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Small Acreage Farming Publications & Resources

Buying Locally Raised Meat for Custom Processing > PDF
Most people who buy meat from a local producer purchase a live animal (or a portion of one) and have it butchered by a "custom-exempt" processing plant. This publication explains how the process works . . . . . more details

Commercial Red Raspberry Production > PDF
A comprehensive guide to commercial red raspberry production in the Pacific Northwest. Includes chapters on cultivar selection, plantation establishment, plantation maintenance, plant nutrition manage . . . . . more details
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Idaho: Seasonal Eating Week by Week > PDF
How to find Idaho food producers who share their crops with subscribers via a program known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is focus of this publication. Some 60 food producers in Idaho offer . . . . . more details

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): A Marketing Strategy for Small Acreage Producers in Idaho > PDF
For some small-acreage producers, a CSA program is a valuable marketing strategy that contributes to whole farm sustainability. This 7-page publication helps growers think through whether CSA is right . . . . . more details

Creating Farmer Networks: A Toolkit for Promoting Vibrant Farm Communities > PDF
A toolkit for farmers, extension agents, community organizers, and other agricultural professionals interested in starting and maintaining a successful farmer network. The publication is divided into . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: An Overview and Introduction > PDF
This revision summarizes benefits, drawbacks, and requirements of several direct marketing options, including farmers markets, farm or roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), U-pick, w . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Costs and Enterprise Selection > PDF
This revision covers how to do a general budget analysis for your farm-direct enterprise. Includes how to identify fixed and variable costs and do a breakeven analysis. Author: Larry Lev . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Financial Management > PDF
This revision looks at several aspects of a successful farm-direct enterprise, including benefits of good farm financial planning, explanation of important terms used in financial planning, keys to su . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Food Safety and Product Quality > PDF
This is the new, eighth publication in the Farm-direct Marketing set. Includes information on aspects of keeping your products fresh and safe, such as proper cooling, handling, and storage, chilling a . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Legal Guide to Farm-direct Marketing > PDF
This is the new, seventh publication in the "Farm-direct Marketing" series. Covers the risks and regulations associated with a farm-direct small business, including choosing and registering a limited . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Location and Facilities for On-farm Sales > PDF
This revision discusses aspects of good location and facilities for a farm-direct marketing business, including location, site selection, parking, and types of facilities (such as a roadside stand or . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Merchandising and Pricing Strategies > PDF
This revision discusses the strategies direct marketers use to make sales. It includes making a merchandising plan, display and packaging, customer service, pricing strategies and techniques, and prom . . . . . more details

Farm-direct Marketing: Personnel Management > PDF
This revision includes information on complying with labor laws, ways to find good employees, employee orientation and training, employee policies, and employee management. Author: Christy . . . . . more details

Growing Apples for Local Markets in Cold Climates > PDF
Offers the basics for getting started in a small scale commercial apple orchard, including sections on rootstocks, apple varieties, training and pruning, winter protection, fertility and groundcover . . . . . more details

Growing Blueberries in the Inland Northwest & Intermountain West > PDF
Highbush and lowbush blueberries are native to North America and can be harvested 2 to 3 years after planting. This publication covers selecting a growing site, recommended cultivars, preparing the . . . . . more details

Growing Mushrooms Commercially-Risks and Opportunities > PDF
This publication is a general overview for those who are interested in commercial mushroom production, especially for specialty varieties. Information covered includes production facilities, managem . . . . . more details

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries in the Inland Northwest & Intermountain West > PDF
Raspberries and blackberries have similar growing requirements and offer a market advantage to commercial growers, providing local customers with high-quality fruit. This publication covers selectin . . . . . more details

Growing Saskatoons in the Inland Northwest and Intermountain West > PDF
Basic information on growing this native American fruit, also known as "serviceberry" and "juneberry." Saskatoons are grown commercially in Canada. Includes recommended cultivars and information on . . . . . more details

Growing Strawberries in the Inland Northwest & Intermountain West > PDF
This publication covers selecting a growing site, recommended cultivars, preparing the site, planting, training, irrigation, fertilization, weed control, winter protection, pest and disease control, . . . . . more details

Growing Wasabi in the Pacific Northwest > PDF
Describes wasabi cultivar selection, propagation methods, growing environments, irrigation and fertilizer needs, planting requirements, weed control, harvest considerations, storage, and insect and di . . . . . more details

Growing Western Huckleberries > PDF
From a leading huckleberry expert comes the information you need to start your own attempts at growing huckleberries at home or for market. This publication covers plant and growing site selection, . . . . . more details
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Nothing But Herbs
Barbara Arnold, owner of Nothing but Herbs, a 4 1/2-acre farm in the Idaho Panhandle, shares her expertise on growing and marketing more than 230 varieties of herbs. She discusses the opportunities an . . . . . more details
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Pasture Principles for Smaller Acreages > PDF
Addresses the most common concerns of Idahoans interested in improving their pasture conditions. Topics covered include stand improvement, pasture soils, weed management, and grazing systems. . . . . . more details

Procedures for Planting Dryland Grasses for Small Acreage Landowners in Southeastern Idaho > PDF
Current and future small-acreage owners in southeastern Idaho can use this 9-page publication to help establish and maintain small acreage pastures with reduced irrigation water. With properly estab . . . . . more details

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers > PDF
This publication discusses the many types of fertilizers and soil amendments available for organic plant production. Fertilizer formulations, nutrient availability, and application practices for commo . . . . . more details

Specialty Farming in Idaho-Selecting a Site > PDF
This publication was written to help prospective entrepreneurs select the best possible sites for their specialty farms. It includes information on deciding on a product, available resources, local . . . . . more details

Specialty Flowers-Dry Flower Production
This publication introduces potential growers to the enterprise of producing and marketing specialty flowers. Information includes potential markets, budgeting, labor, management and production, and . . . . . more details
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Specialty Potato Production and Marketing in Southern Idaho > PDF
U.S. customers increasingly are willing to pay higher prices for quality specialty potatoes that come in a variety of colors and sizes. This CIS reports growing data for eight specialty cultivars--C . . . . . more details

Strawberry Production: Overview > PDF
Strawberries are adapted to many growing regions in Idaho but are a labor-intensive, long-term commitment. This publication provides an overview of the factors involved in growing strawberries inc . . . . . more details

Sustainable Small Acreage Farming in Idaho: Finding and Evaluating Land > PDF
Small acreage farming allows people to produce their own food and to develop various farm-based business enterprises. Establishing a small farm requires time and attention to many details. Evaluating . . . . . more details

Understanding Budgets and the Budgeting Process > PDF
The four type of budgets most commonly used by agricultural producers are whole farm, partial, cash flow, and enterprise. This publication discusses the various aspects of an enterprise budget inclu . . . . . more details


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University of Idaho Extension


Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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