Small Scale Farming

Small Scale Farming

Small Scale Farming. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.

Off and on over the years I have toyed with the idea of starting my own farming operation but to be honest, I really don’t know that much about it. That’s where the Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching course comes in.

CONTINI: The Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching course is a 13-week course that gives students a broad overview of production and marketing options on today’s small farm. Participants are often established farmers looking to sustain their existing operation as well as beginning farmers.

That’s Vicki Contini, with Washington’s Franklin County Extension. She says this program is good for not only people just thinking about starting a farm but those currently in business.

CONTINI: The course explores an extremely broad range of options. It covers animals and there’s some discussion on soils, it talks about equipment and facilities, it hits goal setting and budgeting, it talks about rotational grazing for animals, weed management.

Too many times we will jump right into something blind, not knowing what to expect and Contini says this course can help.

CONTINI: We have had a couple of students that after attending the class and getting a feel for how much work it is, they determined that with the small children that they had this was not the right time for them. And that’s one of the purposes of the class is to help people determine whether or not what they want to do is truly a viable option for them and to do it before they sink a lot of time and money into it.

The course is part of a larger program aimed at small farms education.

CONTINI: This is part of a cultivating success educational program. There are several other counties that offer the course right now. I think we’re the only one in this corner of the state. For more information on the cultivating success program you could go to their website

That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.


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