Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service

Cornell Cooperative Extension

The NRAES web site includes descriptions of their publications, videos, and software. The program is interdisciplinary, issues-oriented, and focused on delivering educational materials and training opportunities in support of cooperative extensions.

Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770

Operating a Profitable Small Farm

Terry Poole, Maryland Cooperative Extension

A series of 21 factsheets on starting and operating a small farm — from selecting land to developing a business and production plan.

Small Farm Publications Index

University of California

An index of publications relevant to the small farm audience.

UC Small Farm Center Online Library

University of California Small Farm Center

A searchable database of abstracts on small farms topics with free delivery of full-text articles.

For more information, contact the Small Farm Center at (530) 752-8136 or

Small Farm New Farm Internet Resources

Ohio State University

Ohio State’s small farm site. Information and links on agritourism, crops, diversified agricultural enterprises, enterprise budgets, livestock, management, value-added products, and water management.

The New England Small Farm Institute

The New England Small Farm Institute’s Small Farm Library is one of the most comprehensive collections in the U.S. focusing specifically on small-scale farming and sustainable agriculture. The Small Farm Library collection is comprised of more than 5000 items, including books, periodicals, and documents, as well as extensive video and microfiche collections. An online card catalog and a scanned virtual library are under development. The Small Farm Library is open to the public from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and on weekends and evenings by appointment. Please call (413) 323-4531 to verify availability for the day you plan to visit. Anyone may visit the library, browse the collection, and receive a short research consultation (up to 1 hour); however, only library members can borrow materials. Annual memberships are just $10.

275 Jackson St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Voicemail: (413) 323-4531
Fax: (413) 323-9594

Acres U.S.A. Online Book Store

Acres U.S.A. is the premier source of books on organic/sustainable farming and eco-living, each hand-selected by their editors. Most are hard-to-find; some are only available there.

Phone: (512) 892-4400 or 1-800-355-5313
Fax: (512) 892-4448

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center publications

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

AFSIC staff create and publish information resource guides that focus on topics of current interest. Some are issued as parts of National Agricultural Library Series, including Quick Bibliographies (QBs) and Special Reference Briefs (SRBs). Others are published as AFSIC Notes and miscellaneous documents.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library, Rm 132
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Phone: (301) 504-6559
Fax: (301) 504-6927

SARE Resource Directory

Listing free and low-cost resources on a range of topics, including improving soil quality, marketing, and low-cost livestock systems.
A listing of useful publications, web sites, videos, and other resources for farmers, researchers, educators, and friends of sustainable agriculture.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

Includes factsheets and other publications on small farm topics.

P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702

Small Farms Library

Journey to Forever

A good source of online small farm publications that are available at no charge. Also provides the text of many hard-to-find farm management-related books and other resources and links.

MidWest Plan Service

MidWest Plan Service develops agricultural publications covering topics including: agricultural engineering; farm business management; animal sciences, such as dairy, swine, beef, horse, and sheep; construction; grain and postharvest; soil, air, and water management; and ventilation for livestock housing.

Phone: 1-800-562-3618
Fax: (515) 294-9589

The Small Farm Resource

The Small Farm Resource was created to help disseminate information of use to people with small farms or rural property. It is a cooperative effort, and some of its information comes from people like you. The Small Farm Resource merely plays the part of the organizer and repository.

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