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Title: the Encyclopedia of country living : an old fashioned recipe book
Author: Carla Emery
Contributors: illustrated by Cindy Davis and David Berger
Published: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books , c1994 fourth printing of ninth edition, 1997

Summary: This book contains much information on country living including, living self-sufficiently, planting gardens, raising animals, and processing home-grown foods.

ISBN: 0912365951
Call Number: 80.13 EME
Subjects: Amaranth , Asparagus , Baking , Bamboo , Beekeeping , Beginning farming , Berries , Blackberries , Blueberries , Brambles , Broccoli , Buckwheat , Butter , Calves , Canning , Cattle, beef , Cattle, dairy , Cheese making , Chickens , Cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) , Cooking, recipes , Corn , Dairy products , Ducks , Eggs , Family life , Farm life , Farm management and decision making , Food processing , Food storage and preservation , Fruits , Fruits, tree , Game birds , Gardening , Geese , Goats , Goats, dairy , Goats, meat , Grains , Grapes , Grasses, warm season , Guinea fowl , Handicrafts , Harvesting , Herbs , Hogs , Homesteading , Honey, bee products , Lamb (meat), mutton , Lambs , Livestock , Meat products , Milk , Millets , Mushrooms , Nut trees , Nuts , Onions , Paw paws , Peaches , Pears , Pest control , Pheasants , Plant propagation , Pork , Postharvest handling of fruits and vegetables , Poultry , Poultry meats , Quail , Rabbits , Raspberries , Seed saving , Seed storing , Seeds , Sheap Shearing , Sheep , Slaughtering methods , Small livestock , Soap making , Soil management , Sorghum , Sustainable agriculture , Tanning hides , Turkeys , Veal production , Vegetable gardening , Vegetables , Vegetables, harvesting and postharvest , Vegetables, storage , Wheat , Wool , Yogurt

Title: Farmers for the future
Author: Dan Looker
Published: Ames : Iowa State University Press , 1996 1st ed.

Summary: This book shows how it is still possible for young people to start farming in rural America, while explaining the difficulties of getting started in farming. It shows the pitfalls to avoid in farm apprenticeship programs, and encourages young people and older farmers to ask hard questions before entering into employment and partnership agreements. It also shows how older farmers younger farmers get established. Real-life examples are provided.

ISBN: 0813823838
Call Number: 82 LOO
Subjects: Beginning farming , Farmer education , Farmers

Title: Five acres and independence
Author: M.G. Kains
Contributors: a handbook for small farm management
Published: New York, NY : Dover Publications , 1973 Revised and Enlarged ed.

Summary: This book will help beginning small-scale farmers evaluate land for its overall economic and specific agricultural production possibilities. Cost calculation methods for draining the land, improving soil, planting wind breaks, installing septic tanks, cellars, irrigation, greenhouses and other improvements are provided along with ways to implement these improvements. There are suggestions for specific crops and livestock, methods to optimize production capacity, continually increase the value of the farm, marketing and measuring investments in improvements.

ISBN: 0486209741
Call Number: 57 KAI
Subjects: Beginning farming , Farm management and decision making , Small farms

Title: Making your small farm profitable
Author: Ron Macher
Published: North Adams , MA : Storey Books , c1999

Summary: This book explains how to exploit lucrative niche markets that others overlook, plan for optimal farm efficiency, determine equipment requirements and estimate machinery costs, compare costs against profit for common vegetables and livestock, and sell products in many different ways. There are major sections on getting started, principles of farming, planning and marketing, and management.

ISBN: 1580171613
Call Number: 82 MAC
Subjects: Alternative enterprises , Beginning farming , Farm management and decision making , Marketing , Small farms

Title: A practical guide for the beginning farmer
Author: Herbert Jacobs
Published: New York, NY : Dover Publications , 1978 Dover ed.

Summary: This book is intended for absolute beginners, avoids use of technical terms, provides basic information needed to begin farming, and, wherever possible, the easiest ways to farm. The beginning of the book discusses farm life, how the family fits in, the importance of specializing, and what are the best things to do each time of the year to maintain farm profitability. Farm topics include cattle, pigs, sheep, poultry, garden, cash crops, truck farming, orchard, woodlot, and beekeeping. The final section covers how to choose land and locale, raise money, figure taxes, and the minimum required tools and machinery.

ISBN: 0486236757
Call Number: 82.1 JAC
Subjects: Beginning farming

Title: You can farm : the entrepreneur's guide to start and succeed in a farm enterprise
Author: Joe Salatin
Second Author:
Published: Swoope, VA : Polyface Inc. , c1998 1st ed.

Summary: This book is especially intended for those who are thinking about starting a full-time farming enterprise. Major sections include developing a vision and advocacy for alternative agriculture, assessing ideas for farm enterprises, first steps such as acquiring land and necessities for production, developing a farming model, and marketing.

ISBN: 0963810928
Call Number: 82.1 SAL
Subjects: Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Alternative enterprises , Beginning farming , Entrepreneurship


Title: Alternative enterprises : regional perspective
Author: David W. Gross
Contributors: Editors, William N. Grafton, Anthony Ferrise
Published: Morgantown, WV : West Virginia University Extension Service , 1990?
Series: Natural resources management and income opportunity series

Summary: Drawing on the work of the Farming Alternatives Project at Cornell University, the paper in this publication explores how one goes about answering important questions that need to be resolved when forming an alternative farming enterprise. R.D. issue no. 748.

