Small Farms: Most Popular Articles
Ready to raise your own chickens on your small farm for delicious eggs, meat, or just for pets? Everything you need to know to raise and keep chickens on your small farm or homestead is right here.
Move toward greater self-sufficiency when you make your own chicken or other poultry feed on your small farm or homestead. This will get you started toward a custom mix that meets your needs for chicken feed and keeps your hens healthy.
With these handy tips, your laying hens will be happy and warm all winter long.
How to design a small farm or homestead. Planning the first year on your small farm. Deciding what animals to keep, what crops and vegetables to plant, and how to arrange buildings and gardens. Making a plan for the future.
Are your chickens laying so many eggs you don't know what to do with them? Learn how to properly collect, clean and store your laying hens' eggs.
Ready to raise your own chickens for meat? Learn everything you need to know about how to raise meat birds from fluffy chicks to slaughtering and processing time.
Ready to place your order for baby chicks for your small farm or homestead? Here's a list of the best places to order baby chicks, turkeys, ducks, geese, keets, and other poultry online.
Do your chickens lay their eggs everywhere but in the nest boxes? These tips will have you collecting fresh, clean eggs out of the nest boxes in no time.
Learn all about how to clean your chicken eggs so that they are safe and healthy for eating and selling to consumers.
Raising sheep and lambs can be intimidating when you don't know where to begin. Learn the basics here so you can have happy, healthy ewes, rams and lambs.
Building a root cellar doesn't have to involve a backhoe. Learn some simple ways to store vegetables and crops for winter, and some guidelines for going big and digging one out of the earth.
You may want to start a small farm business and be wondering where to begin. Let me guide you step by step through the process of starting your small farm business.
I'll give you the scoop on roosters and hens. The short answer: you don't need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs. But, there's more to it than that.
Learn how to sell chickens on your small farm - start a great, profitable and fun chicken broiler business.
Learn how to raise heritage or standard turkeys from day-old poults into delicious birds for the table - or as pets. From feeding and watering to how to range them, you'll find out everything you need to know about raising turkeys.
Preparing your land for crops, pasture, or animals is critical to success as a small farmer. With the proper preparation, veggies and animals will thrive and flourish. If you skimp here, you may end up with more maintenance later on – repairing downed fences, desperately weeding an overgrown garden, or scrambling to get water to animals in the winter. So take the time to learn a bit about what’s needed to prepare your land. You’ll find it’s well worth the time and effort up front.
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat.
Proper goat nutrition is key to keeping healthy, happy goats on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Learn all the basics of feeding goats properly.
Bees for sale! Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs to buy package bees or nucs? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.
If you're ready to start beekeeping, you've come to the right place. Learn how to set up your hive, when to harvest the honey, and what supplies you really need to keep honeybees.
Learn how to build a simple chicken tractor or movable coop for your laying hens' needs. What are the essential elements of a design?
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.
Take delicious homemade kombucha and add carbonation, fizziness and flavors like raspberry, elderberry, ginger, lemon-ginger and more.
Want to raise baby chicks on your small farm or homestead? Learn how to take care of and raise happy chickens.
If it's wintertime, your chicken eggs might have frozen. Can you still use them?
Ready to bring those baby chicks home, but need to build or buy them a chicken coop before they feather in? Never fear. I will help you figure out what you need to know so you can give your chicks a healthy, durable home.
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?
Considering building your own chicken coop? These tips will help you create a chicken coop that will last for many years and keep your laying hens safe and happy.
Learn how to grow and harvest dry beans. Covers planting time, spacing, growing notes, pests and problems, maintenance, harvesting, seed saving, storage and preservation.
A recipe for delicious elderberry jelly you can make on your small farm or homestead.
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.
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.
Learn how to choose the best breeds of goats to raise for meat production on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
It's getting chilly outside. But that doesn't have to mean frozen combs and wattles, painful toes, and unhappy hens. Keeping chickens happy through the winter just takes a little bit of extra attention.
Learn the basics of providing shelter and fencing for your small farm goat operation. Whether you're raising meat goats or dairy, you'll learn how to keep your herd safe from predators and your property safe from them.
Overwhelmed at the thought of writing your small farm business plan? Not sure where to start? Learn the basic components to a small farm business plan so you can start writing one for your farm. Take it one step at a time!
