Notes on starting a small farm

Thinking out loud is what you’ll find here, along with some handy links and reference material.  If you’ve thought about starting your own small farm you may find the links handy. 

Cornell has started a Small Farms Program for New York.  There’s an upcoming goat and sheep symposium  next week at Morrison Hall.  Recently they posted a Guide to Farming in NYS which is aimed at newbies like me.

Find your own cooperative extension for information and cheap or even free plants and trees!

Agricultural Building Plans need to add a shed or hay loft?  Here’s how to do it.  No need to pay an architect and this way you’ll be sure to build it right.  Just bring the plans to the building department if required so they can look for discrepancies with local codes. is an online community aimed at helping you learn via other people’s experiences.  I’ve already learned a lot on there, maybe you will too.

Making Maple Syrup has pictures and is quite thorough.

All about horses caring for them, selecting the right ones, etc.

MotherEarth News a site I will be spending much time on as it covers organic gardening, sustainable practices and much more.

JustFood Farming in NYC, yes it can be done.

ArboristSite all about trees, jam packed with info.

I’ll be doing updates when I find more information.


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    • pfiore8 on October 18, 2007 at 14:21

    maybe the hard work of a farm would be soul-saving right now

    happiness and peace there, nlob…

    • RiaD on October 18, 2007 at 16:19

    Sounds like you’re well on your way!
    I Sooo envy you…I want so much to get back to the farm! Soon, very soon…

    I wanted to ask if you saw my reply to you?
    We lived on a farm & were somewhat self-sufficient for years. If you’d like to e me about anything, feel free.

    Great Heaps of luck & fortitude to You!

  1. link. Here our some more homesteading links.

  2. biodynamic farm is my dream, but as a city born and raised guy, I don’t know if it’s not a silly dream…Is this something you are working on right now yourself?  If so what was your process?
    Cool diary and cool linx.

    • Tigana on October 18, 2007 at 23:10

    Thank you, notlightnessofbeing. Great links and food for the soul.

  3. Good stuff, notlightness. Feeding the imagination …

  4. Here’s a link to the Aggie’s Horticultural Extension service in Texas.

    You can search by crop and find tons of information on how to grow just about anything down here. Not always organic, but not always chemical driven, either.

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