Small Farm Resources

Small Farmer’s Journal: Defending Small Farms and Craftsmanship

The Small Farmer’s Journal is a highly acclaimed, award winning international agrarian quarterly magazine that steadfastly holds that the most important, useful and vital component of all agriculture is the independent family farm.



Modern Farmer Magazine

There has been a movement afoot in recent years to make connections between what we eat, how we live and the planet. Modern Farmer exists for people who want to be a part of that movement—it is for window-herb growers, career farmers, people who have chickens, people who want to have chickens and anyone who wants to know more about how food reaches their plate.



Food First: Bridging Food Justice and Food Sovereignty

Called one of the country’s “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, is a “people’s think-and-do tank.” Our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world. We believe a world free of hunger is possible if farmers and communities take back control of the food systems presently dominated by transnational agri-foods industries.




LocalHarvest is America’s #1 organic and local food website. We maintain a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Our search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area. Our online store helps small farms develop markets for some of their products beyond their local area.

Who Are We?

LocalHarvest was founded in 1998, and is now the number one informational resource for the Buy Local movement and the top place on the Internet where people find information on direct marketing family farms. We now have more than 20000 members, and are growing by about 20 new members every day. Through our servers, our website and those of our partners serve about three and a half million page views per month to the public interested in buying food from family farms.

LocalHarvest is located in Santa Cruz, California, and was founded by Guillermo Payet, a software engineer and activist dedicated to generating positive social change through the Internet.

You Can Help

You can participate in our building process by encouraging your farmer, market manager, and restauranteur friends to visit and sign themselves up!

If you are a Sustainable Agriculture or Family Farming group, contact us to discuss how we can partner together in support of your work.



Small Farm Funding Resources

This guide contains information about issues to consider before starting a farming operation with links to full-text guides on how to start a farm business, and develop business and marketing plans. It also contains information about funding sources for beginning farmers, training, technical assistance contacts, organizations with resources and programs for beginning and experienced farmers, and more.


New England Small Farm Institute

New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land-based, non-profit organization. It was founded in 1978 by a local citizens’ action group—Women in Agriculture, Food Policy and Land Use Reform—to encourage more sustainable regional agriculture, Our mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. We maintain an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture. We seek collaborative program-delivery partnerships with service providers—associates, on-farm mentors, organizations and agencies—throughout the Northeast and nationwide.



Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Starting and Agricultural Business Right for You? is designed to help aspiring farmers learn what it takes to start and mange a commercial agricultural businesses, and decide whether this is a path they really want to take.

Take a course or purchase the workbook from NESFI’s Bookstore to work through on your own. Created as a decision-making tool, Explorer can help you establish the clear vision and goals you will need to guide a new agricultural venture. It will help you identify and assess personal motivations, business and farming skills, and available resources. It will help you clarify values. The goal of Explorer is to help you decide whether starting an agricultural business is right for you, and-based on that decision-to help you plan practical next steps.



Small Farms Conservancy

Small Farms Conservancy believes that food, fiber and fuel should spring from practices that are safe, secure, sustainable and environmentally sound. We seek to build a worldwide community of shared values, skills, knowledge and ideals. The Conservancy envisions a vast clustering of vibrant independent family farms, as a viable global solution to the problems of feeding humanity.