The Cornell Small Farms Program mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. We do this by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering collaboration in support of small farms. This collection archives popular guides and booklets from the SFP. The most recent resources can be found on the SFP website here:

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  • NY Small Dairy Innovators: Successful Strategies for Smaller Dairies 

    Stone, Violet (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    The book features 7 small dairies all over NYS that have found methods of increasing profit and leisure time even in the face of a very challenging time for the dairy industry.
  • The Guide to Marketing Channel Assessment: How to Sell Through Wholesale and Direct Marketing Channels 

    LeRoux, Matthew; Roth, Monika; Shaw, Molly; Schmidt, Todd (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    This guide offers tools to evaluate the success of your markets to ensure they’re the most profitable for your business.
  • Green Grass, Green Jobs: Increasing Livestock Production on Underutilized Grasslands in NYS 

    Welch, Dan (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2011)
    This report focuses on recommended actions in research, education, extension, and policy to realize the potential of our grasslands as a farming resource that will spur rural economic development, grow the regional food ...
  • NY Small Farm Energy Innovators 

    Masler, Adrienne; Bass, Annie (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2010)
    This booklet describes how farmers save energy and decide which renewable systems are right for their farm. Profiles detail the cost of installation, any grants or incentives available, amount of energy saved or produced, ...
  • Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry 

    Goodsell, Martha; Stanton, tatiana (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2011-01)
    A Resource Guide to Direct Market Livestock and Poultry helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers ...
  • Small Farmers Campus to Farm Guide 

    Whiteheart, Rachel; Stone, Violet (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2013)
    This guide highlights small farms-focused research and extension projects led by Cornell faculty and educators around the state. Some of these projects are ongoing and offer long-term results and farmer-friendly resources. ...
  • New York State On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines 

    Bliven, Lynn; Stanton, tatiana; Frenay, Erica (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2012-07)
    The purpose of this NYS On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines is to provide processing and handling recommendations to NYS producers who process and sell less than 1000 chickens or 250 turkeys under the Producer/Grower – ...
  • The Guide to Urban Farming in New York State 

    Koski, Hannah; Rangarajan, Anu (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2013)
    The Guide to Urban Farming in New York State was written in December 2012 as a Master of Professional Studies master’s paper by Hannah Koski for the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, under the guidance of ...
  • Guide to Farming in New York State -What Every Ag Entrepreneur Needs to Know 

    Roth, Monika; Schuelke, Jacob; Deming, Anita; Lindsay, Chanda; Frenay, Erica; O’Brien, Lynn; Padilla-Zakour, Olga (Cornell Small Farms Program, 2015)
    This guide is comprised of a series of individual fact sheets addressing topics pertinent to planning and operating a farm business. It is not enterprise specific. Rather it addresses topics common to operating a farm ...


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