What can I do with my Small Farm?

What Can I Do With My Small Farm? Selecting an Enterprise for Small Acreages - Often, when people buy a small farm they simply want someone to tell them what they can "do" with it. As strange as it might seem, this isn't an easy questions to answer. Before making decisions, you should consider these major factors that interact with and influence each other.

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management Planning Book: Think It! Write It! -Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management is a workshop series that enhances the success of new farmers by helping participants think through biological, physical, financial, and family aspects of farm business. The workshops include classroom and field sessions, and topics follow a natural sequence, from planning through production to long-term management. As participants progress through the Growing Farms series, their ideas about farming and ranching as a lifestyle and business become more focused.

Small Farms 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.

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses - Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises.Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.

List of Alternative Crops & Enterprises for Small Farm Diversification--Alternative Farming Systems Information Center - This list of alternatives was compiled using AFSIC reference request files, the subject files in our office, as well as previously compiled lists, most notably "Innovative Farming Idea List," (1987) compiled by Nancy Grudens Schuck, Farming Alternatives Project, Cornell University and "Ideas for Alternative Agricultural Enterprises," (1996) put together by the Missouri Alternatives Center. This list is not comprehensive, but presents some of the more accessible innovations available to farmers.

National Agricultural Statistics Service - Detailed information on crops and returns for each state by commodity with some historical data. This site does not contain detailed information on some specialty crops.

OSU Extension Catalog - The Catalog is the source for current, peer-reviewed, research-based learning materials published by OSU Extension. It is an active and growing resource, with learning materials in a variety of media for use in a variety of outreach and engagement activities and programs.

Web Soil Survey - The USDA Web Soil Survey is a tool where you can create a soil map of your property.  You’ll be able to identify the types of soil and learn more about how they function such as the infiltration, available water holding capacity, depth, structure, and restrictive features or limitations like risk of erosion and compaction.

Oregon Water Resources Deparment - Find out more about the water rights on you property.

Oregon Agricultural Enterprise Budgets - Search by region, county, and.or commodity for enterprise budgets to evaluate profitability of crops on your farm.

Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm - From the Winter 2007 edition of the Oregon Small Farms News, this article discusses land, soil, site evaluation, water, and other tips a fellow farmer learned while buying a small farm.