad Greens
Growing, Washing and Selling Baby Salad Greens

Marketing Your Farm Products
Marketing Your Farm Products

Is a High Tunnel Right for Your Farm?
Is a High Tunnel Right for Your Farm?

Treats for Your Chickens
Treats for Your Chickens

Making Fermented Foods
Making Fermented Foods

How to Know When to Pick Sweet Corn
How to Know When to Pick Sweet Corn

Plan Now for a Fall Harvest
Plan Now for a Fall Harvest

What Animals Should I Raise?
What Animals Should I Raise?

Getting a Jump on Spring
Getting a Jump on Spring

Nest Boxes for Your Hens
Nest Boxes for Your Hens

How to Freeze Sweet Corn
How to Freeze Sweet Corn

USDA Announces Beginning Farmer Grants
USDA Announces Beginning Farmer Grants

Calendula on the Small Farm
Calendula on the Small Farm

How to Save and Store Seeds
How to Save and Store Seeds

Goats - Fun, Easy Farm Animals
Goats - Fun, Easy Farm Animals

Testing Soil
Testing Soil

Light for Your Chickens?
Light for Your Chickens?

More Goat-Raising Goodness
More Goat-Raising Goodness

New Book: The Weekend Homesteader
New Book: The Weekend Homesteader

Keep Your Farm Animals Healthy
Keep Your Farm Animals Healthy

Gifts for Farmers
Gifts for Farmers

Raising Turkeys on the Small Farm
Raising Turkeys on the Small Farm

Winter Chicken Care
Winter Chicken Care

Start Seeds Soon
Start Seeds Soon

Time to Order Bees!
Time to Order Bees!

Talking Turkey
Talking Turkey

It's Time for Chicks!
It's the classic time of year to begin raising chicks, and you may see signs at your local farm supply store that they have baby chicks in stock right now.

Baby Salad Greens: A Great Small Farm Product
Baby salad greens are a great addition to your small farm. They're very popular with CSA shareholders, as salads are a staple in many households, and more

Start Seeds Now
Starting plants from seed is a skill that any small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer will want to master as soon as possible. And it's easy - although

Building the Chicken Coop
Building the Chicken Coop

Hatch Baby Chicks - The Natural Way
It's springtime -- time for the birds and the bees to make more birds and bees! If you have a broody hen, you may want to break her up, or you may choose to

Feeding Bees
It's a good idea to begin feeding your bees as the spring arrives and temperatures begin to warm, but before the first flowers are blooming. You may need to

Are Sheep or Goats Right for Your Farm?
Are Sheep or Goats Right for Your Farm?

Find Grants for Your Small Farm
Find Grants for Your Small Farm

Starting a Farm Business
Starting a Farm Business

Treat Your Chickens Right
If you just got baby chicks this spring, they may be ready to branch out beyond the chick starter that you've been feeding them. There are lots of extras

The Care and Training of Farm Dogs
The Care and Training of Farm Dogs

Growing Garlic
Growing Garlic

It's Fencing Season
It's Fencing Season

Protect Your Bees From Bears
Protect Your Bees From Bears

Raising Goats
Perhaps you're already overloaded for the season, but if not, consider adding goats to your farm. I've been compiling lots of info on raising goats, and

Feed a Family From the Garden
Are you planning to eat from the garden this year? Do you want to grow enough to last you through winter and into next spring, so that you can really slash your

How to Inspect Your Beehive
If you're new to beekeeping, you might be confused about some of the details of how to inspect your beehive. Maybe you didn't see eggs, or you squished one

Sell at the Farmers Market This Year
Even if you've only been growing for your family, you may find yourself in midsummer with an overload of eggs, zucchini, lettuce, even elderflower syrup,

How to Market Your Small Farm Products
How to Market Your Small Farm Products

Keeping Good Farm Records is Key
Keeping Good Farm Records is Key

Long-term Planning on the Small Farm
As colder weather settles in, you may find yourself thinking ahead to next season. What do you want to accomplish? How do you decide what to get done in one

Harvesting Garlic
If you've been growing garlic on your small farm, it's probably about harvest time! There are some things you must to do prepare your garlic for harvest, and

Growing Ginseng
Is there anyone out there who has tried growing ginseng? It seems that the kind of ginseng most in demand is wild simulated ginseng. This is a very

The Art of Barter
With everyone strapped for cash, bartering - simply trading goods or services you have for those you want - has been on a steady upswing. Bartering and

Late Blight: Know the Signs
Late Blight: Know the Signs

Saving Seeds
Saving Seeds

Store the Harvest in a Root Cellar
Store the Harvest in a Root Cellar

Let's Talk Turkey
Let's Talk Turkey

Raising Sheep and Goats
If you're thinking of adding a new species to your farm, consider sheep. They're docile, relatively small (compared to cows) and can be multi-purpose,

Get Chickens Ready for Winter
Get Chickens Ready for Winter

It's Elderberry Season
Elderberry bushes are easy to grow and maintain and they proliferate - every year they will be bigger and produce more fruit, without you doing a thing.

Winterize Your Farm Equipment
Getting your farm equipment ready for winter needn't be confusing or time-consuming. But it is a necessary farm chore that will make spring go that much

Learn About Permaculture
Perhaps you've just heard the term permaculture. Maybe you know a little about what it is but are curious to know more. Or, perhaps you're already committed to

Farm Needed for Design Make-Over
Do you direct market your products to consumers via a farm stand or other means? Is your farm's website and logo in need of a redesign? Don't even have a logo?

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Small Farms - Homesteading - Small Farm Tips
Learn how to start and maintain your small farm or homestead in the country, suburbs -- even the city. Homesteading, farm animal care, keeping chickens, growing vegetables for food, growing crops, fencing and farm infrastructure, urban and suburban homesteading, and more.

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!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 2.

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 3.

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 4.

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 5.

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 6.

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess! Page 7.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 10.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 2.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 3.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 4.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 5.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 6.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 7.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 8.

How to Slaughter and Butcher Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 9.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 2.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 3.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 4.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 5.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 6.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 7.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial. Page 8.

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.

McMurray Hatchery Review - Review of Chick Supplier Murray McMurray
A review of Murray McMurray hatchery chicks, one of the biggest hatcheries in the United States.

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 Chicken Tractor
Just what is a chicken tractor, anyway? Is it a tractor? No, it's a type of movable chicken coop.

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.

Pullet - Definition of Pullet
What kind of chicken is a pullet, exactly?

Definition of Brooder
What do people mean when they say you need a chick brooder for your new chicks?

Definition of Candling
Wondering what

Definition of Cover Crop
What is a cover crop? Why might you plant one?

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

Scoby - Definition of Scoby
What exactly is a scoby? Small Farms.

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 Queen Bee - Honey Bees
What's a queen bee? 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?

How Much Wood Is in a Cord?
Do you heat with wood? Want to be clear how much wood you're really buying when you buy

Are Eggs From Hens on Pasture More Nutritious?
You know the eggs from your grass-eating, pastured hens taste better, but are they really better for you than supermarket eggs?

Is It Safe to Order Baby Chicks at an Online Hatchery?
Are you wondering if your precious new baby chicks will survive shipping from an online hatchery? I will address common concerns about shipping baby chicks.

I Live in a City. Can I Keep Chickens?
Do you live in the city, suburbs or an urban area? Wondering if you can keep chickens, or have a rooster?

Sustainable Agriculture - What Is Sustainable Agriculture
Definition of

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?