Call Number: 82.1 GRO
Subjects: Alternative enterprises , Beginning farming

Title: Alternative financial/organizational structures of farm and agribusiness firms
Author: Michael Boehlje
Second Author: David Lins
Published: Lafayette, IN : Cooperative Extension Service/Purdue University, Media Distribution Center , April 1995

Summary: This North Central Region Extension Publication describes the the range of options for organizing a financing a business, including criteria for choosing a particular business structure, legal organization, discussion of different business arrangements (contract production, joint ventures etc.), leasing, equity capital and debt capital.

Call Number: 82.21 BOE
Subjects: Agribusiness , Beginning farming , Entrepreneurship , Farm management and decision making , Finance , Management , New business management , New businesses planning

Title: Expolring the small farm dream : is starting an agricultural business right for you?
Author: Kathryn Hayes
Second Author: Eric Toensmeier, Michelle Wiggins, and Judith Gillian
Published: Belchertown, MA : New England Small Farm Institute , 2002 1

Summary: This workbook,based on the North East Small Farm Institute's course of the same name, will help you to understand the realities of self-employment; assess current skills and available resources; preform market research to determine business concept potential; decided whether or not to farm as a business; and create a personal action plan to guide next steps.

Call Number: 83.5 HAY
Subjects: Agribusiness , Beginning farming , Small farms

Title: Getting established in farmingpart V : business management for farmers
Author: Kenneth H. Thomas
Contributors: North Central Region cooperative extension
Published: Ames, IA : Iowa State University , c2002
Series: getting established in farming part V

Summary: Establishing a farm business on your own or with a partner.

Call Number: 82.1 THO
Subjects: Beginning farming , New businesses planning

Title: Getting started in farming : part-time or small farms
Contributors: H.E. Workman, D. Schneeberger, D. Trott
Published: Columbia, MO : University of Missouri , 1979
Series: North Central regional extension publication 83

Summary: This booklet is intended to help families decide if they should try part-time farming, how to select a farm, and how to organize and operate a farm.

Call Number: 82.3 GET
Subjects: Beginning farming , Family farms , Farm management and decision making , Part-time farming , Small farms

Title: Profitable pratices and strategies for a new generation
Published: Lincoln, NE : Center for Rural Affairs for the North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability , 2002

Summary: case studies prepared by the Center for Rural Affairs for the North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability

Call Number: 50.9 PRO
Subjects: Alternative agriculture , Alternative field crops , Beef , Beginning farming , Cattle , Cattle, beef , Cattle, dairy , Cooperatives and cooperation , Dairy production , Family farms , Family life , Hogs , Pork

Title: Rebirth of the small family farm : a handbook for starting a successful organic farm based on the concept of community supported agriculture
Author: Bob Gregson
Second Author: Bonnie Gregson
Published: Vashon Island, WA : IMF Associates , c1996 1st ed.

Summary: The authors share their experiences in the creation and operation of Island Meadow Farm outside of Seattle, including a description and function of the farm, start-up requirements, key factors to success, equipment and supplies, setting up on the land, marketing strategy, crop selection and planning, starting plants, and operating a subscription farm.

ISBN: 0965223302
Call Number: 85.1 GRE
Subjects: Beginning farming , Community supported agriculture (CSA) , Farm life , Organic farming , Quality of life , Small farms

Title: Starting your small farm
Published: Fairfield, ID : Center for Small Acreage Farming , c1996
Series: Decision guide series #1

Summary: This first guide of the series provides an overview of several preliminary considerations related to small acreage farming.

Call Number: 82.2 STA
Subjects: Beginning farming , Small farms


Whole-Farm Planning for Economic and Environmental Sustainability (Kansas State University)
What Can I Do with my Small Farm? (Oregon State University)
USDA Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer Loan Programs (Center for Rural Affairs)
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business (Penn State University)
So You Want to be a Farmer (Canadian Farm Business Management Council)
Small Farm Decision-Making & Enterprise Planning Workbook (North Carolina A&T University)
A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers in Oklahoma (Oklahoma State University)
Resources for Beginning Farmers: Building a Sustainable Future (MISA)
A Primer for Selecting New Enterprises for Your Farm (University of Kentucky)
Moving to the Country (Oklahoma State University)
Market Gardening: A Start-up Guide (ATTRA)
A Market-Driven Enterprise Screening Guide (University of California-Davis)
Livestock for Small Acreage Landowners (Texas A&M)
Guide to Evaluating and Choosing a Natural Resource-Based Enterprise (University of Maryland)
Getting Started in Farming Via the Home Farm (North Central Region Publication)
Getting Started in Farming: So You Have Inherited a Farm (North Central Region Publication)
Getting Started in Farming: Part-time or Small Farms (North Central Region Publication)
Getting Started in Farming: Mostly on Your Own (North Central Region Publication)
Finding the Niche: Case Studies of the Beginning Small-Scale Farmers (Wisconsin Rural Development Center)
Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland (ATTRA)
Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide (NRCS)
Family Business Meetings (Kansas Rural Center)
Evaluating a Rural Enterprise (ATTRA)
Does the Family Farm Really Matter? (University of Missouri)
Developing a Mission Statement for Your Farm (Kansas Rural Center)
Considerations In Enterprise Selection (University of California-Davis)
Beginning Farmer Progress Tracking (Northeast Organic Farming Association)
Agriculture Diversification Compass (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

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