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Questions about Mini Farms

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by longlegz86, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chirping

    Oct 23, 2012
    Rutherfordton NC
    I was wondering.....What do you have to have to be considered a mini farm? Chickens? Garden? Small space? Im trying to figure out if what Im planning on doing is going to be considered one or not................ Thanks

  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I think that varies a bit by person. To me i think a mini farm is acreage with livestock and/or crops.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
  4. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chirping

    Oct 23, 2012
    Rutherfordton NC
  5. ScottnLydia

    ScottnLydia Songster

    Jul 16, 2011
    We have 1 acre, but it's packed! We raise chickens for eggs and meat, breed turkeys for meat, and have about 20 to 30 head of sheep, at any given time. We also have a large garden area which usually provides us with many of our veg needs, both fresh and to put up. I say usually because this summer it got burned down by too much heat.

    We supply almost all our meat needs, except pork and fish. We occasionally buy some beef, but the lamb is just so good we just don't miss it. I can fish the river for trout, and some day we hope to have a greenhouse for winter veg with aquaponic system to raise some kind of fish in there.

    Our insurance lists us as a "hobby farm", but hey, we're serious! I prefer the British term of "small holding".

  6. DennisK

    DennisK Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    Paicines, Ca
    Is there some legal significance to the term "Mini Farm"?
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    The definitions vary, based on what you're looking for here. Some local County zoning requires 10 acres, in a zoned Agricultural zoning to qualify. States like Michigan have a farm status, for tax purposes, based on the farm producing $1000 worth of livestock and/or crops per annum. This is just two examples of which one, either, or neither might apply to the same property otherwise.

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