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A tool for self-sufficiency -   serving the future of farming, determined for small farms to succeed, defending craftsmanship and believing in people
A tool for self-sufficiency -   serving the future of farming, determined for small farms to succeed, defending craftsmanship and believing in people
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Small Farmer's Journal has surpassed the Jump Start goal and continues to climb. THANK YOU one and all!!

Kickstarter Stretch Goal:

Additional funding will go to production of the 161st and 162nd issues — Any further Kickstarter contributions will result in copies of the 160th issue of Small Farmer's Journal being sent to agricultural schools!

Last Fall we received a link to a list of '60 Blue Ribbon College Farms'. The schools were ranked 1 through 60 based on criteria of Farm Size, Crop Variety and Sustainability-Related Degree Options. We aren't necessarily fans of 'ranking', but we were thrilled to see so many wonderful programs at work. (Please scroll to the bottom to see the list.)

We want to reach out to these programs, to share and expand our community of small farmers, so that when these kids head out on their own they aren't daunted by the unknown, but instead know right where to seek inspiration, experience, practicality and advice.

For every $200 we exceed our original goal of $25,000 we will send 3 copies of the 160th issue of Small Farmer's Journal to one of the programs on that list, starting at the top of the list.

For instance, at this time, we are exceeding our goal by $4,400. Divide by $200 and that means we will be sending issues to schools 1 through 22, so far! If you know of any appropriate schools which do not appear on this list, please let us know and we'll add them.

With funding we are ready to go to press with the 160th edition of Small Farmer's Journal. 

Our goal is to raise $25,000.

It has been our life's work and passion to produce quarterly print editions of Small Farmer's Journal which support independent farmers, craftsmanship in agriculture and vibrant small towns. We have done this well for 4 decades,159 editions in all. We are farmers, artists and writers. Over these many years we have amassed a large archive of agricultural information, all of which goes to make our job of producing Small Farmer's Journal a comfort and a pleasure. 

For more information about our publication visit www.smallfarmersjournal.com

Unforeseen hardships have delayed us printing current editions. Those hardships are behind us. When we secure backing, we will jump start SFJ and commence printing. We take this responsibility with careful focus, understanding that we need to make single steps. We are behind 2 editions. When we secure backing we will print Volume 40 number 4, our 160th edition. We are looking forward to the next forty years of Small Farmer's Journal. Any funding beyond the campaign goal will apply directly to continued printing of SFJ. 

Cover of the 149th edition of Small Farmer's Journal
Cover of the 149th edition of Small Farmer's Journal

All prepress work has been done on that 160th issue, it is ready to send to the printer.  Once sent, it should take 15 days to 3 weeks for printing and mailing. When the issue mails we will send out premiums to backers.

160th edition of Small Farmer's Journal waiting patiently on the layout wall
160th edition of Small Farmer's Journal waiting patiently on the layout wall

Project budget: The $25,000 we seek to raise would be used in these ways: $11,500.00 goes to actual printing of subscriber editions; these will be mailed direct from the printer at a cost of $3,500. Print overage will ship to our business address for $500. Secondary shipments to new subscribers, renewals, bookstores, and kickstart backers will cost another $2,000. Overhead, staff labor and supplies will cost $5,000. Kickstarter fees are estimated at $2,500.

Forty years ago we had a crazy idea for a publication. We stuck with it and to it. We have no intention of quitting now. When we first started out, the notion that small scale farming was feasible, and even important to society, was kookie at best. Back in 1976 if you layered into that the choice to feature animal-powered farming systems, organic farming principles and self-sufficiency, that notion went from kookie to absolute nonsense. The composite idea and this publication were ridiculed as silly, preposterous, lame and just wrong-headed. Luckily we never accepted any of that.

A two page spread from the 160th edition
A two page spread from the 160th edition

It was, and is, never about business - its about doing what we believe in.

The opening two pages of the editorial from the 160th edition, "A Farm for Free."
The opening two pages of the editorial from the 160th edition, "A Farm for Free."

The world has changed. Today organic farming, local food, safe food, and even genetic preservation have become fashionable, even if the vast majority of folk don’t know exactly what it means, or the kinds of effort it takes.

