Planning Your Small Farm for Pleasure and Profit

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2002: $98,480.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $34,010.00
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:
Ronald Macher
Sustainable Alternative Farming Institute (SAFI)

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, canola, corn, cotton, flax, oats, potatoes, rye, sorghum (milo), soybeans, sugarbeets, sunflower, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other), grapes, peaches, berries (strawberries)
  • Nuts: pecans
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli, cabbages, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, swine, sheep, fish
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Animal Production: free-range, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, housing, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, fallow, forestry, multiple cropping, organic fertilizers, stubble mulching
  • Education and Training: decision support system, extension, networking
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: economic threshold, integrated pest management, mulches - living, physical control, row covers (for pests), trap crops, mulching - vegetative, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.