I perused their Web site and was favorably impressed. They’re a growing organization with aspirations to offer services for which they need more volunteer help, but what they offer so far looks promising.
According to the SFC’s site, “The mission of the Small Farms Conservancy is to protect, sustain and inspire small farming worldwide.” While such language strikes me as rather flowery and over ambitious, they’re strong proponents of small independent farms and believe in the dignity of farming and food production.
They want to connect and educate farmers concerning such things as access to insurance, legal aid, financing, marketing assistance, and appropriate equipment, technologies and ideas for what they call farming on a human scale. They encourage the kind of farming that isn’t corporate oriented or factory farming.
Articles are clearly written by intellectuals. No “dumb farmers” here. The site features articles on livestock and equipment, as well as issues like food safety legislation and its impact on small farmers, preservation of land for farming, and more. If you grow for farmer’s markets or would like to, the SFC has relevant information for you. There’s also a list of independent seed companies who offer heirloom seeds.
The SFC’s partner publication is “Small Farmer’s Journal,” issued four times a year. It’s described as “A magazine devoted to the betterment of the independent family farm. Each issue features practical horse farming and covers all facets of small-scale diversified agriculture.”
“Horse farming” doesn’t just mean raising horses. They mean farming with horses, the old fashioned way. Or maybe it’s the new fashioned way. If we have an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out the power grid and life as we know it now, we’ll need to know such farming practices to raise food on a scale larger than backyard gardening.