Dreaming of ditching city life for your own farm share? Before you sign over the cash for those rolling hills, we highly recommend you read Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business by Rebecca Thistlewaite, a former vegetarian turned farmer and livestock rancher (she dubs herself a "meat farmer") who is behind the blog Honest Meat and also does consulting work for small farms. We hope she sleeps well.
Chelsea Green Publishing Farms with a Future
In the book, Thistlewaite hits more than a dozen small farms across the country and shares some pretty great, no-nonsense advice from farmers who have learned the hard way -- you know, from experience. Among our favorite nuggets: "If you don't like people, don't do a CSA." Hard to argue with that one.
Get ten more start-up tips from Farms with a Future, and our annotations (How could we resist?), after the jump. No desire to become a farmer? No matter. Most are pretty handy for the old life in general.More »