Farming References

    Permaculture: A Designers Manual by Bill Mollison
    Family Friendly Farming by Joel Salatin (and any other book by Salatin)
    The New Organic Grower by Elliot Coleman
    How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
    A Farmer’s Guide to the Bottom Line by Charles Walters
    Buying and Setting Up Your Small Farm or Ranch by L.R. Miller
    Paddock Shift, Changing Views on Grassland Farming by Allan Nation
    The Biological Farmer by Gary F. Zimmer

    Texas Bug Book: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Howard Garrett
    Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook by Howard Garrett
    The Organic Manual: Natural Organic Gardening and Living for Your Family, Plants and Pets by Howard Garrett
    Best Sellers in Organic Gardening, Agronomy, Sustainable Development, Gardening Techniques, Ecology, Fruit Gardening, Soil Science

    Food Production System for Backyard or Small Farm

    Acres USA (512) 892-4400
    Growing for Market (800) 307-8949
    Farming, People, Land, and Community (800) 915-0042
    Small Farmer’s Journal (800) 876-2893
    The Heirloom Gardener (417) 924-1222

Web Sites
    Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
    A&M has put together a great list of alternative agriculture resources
    Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
    The Dirt Doctor Howard Garret, Natural Gardening and Living

    Consider an internship/apprenticeship program with an organic farm. ATTRA has a listing on their website. You can also find farms advertising directly in many of the magazines I suggested above. International opportunities are available through MESA (Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture)  and WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). I served as the Farm Operations Director for World Hunger Relief, which offers 12-month internship programs, and the experience was rich and rewarding for the interns and myself. I recommend maybe a shorter program of 3 to 6 months during the peak of production, but you do get a better idea of the big picture when you can experience every changing season on the farm.

    Holistic Resource Management of Texas
    Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG)

Schools/Conferences. . .
    Ranching for Profit is a highly recommended program exploring a more holistic approach utilizing rotational grazing
    Texas Organic Farmers and Growers Assoc. (TOFGA) host their annual conference, which is always rich with information specific to our state.

Practical Experience…
    Nothing beats practical experience. Grow a backyard garden, get a job at a nursery or commercial grower, volunteer at a farm, find a skill that is farm related i.e. carpentry, mechanics, welding, horticulture, marketing, etc. My greatest learning experience was owning and operating a retail nursery and having my own garden every year.
    The new farmers need to be innovative and highly motivated to educate themselves in sustainable agriculture. It also helps to visit other farms and to see what other folks are doing. I hope these resources can be help in the pursuit of the small farm.

Original List & Comments from Farmer Brad Blog: HomeSweetFarm