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.
These tips will get you started on your hobby farm.
A recipe for delicious and healthy elderberry syrup you can make on your small farm or homestead.
Livestock Guardian Dogs on the Small Farm
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!
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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
Learn how to harvest, prep and freeze corn in bulk, a handy skill for any small farmer who grows corn.
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.
Keeping a small laying flock of chickens is fairly easy, but not entirely free of problems. Here you will learn about the common problems you may encounter with chickens on your small farm or homestead.
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.
Torn between Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds? Wondering just what a
If you know how to raise goats, they can make a great addition to the small farm or homestead. The basics are here to help you get started.
If you want to hatch chicks naturally with a broody hen from your own flock, these tips will help you maximize your success.
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.
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.
Learn how to sell your homegrown, pastured chicken eggs from your small farm or homestead.
Learn how to save seed - and save money, choose your own varieties, and make your farm more sustainable.
Wondering whether raising meat goats is right for your small farm, homestead or hobby farm? Learn the basics of raising goats for meat to help you decide.
Wondering what are the five easiest animals for the beginning small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer? Here are my choices.
Learn how to start an egg business on your small farm.
Can't decide which type of hive is best for your backyard beekeeping operation? We'll demystify the types of beehives and help you figure it out.
Learn how to prepare the soil to grow the biggest, best, most tasty garlic ever on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
Learn about the different types of poultry and chicken feed and when to use which one: chick starter, broiler rations, layer pellets and more.
Many people successfully live in the city or suburbs and have a small flock of laying hens. These tips will keep your neighbors happy and avoid fines.
You don't always need an incubator to hatch chicken eggs. Some hens take to the task of hatching baby chicks naturally, going broody on a clutch of eggs that you or she collects.
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.
This list of recommended books for small farms and homesteads makes a great start to your library.
Once you've decided to keep chickens, you need to pick from over a hundred possible chicken breeds to find the one that is right for your farm or homestead's needs. This handy list will help you pick a dual-purpose breed that is a good fit.
Have some elderberry bushes just overflowing with ripe, yummy-looking elderberries? These recipes will give you plenty to do with these healthful, tasty berries.
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.
These are the basic considerations for building your own chicken coop.
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.
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.
Swimming in eggs? Learn how to make a delicious egg frittata with any ingredients you may have on hand.
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.
Learn the steps so you can slaughter and process your own heritage turkeys on your small farm or homestead, whether for your small farm business or just for the Thanksgiving table.
Learn how to build a great turkey house, turkey coop, or movable turkey shelter and how to fence turkeys to protect them from predators.
Before your chicks arrive in the mail, make sure you have all the supplies you will need for them.
Learn how to raise healthy, happy turkeys from day-old poults (baby turkeys).
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.
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.
If you're raising turkeys, figure out what are the best feeders and waterers are and what feed to use to get the biggest, healthiest turkeys.
Chickens don't need much to keep them happy and healthy. Learn what you need to buy to get started keeping chickens.
Ready to buy land for your dream homestead, small farm, or hobby farm? Learn how to find the land that is right for you.
Pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, emu - it all seems overwhelming! How can you decide what you want to raise on your farm?
Learn what you need to do to keep your bees healthy and happy through the seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter beekeeping tasks.
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.
Laying hens in small farm chicken flocks can sometimes go broody, sitting on eggs for days or weeks, even if the eggs are not fertilized. Learn what to do to encourage or discourage broodiness in your laying flock.
Learn what you need to consider when deciding whether to keep bees in the city, country, on a small farm or homestead.
Your animals are all settled in, your garden is producing well, and you’re already thinking about next season’s improvements. But of course, you still need to maintain what you already have. With a little bit of attention and care, you can keep your farm infrastructure well-maintained and functioning smoothly.
Learn how to buy a goat or goats for your herd on the small farm, homestead, or hobby farm. Getting started with keeping goats begins with getting your first goat!
Keep your chickens safe from predators like weasels, raccoons, and even neighborhood dogs, in a predator-proof chicken coop.
Started keeping your own honeybees? Here are some benefits of honey as well as some yummy recipes and ideas for using it.