Barn building article from 138th edition of Small Farmer's Journal
Barn building article from 138th edition of Small Farmer's Journal

We've been at this business for four decades insisting this publication continue. Hardly a week goes by that we don't hear from a large segment of Journal readers who say their only way to get this sort of information and community connection is through print publications such as ours. They don't use computers and don't foresee ever going there. We understand and honor that choice. We do, however, admit to using computers to allow us to stay small in our publishing efforts; stay small and beautiful. It is certainly not the only way to do what we do, but we appreciate that it gives us time to try to farm, paint, write and be with family. And for those who prefer we are doing a very good job of presenting the information on-line.

New innovations in farming are featured in most every issue of Small Farmer's Journal
New innovations in farming are featured in most every issue of Small Farmer's Journal

Our website, www.smallfarmersjournal.com, continues to evolve into an astounding, vibrant and ever growing archive of information. It is not meant to replace the print Journal, only augment it in ways which take advantage of the world-wide web.

Special interest publications continue to struggle financially. All of us are needing to find new forms of growth, through ad revenue, subscriptions sales and creative funding. That translates to our taking control of our own destiny. As passionate as we are towards the cause of small farms, we readily accept the challenges. Because publications such as ours are even more important and vital today.

Articles from the 139th edition
Articles from the 139th edition

The original focus, dedication and purpose of this small publishing business remains the same and will not change. We came into this arena believing that human-scale endeavors hold the answer. We came to print with an editorial focus featuring animal-powered farming systems, organic principles, and self-sufficiency. It ain't changing now.

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 As we worked through the steps putting this Kickstarter campaign together, we were compelled to ponder the question you may be asking yourself: 

WHY should this magazine continue? Easy. This is why…

"Your journal is beautifully crafted, ever so thoughtful, and does a terrifically important double duty - informing people, and connecting us. Further, your journal demonstrates the ingenuity and thoughtfulness of farmers around the world. Much needed especially as the younger generation ponders possibilities and global needs. Thank you." E. Trygstad, Boseman, MT

"Mr Miller - My name is George Bristol. I served for 38 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. I retired in August 2013 as a Colonel and am still working in special operations overseas. I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy and support your efforts with SFJ. I greatly enjoy every issue ...  Sir, you are a gifted writer indeed. For me, I have always hoped that - in the 64 months I had in combat, getting wounded, and serving 19 of 38 years overseas - I was doing a small part in protecting the American Dream. In your writings, I get a clear picture of what it is: hard work, independence, perseverance, and a sense of humor and love for the land. Sir, you have a subscriber for life in this old leatherneck. I thank you. Semper Fidelis," George Bristol, Woodbridge, VA

"Thank you for creating a beautiful journal, worthy of a quiet room, cup of tea, and an evening of pleasant edification. Warmly," Lisa Douglas, Bishop, GA

"I was personally charged and challenged by a little something that appeared on the cover of the Fall 2014 SFJ which reads, “Good Work Is Lubricated By Appreciation!” I realized I had not ever taken the time to inform you how much I appreciate you. And, also by the optimistic blurb in same issue about Ed from Michigan who just turned 108 and called to renew his subscription for another two years!!! That’s absolutely AWESOME!!!"   Whitley R. Bradberry, Snyder, TX

"Thank you for all you continue to do! I for one love your rants/ passionate writing. As for those of us who feel the same, you give us a voice. You speak for the many who don’t have a voice in this culture but are being completely affected by all this craziness. S.F.J. is a labor of love and everything inside it is all about hope and moving towards a better world. Keep at it and sharing straight from the heart. We are complex beings and need to be able to express how difficult it is to live in these very insane times. Your voice is heard and needed and I thank you."  Ricky Baruc –Seeds of Solidarity Education Center,  Orange, MA

Forage plates from the 145th edition
Forage plates from the 145th edition

 "The best magazine in the business. I have been with SFJ since 1976, the beginning!" R. H. P., Marshall, NC

"I was introduced to your magazine by a friend and mentor and finding it in my mailbox is always a highlight of my week. Thanks for the great magazine, your message is powerful and necessary."  Sara Wall, Trout Creek, MI

"The pages of the SFJ - in particular the editorial page (in this reader’s humble opinion) are a beacon toward balance. Thank you Lynn."  Elizabeth Hendrix,  Sunny Hill Farm, South Randolph, VT.

