Small Farmer's Journal

Welcome to the Small Farmer’s Journal Community!

Founded in 1976, Small Farmer’s Journal is an award-winning, internationally renowned agrarian quarterly with over forty-five years of print history and counting. The publication is dedicated to the preservation and support of small-scale agricultural pursuits and family farms.

We offer a quarterly Print Subscription, a Website Membership, and a free email newsletter called the Home & Shop Companion. We also have Books, Back Issues and Manuals available in the Small Farmer’s Market, or you can call or write our office to place your order.

Small Farmer’s Journal Print Subscription

With a one year Small Farmer’s Journal print subscription, you will receive four issues. A two year subscription receives eight issues and a three year subscription receives twelve issues. A Small Farmer’s Journal subscription does not include website membership. Sorry, multi-year subscriptions are not available outside of the U.S.

Small Farmer’s Journal is a large format, beautiful, full-color periodical packed with more information than you might find in three or four conventional magazines. Supported 100% by its readership, this folksy and feisty publication, a true clarion of free speech in the best old sense of the phrase, is a vibrant and exciting platform for engaging far-flung ideas about anything pertinent to the small family farm experience. Livestock, Crops, Barns, Farming Systems, Equipment, Recipes, Kids Activites, Marketing, Poetry, Stories; IT’S ALL THERE!

Please feel free to RENEW your subscription here, too. Your customer ID number isn’t necessary because we double-check every single order to see if you are an existing subscriber.

Small Farmer’s Journal Website Membership

The Small Farmer’s Journal website is an ever-expanding archive of articles from the forty-five plus years the magazine has been published. A new article from a back issue is added every day, including articles from the brand new issue when it comes out.

Non-members can see one full article per week. To gain access to all the content on this site, subscribe for just $5 per month. If you are not completely satisfied, cancel at any time. Website membership does not include a print subscription.

Driving tepee truck is a humble job, beneath the dignity of a lamber, but it suits me fine. The ten-mile drive through the hills to Sunrise Camp is beautiful in the early morning. This is the season between snow and ... read more
Cultivating Questions Grow Your Own Mulch
For the past 25 growing seasons, we have used the dryland practices described in this article to direct seed and transplant vegetables all season long without irrigation. Of course, rainfall has been necessary to finish out some of our longer ... read more
Courting a Life
A long time ago I decided to stick my neck out and buy a small farm. I knew I had to do it. I was consumed by dreams of a place of my own. Dreams, and plans, and more dreams. ... read more
Categories: Editorials

Small Farmer’s Journal Home & Shop Companion

The Home & Shop Companion is a free weekly email newsletter. It features stories, handy hints, recipes, news, offers, projects, distractions and other stuff we think you’ll find interesting. The entire series is archived here on the website and is free to all to browse: Home & Shop Companion Archive.


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Home and Shop Companion 0092
The Age of Steam and Electricity • Wire Terminals • Pumpkin Chiffon Pie • Dutch Apple Pie • Tamale Pie
Home and Shop Companion 0096
Rural Ramblings • Preventing Lost Wrenches • Home Made Mustard
Home and Shop Companion 3
Note from Lynn Miller • Hinged Nest Boxes • Idler Pulley Correctly Placed • Bedelia