A collection of some of the best magazines about small farming, homesteading and self-sufficiency out there.
Use these tips if you're a beekeeper who wants to help your bees survive the long, cold winter.
This list of supplies you'll need for your baby chicks will get them off to a great start.
Raising baby chicks doesn't have to inspire fear - with this guide you will get your baby chicks off to a great start.
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.
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.
Learn the basics of keeping dairy goats for milk on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Is keeping milk goats right for you?
Learn about the different types of chicken waterers and how to water your chickens or laying flock on the small farm or homestead. Keep water from freezing in winter and keep your hens' water clean and fresh.
Trying to decide what breed of turkey to raise on your small farm? Learn the most common heritage breeds and the pros and cons of each one to help you choose.
Learn about five of the best cover crops you can pick for your small farm or homestead: how to grow them, when to plant them, and more.
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.
What do chickens eat? What kind of chicken feed do I need to get for them? What table scraps can they eat? If you're a small farmer or homesteader just getting started with keeping chickens, this will help you feed them right.
Chickens lay eggs, but sometimes those eggs are extra-large, super-tiny or otherwise weird. Are these egg-laying problems?
In beekeeping it is sometimes necessary to combine hives. Learn when and why to combine colonies or hives, and how to combine beehives in the right way.
Learn how to make calendula oil - for salves, lip balm, and lotions - on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.
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.
Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs bees? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.
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.
Learn, step by step, how to build a raised bed to grow plants in. Grow strawberries, tomatoes, or any vegetable in a raised bed.
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.
Learn about the different soil types,how to tell what type of soil you have,and the basics of amending your soil to produce delicious, high-yield crops.
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.
Learn when and how to plant hairy vetch as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.
What kind of chicken is a pullet, exactly?
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.
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.
If you're wondering where and how to market your small farm products, find out the best places: the farmers market, direct farm sales, community supported agriculture or CSA shares, and the Internet.
Learn how, when and why to feed - and not feed - your honey bees.
Learn from those who have done it before and get some tips for starting your own homesteading adventure.
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.
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.
Learn about your Cooperative Extension service, USDA grants and programs that may be available to you, and how to connect with resources in your area.
Learn the five most critical beekeeping supplies for the beginning hobby or small-farm beekeeper.
Here's a list of what you'll need to get started beekeeping!
Learn how to prevent and treat problems and diseases in your turkey flock - including protecting them from predators.
Learn everything you need to know about how to raise pigs on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
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There are many alternative and specialty crops and value-added products you can grow on your small farm. This article lists some possibilities to get you started brainstorming what will work for your farm business.
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.
Ready to start milking goats on your small farm? Learn how to pick a dairy goat breed that meets your farming, homesteading, and hobby farming needs.
If you're starting a beehive this year and you're a beginner, learn what you need for a successful beekeeping operation.
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.
Before you build raised beds, learn why you might want to use them, how many to build, what size to make them, what material to use, and what plants grow well in them.
Here are the top 10 best gifts for the small farmer or homesteader in your life.
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.
All the information you need about the various types of feeders for your beehive and the pros and cons of each one.
Instructions and tips teach you how to grow blueberries on your small farm or homestead.
These tips will help you raise goats on your small farm more easily, efficiently, and enjoyably.
Selling your small farm products directly to food distributors can be a great way to sell in volume and to expand your small farm markets.
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.
Learn how to harvest and dry calendula properly on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.
It can sometimes be necessary to feed bees sugar syrup or sugar candy. Here is a collection of sugar syrup and sugar candy recipes for your honey bees.
CSA or community supported agriculture programs allow small farm customers to buy shares in a farm's entire season, resulting in a weekly box of produce and farm goods. Learn how to start your own CSA on your small farm.
Learn how honeybees take nectar and make it into sweet, delicious honey.
Learn what farm records you need to keep and why: income tax returns, monitoring progress, meeting your small farm business plan, and allowing you to get small farm loans and grants.
Learn the tips and tricks to grow great onions on your small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.
Find out where to buy the beekeeping supplies you need for your new honey bees!
The first step in requeening a hive is knowing when to replace an ailing queen, or how to identify a queenless hive.
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.
Learn the best tips for selling your small farm produce directly to restaurants and chefs.