Raise Sheep On Small Farms For Economical Meat

Sheep are the perfect source of red meat for beginning homesteaders. Besides being a safer animal to interact with, their small size makes them manageable and more sustainable on small farms. As a bonus, their meat is known for its tenderness and delicate flavor that is somewhat similar to beef. However, sheep are also known … Read more

Farms Grapple With How to Maintain Pandemic Agritourism Boom

There’s an Apple Trail in Sonoma County and a Cranberry Highway in Wisconsin. You can walk along the Wildflower Hike in Oregon or amble across the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. Each of these adventures falls under the banner of agritourism, involving activities that bring the general public to farms or ranches. It might seem frivolous … Read more

Rotational Grazing Works At Spring Valley Stock Farms

What happens when you start with 100 acres of row-cropped, played-out, nutrient-stripped farmland and don’t have a lot of money for projects and improvements? Well, for folks with a deep-rooted love of farming, a never-say-die determination and a mutual commitment to regenerative land practices such as rotational grazing, the answer could look a lot like … Read more

Can Biodigesters Save America’s Small Dairy Farms?

Small dairy farms in Vermont teater chronically on the brink of insolvency. Nearly half of Vermont’s dairies have gone out of business in the past 10 years, primarily small farms. Things got even worse during the pandemic, with volatile prices and supply chain shifts. The pattern is similar among dairies throughout New England. Stabilizing revenues … Read more

Why Are Farms Getting So BIG? – A Year in the Life of a Farmer

Hint – it’s not because they’re greedy “factory farms”. The farm I’m involved with got its start many decades ago. My grandparents started farming in another area after marrying, where they lived in two grain bins pushed together. Grandma told me recently that the water leaks may well have been the worst part of that … Read more