"Thank you and everyone at SFJ for all the love you all put into this amazing publication. Hang in there, it is a National Treasure!!! Keep on speaking the truth of your heart and there are many of us out here who raise their glass in solidarity. Don’t give up, we all need your voice, you and Jim Hightower, otherwise we’ll go crazy!!! In Solidarity,"  Ricky, Deb, and Levi Seeds of Solidarity Orange, MA

"Thank you for SFJ. We love it and hope it continues for a long time!"  Rudy and Gail Herrera, Santa Fe, NM

More pages from the 60th edition
More pages from the 60th edition

"Thanks for all your dedication, enthusiasm and hard work. We’re workin’ on gettin’ you nominated for sainthood. Sincerely," Michael McGuinness,  Anacortes, WA

"You, and all the folks at Small Farmer’s Journal, are wonderful. Thank you for your healing work in this world. Sincerely," Charlotte (Rose), Toronto, ON

"Dear Lynn: Your publication is so important to those who see the reality vis-à-vis food production, water use, climate change and insane government spending. I would hope to see it available long after my time on earth. It is the only publication of its kind – no bias. Regards,"  Graeme Reid, Lyman, WA

"We have appreciated the philosophy, energy and stories that SFJ have provided us for the past 30 years. We are grateful that you are still writing and publishing, and are so hopeful that our subscription will help to sustain this unique magazine long into the future."  Martha and Brad Sleeper, Forest Grove, OR

"I would like to start by saying I love, love receiving your Journal and I hope you continue to publish it for years to come."  John Schick, Obernburg, NY 

"This magazine has something for everyone, it’s the Best Ever." Joe Kendall, Englewood, Ohio

"Best darn magazine in the world. Like owning a piece of art with every issue."  Brent Richlen, Prestigo, WI.

"Many thanks for your perpetual relevance."  Joel Wolpert, Belington, WV

"I both enjoy reading the magazine and realizing lots of folks are working much harder than I, and doing a very efficient, satisfying job of it. Agriculture has nearly infinite variety. Sincerely," Fuller Sheldon, Mapleton, ND

"You at Small Farmer's Journal, and especially you Lynn with the editorials and the slant of the magazine, have kept the flame alive for me. Koinonia," Marian Hungerford, North Cameroun, Africa

