Small Farms

What are Small Farm Workshops?

Many people like the freedom and fun of having an acreage, hobby farm or small farm and the lifestyle it provides.

However it can be harder than it looks to run a small farm whether it is for profit or just lifestyle; especially if the owners do not have a rural background. Many small farm owners do not realise they have to abide by the same legislation and rules as broadacre farmers when it comes to issues such as fire management, pest control and livestock husbandry.

"Small Farms workshops" are run six times a year to provide information and help for small farm owners. The workshops are fun, informal and a great way to network with others in the community.

The workshops are specifically designed for people with a lifestyle block or small farm but the variety of subjects often appeals to many others from larger scale farmers to backyard gardeners. They are a great way to help understand landholder responsibilities; learn basic skills such as fencing, animal care and weed identification; or for something different like goats, ducks and cheese making.

Previous participants have said it is also a great environment to ask those questions you have been wanting to ask, to swap ideas and to share solutions and resources.

If you would like more information or to register for future small farm workshops, please contact the Regional Landcare Facilitators.

Understanding your responsibilities as a South East landholder

If you are a small farm owner or considering buying a small farm or lifestyle block, this booklet will help you understand your legal responsibilities. It is also a useful "go to" guide on who to speak to about biosecurity, weed management, fire, dams and a variety other landholder topics.

More information

  • Regional Landcare Facilitator
    (08) 8735 1177