The Original How-to Magazine of Alternative and Traditional Crops and Livestock, Direct Marketing, and Rural Living—Est. 1984
History and Philosophy
Small Farm Today® was founded by a small farmer in central Missouri in 1984, and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of small farming, rural living, sustainability, community, and agripreneurship. It is published on a farm, by a farmer, for farmers. Most of our readers are full- or part-time small family farmers, and many are using alternatives, such as growing high-value crops, raising unusual livestock, and direct marketing their products to bring in more income. Readers are extremely loyal—most read the magazine from cover to cover, including advertising, and pass the magazine along to neighbors, friends, and relatives.
Importance and Definition of Small Farms
Small Farm Today® defines a small farm as a farm that is 179 acres or less in size, or earns $50,000 or less in gross income per year. This definition is based on data from the Bureau of Census and USDA Census (1987-1997), results of the Small Farm Today® magazine survey of readers (1993-1998), and data from the New Farm Committee of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University (1989).
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