The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising & Selling Ethical Meat

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising & Selling Ethical Meat

“The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat” by Rebecca Thistlewaite and Jim Dunlop comprehensively covers raising and ethically selling meat. They focus on effective, profitable techniques, backed by a wealth of experience. Their common sense practices and tips are beneficial to even experienced livestock raisers. Featured species include cattle, pigs,…

How Do We Save the Farmers – A Common Sense Home Reader Discussion

How Do We Save the Farmers – A Common Sense Home Reader Discussion

Farmers around the world are in crisis, with alarmingly high suicide rates. MinnStar Bank notes, “In recent years, more than half of the U.S. farm households have lost money on their farming operations each year, with an estimated average loss of ($1,325) for 2017. The loss in available household income from the farm operation is…

The Lean Farm – Making More Income with Less Work
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The Lean Farm – Making More Income with Less Work

“The Lean Farm – How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work” by Ben Hartman is one of those books that made me look with fresh eyes. As I was reading, I kept eyeing up our homestead and taking small steps to make things work more efficiently. While geared…

Sole Proprietorship vs LLC – Are all Your Eggs in One Basket?

Sole Proprietorship vs LLC – Are all Your Eggs in One Basket?

This is a guest post by Amy Salberg. If you sell anything to anyone, you are running a business. To protect your farm or small business, as well as your private assets, you should consider whether a sole proprietorship or an LLC is your best option. The vast majority of farms are sole proprietorships because…

The Independent Farmstead – Farming with Minimal or No Outside Inputs
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The Independent Farmstead – Farming with Minimal or No Outside Inputs

“The Independent Farmstead: Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management” by Shawn and Beth Dougherty strives to capture what many small farmers are seeking – farming with minimal or no outside inputs, using the best of old and new tech. This is a discussion topic that’s come up many…