It is possible for anyone with courage, imagination and determination to make a good living from producing food sustainably on a small scale for local people.

How to start a small farming enterprise

Some of the greatest small farming entrepreneurs in the world have shared everything about how they do it, so you can too.

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    Pioneer model farms

    Inspirational farms show how you can start a small farming enterprise that supplies locally, grows sustainably and operates profitably.

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  • Courses, videos and books

    The pioneer farms have produced a huge range of materials for others to follow. Our top picks.

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  • Training opportunities

    There are many organisations keen to help expand small-scale farming. Make the most of it!

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Selling to local markets

Local selling opportunities and inspirational examples from elsewhere.


Selling food locally through online shops

Information on the great websites that let you to take a shop or farmers market online.

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Plaw Hatch Farm sells all its produce and more through its on-site shop

6000 customers per month buy direct from Sussex biodynamic farm.

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Small enterprise success stories

Stories of inspirational food enterprises across the UK and elsewhere.

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