Rebirth of the Small Family Farm A Handbook for Starting a Successful Organic Farm Based on the Community Supported Agriculture Concept

Rebirth of the Small Family Farm by Bob and Gregson

Rebirth of the Small Family Farm A Handbook for Starting a Successful Organic Farm Based on the Community Supported Agriculture Concept by Bob and Bonnie Gregson

Contents of Rebirth of the Small Family Farm

  • Chapter 1 Our First Years on the Farm
  • Chapter 2 What Our Farm Does: An Overview
  • Chapter 3 Key Factors to Success
  • Chapter 4 Start-Up Requirements
  • Chapter 5 Overview of Equipment and Supplies
  • Chapter 6 Setting Up the Land
  • Chapter 7 Marketing Strategy
  • Chapter 8 Crop Selection and Planning
  • Chapter 9 Starting Plants
  • Chapter 10 Operating a Subscription System Farm
  • Chapter 11 What’s Next?
  • Chapter 12 Other Things to Talk About

Introduction to Rebirth of the Small Family Farm

It is, poetically, a dark and stormy October night as this (true) tale begins to be set on paper. We have just shed our raingear and come inside after a session of slaughtering nearly 100 over-the-hill chickens.

They are easy to snag from their henhouse perches after dark, and it was slightly comforting to do this periodic unpleasant-but-necessary chore in the rain.

How bizarre this thought process — let alone the actual deeds — would have seemed to either of us eight years ago!

We were then in our mid-40s, had just remarried and bought a small operating flower and nut farm on an island near Seattle, and were determined to drop out of corporate careers for a better lifestyle.

So we did. And life did get better, much better

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