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We want to help you build your farm.

Here are some of the websites, farms, books and organizations that have helped us along the way.


Websites - Goats

Websites - Marketing & Sustainable Ag

Websites - Government

On-Line Visual Aides


Fencing & Waterers




Nutrition, Pasture, Hay & Forage

Animal ID

Books - Business/Farming

  • Making Your Small Farm Profitable by Ron Macher
  • A Guide to Illinois Laws Governing Direct Farm Marketing by Rich Schell J.D. - available on-line at
  • Farming Alternatives, Small Farm Series NRAES-32. Contact
  • Building a Sustainable Business developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture - contact or (800)909-6472

Books - Goats

  • The Meat Goats of Caston Creek by Sylvia Tomlinson
  • Year of the Goat by Margaret Hathaway
  • Raising Meat Goats for Profit by Gail Bowman
  • Meat Goats: Their History, Management and Diseases by Stephanie & Allison Mitcham
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats by Maggie Sayer
  • Barnyard in your Backyard by Gail Damerow
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats by Jerry Belanger
  • Diseases of the Goat by John Matthews
  • Sheep and Goat Medicine by D.G. Pugh
  • Farm Animal Surgery by Fubini & Ducharme
  • The Biology of the Goat - CD available at

Books - Other Topics

  • Salad Bar Beef by Joe Salatin
  • Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin
  • Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin
  • Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • Management Intensive Grazing by Jim Gerrish
  • Day Range Poultry by Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman
  • Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game by John J. Mettler Jr., DVM
  • On-Farm Composting Handbook, NRAES-54. Contact