Nordell article from the 141st edition
Nordell article from the 141st edition

Top College Farms

Backer Recommended Addition: Corban University - Salem, Oregon

  • 01 - Ecological Agriculture Center at Robert Shone Farm at Santa Rosa Junior College - Santa Rosa, California
  • 02 - Berea College Farms - Berea, Kentucky
  • 03 - Center for Environmental Farming Systems Student Farm at North Carolina State University - Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 04 - The Ranch, The Farm, The Garden at Deep Springs College - Deep Springs, California
  • 05 - UBC Farm at University of British Columbia - British Columbia, Canada
  • 06 - Cal Poly Organic Farm and Swanton Pacific Ranch at California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, California
  • 07 - The Hampshire College Agricultural Studies Farm Center - Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 08 - The College of the Ozarks Dairy Farm at College of the Ozarks Point - Lookout, Missouri
  • 09 - Berry College Animal Sciences Student Work Program - Mount Berry, Georgia
  • 10 - Poughkeepsie Farm Project at Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 11 - Sterling College Farm at Sterling College - Craftsbury Common, Vermont
  • 12 - Green Mountain College Organic Farm at Cerridwen Farm - Poultney, Vermont
  • 13 - Agricultural Research and Teaching Center at California State University Chico - Chico, California
  • 14 - Fulton Farm at Wilson College - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • 15 - Wilmington College Academic Farms at Wilmington College - Wilmington, Ohio
  • 16 - Warren Wilson College Garden and College Farm at Warren Wilson College - Swannanoa, North Carolina
  • 17 - Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University - Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
  • 18 - Delaware Valley University Student Farm at Delaware Valley University - Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 19 - Butte College Farm at Butte College - Oroville, California
  • 20 - The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at University of California Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, California
  • 21 - St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works Farm (STOGROW Farm) at St. Olaf College - Northfield, Minnesota
  • 22 - MSU Student Organic Farm at Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan
  • 23 - Agriculture Club Beef Farm at Ferrum College - Ferrum, Virginia
  • 24 - Dilmun Hill Cornell University Student Farm at Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
  • 25 - Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic - Bay Harbor, Maine
  • 26 - Bennington College Community Farm at Bennington College - Bennington, Vermont
  • 27 - WSU Organic Farm at Tukey Horticulture Orchard at Washington State University - Pullman, Washington
  • 28 - F.H. King Students of Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Garden at University of Wisconsin Madison - Madison, Wisconsin
  • 29 - Stanford University Community Farm at Stanford University - Stanford, California
  • 30 - Biodynamic Garden at Rudolf Steiner College - Fair Oaks, California
  • 31 - Sustainable Agriculture Field School at Northland College - Ashland, Wisconsin
  • 32 - Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG) at Lawrence University - Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 33 - Sustainable Agriculture Farm at College of the Redwoods - Eureka, California
  • 34 - Miller Farm (Suzanne Hoerner Equestrian Center) at Earlham College - Richmond, Indiana
  • 35 - Dartmouth College Organic Farm at Dartmouth College - Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 36 - Calhoun Field Laboratory's Sustainable Farming Project at Clemson University - Clemson, South Carolina
  • 37 - Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm (ACRE - Agriculture Community for Resources and Education) at University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont
  • 38 - Cornercopia, the Student Organic Farm at University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 39 - Organic Agriculture Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) at New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • 40 - Slow the Plow, Middlebury College's Organic Garden at Middlebury College - Middlebury, Vermont
  • 41 - The Evergreen State College Organic Farm at Evergreen State College - Olympia, Washington
  • 42 - The Yale Sustainable Food Project Garden at Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut
  • 43 - Campus-Community Farm at University of New Hampshire - Durham, New Hampshire
  • 44 - University of Montana Environmental Studies Department's Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) Farm at University of Montana - Missoula, Montana
  • 45 - University of Idaho Student Organic Farm at University of Idaho - Moscow, Idaho
  • 46 - Davis Student Experimental Farm at University of California Davis - Davis, California
  • 47 - Cook Student Organic Farm at Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 48 - Juniper Well Ranch at Prescott College - Prescott, Arizona
  • 49 - Organic Growers Club Farm at Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon
  • 50 - Oberlin Sustainable Agriculture Project at Oberlin College - Oberlin, Ohio
  • 51 - John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at California State Polytechnic University Pomona - Pomona, California
  • 52 - Black Bear Food Guild at Rogers Farm at University of Maine Orono - Orono, Maine
  • 53 - Center for Sustainability at Pennsylvania State University - State College, Pennsylvania
  • 54 - Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute at Maharishi University of Management - Fairfield, Iowa
  • 55 - ISU Student Organic Farm at Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa
  • 56 - Outback Farms & Outdoor Experiential Learning Site at Fairhaven College of Western Washington University - Bellingham, Washington
  • 57 - Colorado State University Student Organic Garden and Market at Colorado State University - Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 58 - The Land Lab at the Sustainable Farming Program at Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro, North Carolina
  • 59 - Student Farm at Carleton College - Northfield, Minnesota

(Turns out there were only 59 in the list!)

Risks and challenges

At this time there are no risks to completion as seven staff members are capable of completing the stated goal. Small Farmer's Journal has adequate facilities for all aspects of the work which remains. The promised issue is ready for press. All prepress work is complete. The staff of Small Farmer's Journal has been producing this publication for decades and understands any and all eventualities. All required infrastructure for editing, typing, proofreading, and computer layout and production are time-tested and in-house. This same infrastructure is currently working to prepare the subsequent 161st edition. Our facility and staff are equipped and prepared for record keeping, journal handling and shipping. Small Farmer's Journal has utilized the same printer for over 25 years. No additional approvals or reviews are required for this project. All publication files are computerized and housed at three different locations protecting the project from natural disasters.

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