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Title: Amish agriculture in Iowa : indigenous knowledge for sustainable small-farm systems
Author: Rhonda Lou Yoder
Published: Ames, IA : Technology and Social Change Program, Iowa State University , c1990
Series: Studies in technology and social change no. 15

Summary: The Old Order Amish have been farming in Iowa for 150 years and have developed a very stable farming system and represent a valuable resource for others interested in in stable, sustainable farming systems. This report explores how Amish farmers are similar to other Iowa farmers, how Amish agriculture is unique and why it is resilient, how the social organization of Amish community affects farming practices, and how current agricultural economic realities impact Amish farmers.

ISBN: 0945271247
Call Number: 57 YOD
Subjects: Amish farms , Small farms , Sustainable agriculture

Title: Around the world at Farmers' Market : a guide for small scale commercial grower-vendors of ethnic & heirloom vegetables, fruits, & herbs
Author: Steve Salt
Published: Kirksville , MO : Hagoth Press , 1999

Summary: This book focuses primarily on topics and issues of concern to commercial market gardeners and small farmers, such as farm management, crop selection, raising and harvesting, and marketing of exotic produce. The author explores the ethnic and heirloom vegetables of twelve regions throughout the world, providing information about customer demographics, language and customs, marketing tips, and cuisine.

Call Number: 85 SAL
Subjects: Heirloom varieties , Market gardening , Marketing , Small farms , Specialty crops , Vegetables, ethnic , Vegetables, specialty

Title: Booker T. Whatley's handbook on how to make $100,000 farming 25 acres : with special plans for prospering on 10 to 200 acres
Author: Booker T. Whatley
Contributors: Edited by George DeVault and the editors of The New Farm
Second Author:
Published: Emmaus , PA : Regenerative agriculture , c1987

Summary: The author's plan explains how build a guaranteed market for all your crops, enjoy year round cash flow and full employment, and eliminate middle men. Also covered are where to locate your farm, what to grow and adding value, pest control, and farm equipment information.

ISBN: 0913107093
Call Number: 82.2 WHA
Subjects: Alternative enterprises , Small farms

Title: Country home & small farm handbook : planning a country place
Author: Hollis Lee
Published: New York, NY : Van Nordsrand Reinhold company, inc. , c1978

Summary: This book describes starting a small farm beginning with choosing the land, evaluating existing structures, and making improvements.

ISBN: 0442258070
Call Number: 80.13 LEE
Subjects: Building materials , Farm buildings , Farm equipment , Farmhouses , Fences , Small farms

Title: Family farming : a new economic vision
Author: Marty Strange
Published: Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press ; San Francisco : Institute for Food and Development Policy , c1988

Summary: This book exposes the bias in American farm policies that encourage expansion, challenges the assumption bigger is better, critiques the technological base of modern agriculture, calls for farming practices that are ethical, economical, and ecologically sound, and recommends alternative policies to save the family farm.

ISBN: 0803291949
Call Number: 80 STR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Family farms , Government policy and programs , Small farms

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: Metrofarm : the guide to growing for big profit on a small parcel of land
Author: Michael Olson
Published: Santa Cruz, CA : TS Books , 1994

Summary: Given that small farming operations located in or near cities can be very profitable this book presents the technologies used by space-intensive farmers from around the world, and includes chapter length conversations with successful metrofarmers. Topics include understanding agriculture and agribusiness, developing a metrofarm strategy, surveying the market, evaluating and controlling land, selecting crops, organizing a business, establishing production, and marketing.

ISBN: 0963787608
Call Number: 57 OLS
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative enterprises , Crop production , Farm management and decision making , Land use , Market surveys , Marketing , Marketing direct to consumers , New businesses planning , Small farms

Title: The new organic grower : a master's manual of tools and techniques for the home and market gardener
Author: Eliot Coleman
Published: White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Publishing Company , 1995 Revised and Expanded ed.

Summary: A presentation of the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables, including farm-generated fertility, moveable greenhouses, winter gardens, and pest management. Written for the serious gardener and small market farmer.

ISBN: 093003175X
Call Number: 61.3 COL
Subjects: Organic farming , Organic gardening , Small farms , Truck farms , Vegetable gardening , Vegetables

Title: Organic small farming : the exciting story of scientifically controlled methods used on Pucketty Farm
Author: Hugh Corley
Published: Pauma Valley, CA : Bargyla and Gylver Rateaver , 1975 2nd ed.
Series: Conservation gardening and farming series, Series C reprints

Summary: A profile of an organic farm in England, and how it is managed. Chapters discuss crops, pastures (leys), cattle, pigs, other livestock, fertility, dung and compost, ploughing and cultivation, harvesting, diseases, weeds and pests, and changing over to organic.

ISBN: 09600069844
Call Number: 53 COR
Subjects: Organic farming , Small farms

Title: Proceedings of the National Small Farm Conference
Contributors: Edited by Denis Ebodaghe
Published: Washington, D.C. : Plant and Animal Production, Protection and Processing Division of USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service , 1997

Summary: The proceedings of the National Small Farm Conference held in 1996. There were panel discussions on technology transfer, environmental issues, education, research and extension priorities, marketing, economic opportunities, and papers on many farm-related topics.

