10 Ways To Be More Efficient on Your Small Farm

As a small farmer, you know too well that there’s never enough time or money to do all of the things you need to do. So, you need solutions that help you do more with less. Here are 10 tools, systems, and processes to help you be more efficient on your farm. 1. Mechanize your … Continued

FSMA for Farmers: Do the New Food Safety Laws Apply to You?

The Food Safety Modernization Act, aka FSMA [pronounced fizz-ma], is a large piece of legislation aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the U.S. food supply. Most of FSMA focuses on companies that run food processing facilities, like Kraft Heinz and Hershey’s. But some of the rules do affect farmers — in particular, farming … Continued

3 Must-Have Tools for a Profitable Small Farm

A lack of profitability is one of the biggest challenges facing small farming operations. Jaclyn Moyer illustrated the problem well in her 2015 Salon article (which was named one of the best essays of the year), “What Nobody Told Me About Small Farming: I Can’t Make a Living.” But farmers don’t have to subsist on … Continued

Why Cold Storage is the #1 Way to Reduce Postharvest Loss

Postharvest loss is a monumental problem worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that as much as 30% to 40% of all food produced (and 40% to 50% root crops, fruits, and vegetables) is lost due, in part, to a “lack of proper post-harvest storage, processing, or transportation facilities.” Put … Continued

How to Build a Walk-In Cooler for Your Small Farm [Free Guide]

For small farms, cold storage can mean the difference between profitability and not making ends meet. Produce starts to deteriorate as soon as it’s picked, and, especially in warm temperatures, that deterioration can happen very quickly. This can lead to costly postharvest loss. Cold storage enables you to harvest your crops at the most advantageous … Continued