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Hobby farming in general
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Robert Becker    Posted 10-03-2003 at 12:13:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I want to own our own farm (about 40 acres or so). We are working to save money towards that end. My question is this: In the mean time, how can I acquire the many skills necessary to be a successful hobby farmer. I desire to build my own log home (I'll attend a school to learn how to do that) and remove myself from the power grid (solar, wind, water power, etc.). I also want to grow my own food and raise my own meat. Most of the people I know are city folks, but I grew up on a small farm and miss it greatly! They can't understand why I'd want to do something like this. Can anyone help me with some suggestions?

Thanks!


Brian-2N    Posted 10-03-2003 at 15:50:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert,
I'm home, here's the info.
Hobby Farms
P.O. Box 58701
Boulder, CO. 80322-8701
800-365-4421 fax 303-604-7644
e-mail fancy@neodata.com enter hobby farms in subject field.
Storey Books
800-441-5700
www.storey.com
I think they moved from vermont to Massachusetts (could be the other way around). The address I have is
Storey Books
P.O. Box 206
(210 MASS MoCA Way)
North Adams, MA. 01247
One of their titles is "Making Your Small Farm Profitable". Good title on running a small farm.
There is also "Successful Small Scale Farming" (organic farming) and "Small Scale Livestock Farming". Check them out. They are very readable, and serve as "how to" books, but more entertaining. If you have a Barnes & Noble near you, they may even have some of the titles in stock. Good luck.


I second that    Posted 10-04-2003 at 05:10:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Storey has the best modern series of farm "how to" books around today. Everything from raising bees to goats to cows to chickens to the finances of running a farm. We started most of our enterprises with a Storey book, and in most cases it included everything you need to know to get running and be successful.


Tom A


Brian-2N    Posted 10-03-2003 at 13:48:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert,
I just tripped over a magazine called Hobby Farms. I'll post the address tonight or tomorrow for you. Storey Books, variably located in Mass. or Vermont, publishes a number of books for hobby farming, either in general or on different aspects. I'll get you their address too, although you can go to Barnes & Noble.com and typr in Storey books as the publisher, to see their list.


Tom A    Posted 10-03-2003 at 12:52:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
1) Read lots. There are some really great books out there, and I can suggest a list if you want. There's a really good one out right now called "Making your small farm profitable" that has lots of good information that would be handy *before* you buy a place.

2) Plan lots. We started writing a "farm plan" years before we bought our place. Writing a plan helps you focus on stuff you need to know and learn. I continued revising the plan for about 2 years after we finally bought our place... I probably should reread and revise again now.

3) Grow a garden where ever you live now...plant lots of different stuff to see what you are good and bad at.

4) Look for a place everywhere you go. It took us about 4 years of serious looking once we actually had made the decision to buy a farm.

5) Network. Find friends everywhere you go. My best teachers are the old, retired farmers in the area where I live, followed closely by the folks on this website.

there's probably lots more, but I'm sure somebody else will remember it and put it down.

good luck,
Tom


Paula    Posted 10-03-2003 at 12:32:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Off the top of my head your local Ag extension office
provides classes and information on various subjects.

Paula


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