Call Number: 82.2 PRO
Subjects: Agricultural ecology , Agricultural research , Extension programs , Farmer education , Small farms

Title: Proceedings of the Second National Small Farm Conference
Contributors: Edited by Denis Ebodaghe
Published: Sedalia, MO : Inter-State Printing , 2000

Summary: The proceedings of the 2nd National Small Farm Conference held in 1999. Sections include presentations on marketing and value added products, meeting the needs of underserved clients, agroforestry and livestock alternatives for small farms, developing skills, building institutional (research) capacity to serve small farmers, growing the farm business enterprise, and networks that bring together farmers, service providers and consumers.

Call Number: 82.2 PRO
Subjects: Agricultural research , Farmers , Marketing , Small farms , Sustainable agriculture , Value-added

Title: Research for small farms : proceedings of the special symposium
Contributors: Howard W. Kerr, Jr. and Lloyd Knutson, editors
Published: Washington, D.C. : Agricultural Research Service, U.S.D.A. , 1982
Series: Miscellaneous publication no. 1422

Summary: The symposium was held November 15-18, 1981, at the Beltsville (MD) Agricultural Research Center. The papers presented results of research on small farm agriculture and identified additional research needs. Sections included an overview of small farms, horticulture, livestock and forage, and socioeconomic, marketing, and family considerations.

Call Number: 57 RES
Subjects: Agricultural research , Alternative agriculture , Berries , Fruits , Livestock , Small farms , Vegetables

Title: Small farm handbook
Contributors: Edited by Small Farm Center
Published: Oakland, CA : ANR Publications, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California , c1994

Summary: This book has sections on requirements for successful farming, the basics, finances, marketing and selling, enterprise ideas, growing crops, raising animals, postharvest handling, alternative agriculture, labor management, and family dynamics.

ISBN: 1879906236
Call Number: 82.2 SMA
Subjects: Farm management and decision making , Small farms

Title: Small farming systems for the Midwest and reintegrating agriculture and community in the Midwest
Contributors: Editors, Richard Olsen, Lisa Bauer
Published: Lincoln, NE : Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Nebraska-Lincoln , 1999?
Series: Extension and education materials for sustainable agriculture Volume 10

Summary: These are the papers gathered from the 23 seminars of conference proceedings held in 1998 and 1999. The topics covered include small farms, market gardening, hoop houses for hogs, trees and herbs, Amish farming, adding value, management intensive grazing and crop production, small vineyards, local food systems, farmers markets, preserving farmland, CSAs, beef cooperatives, direct marketing,and local processing,

Call Number: 50.9 SMA
Subjects: Community development , Local food systems , Small farms , Sustainable agriculture

Title: Structural and financial characteristics of U.S. farms, 1995 : 20th annual family farm report to Congress
Contributors: Judith E. Sommer ... [et. al.]
Published: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service , [1998]
Series: Agriculture information bulletin no. 746

Summary: This report, based on USDA's 1995 Agricultural Resource Management Study brings together different components of farming to describe them and examine their roles in agricultural production. Sections cover the characteristics of farm businesses, farm operators and farm operator households.

Call Number: 82 STR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Family farms , Farm income , Farm management and decision making , Finance , Small farms

Title: Successful small-scale farming : an organic approach
Author: Karl Schwenke
Published: Pownal, VT : Storey Communications , c1991 2nd ed.

Summary: This book is intended to serve as a practical resource for beginning cash-crop growers and emphasizes the care of soil and the growing of plants. There is a concise overview of farmstead skills. Chapters cover soils, plants, farm machinery, farm practices, cash crops, other cash & specialty crops, and the whole farm.

ISBN: 0882666428
Call Number: 57 SCH
Subjects: Crop production , Machinery , Organic farming , Small farms , Soils , Specialty crops

Title: A time to act : a report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms
Contributors: National Commission on Small Farms
Second Author:
Published: Washington, D.C. : USDA , 1998

Summary: This report attempts to describe what can be done to preserve small farms in the face of increasing centralization of agricultural production and the resulting impoverishment of rural communities. Included are a vision of small farms in the 21st century, guiding principles for a federal farm policy, a description of a small farm, and policy goals and recommendations.

Call Number: 82.2 TIM
Subjects: Small farms


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: Fee fishing as an economic alternative for small farms
Author: Charles E. Cichra
Second Author: Lili T. Carpenter
Published: Mississippi State, MS : Southern Rural Development Center , 1989
Series: SRDC series no. 116

Summary: Fishing pressure on public waters in increasing and fee fishing may be a cost efficient alternative for small farmers who are looking to enhance the profitability of their farms. This study was undertaken to determine the regional importance of fee fishing in the southeastern U.S., determine the demographic background of users of fee fishing facilities, determine what types of services are being offered by such facilities and what services are desireable to their users, and to determine where fee fishing operations should be located and what types of services should be offered.

Call Number: 59.1 CIC
Subjects: Alternative enterprises , Fee fishing , Small farms

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: Personnel decisions in the family farm business
Author: Amy R. Lyman
Published: Berkeley, CA : Agricultural Personnel Management Program, University of California

Summary: The six case studies in this booklet show how family history, tradition and interpersonal issues between family members can influence decision making and business results in family owned and operated farms and agricultural enterprises. The booklet is designed to help families recognize and deal with such influences and problems.

Call Number: 81.85 LYM
Subjects: Family farms , Family life , Farm labor , Farm management and decision making , Small business , Small farms

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


Title: Choices for our land
Published: Barre, MA : Northeast Organic Farming Association , c1989

Call Number: 82.2 CHO
Subjects: Farmers , Farmland preservation , Land development , Local food systems , Marketing , Marketing direct to consumers , Organic farming , Small farms

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