Small Farm Institute

About Us

Mission Statement:

The small farmer institute mission is to serve the new, disadvantaged, minority, underserved, women, and veteran farmer in Louisiana; through outreach, education, hands on training, provide resources, introduce new technological innovations and assist farmers with making sound decisions for a successful agriculture business.


  • To assist small new, beginning, women and veteran farmers and landowners in achieving the small farm dream.
  • To educate and provide information on emerging agriculture trends and science base practices.
  • To assisting farmers in generating and maintaining an income that supports their families and communities.
  • To serve as an incubator of small farmers information in Louisiana
  • To provide materials for bilingual farmers and personnel

 Small Farmer Definition:

A small farmer is defined as one that grows and sells between $1,000 and $250,000 per year in agricultural products. These farmers could include:

  • Growers working with plants in greenhouses.
  • Ethnic minority farmers.
  • Farmers with limited resources.
  • Hobby farmers, retirement farmers, lifestyle farmers.
  • Farmers who sell directly to consumers
    • Through farmers markets, CSA’s and other marketing channels not a part of the traditional, wholesale distribution chain.
  • Farmers who do not monocrop, including those who grow vegetables or fruits while also raising livestock.

    Source: USDA, Small Farms, Big Differences, 11 March 2021.


Emergent Subjects:

  1. Livestock Operations – (Cow/Calf/Sheep/Goat/Poultry)
  2. Vegetable/Hemp Production
  3. Forestry/Tree Management (Fruit, Nut, Timber)
  4. Seafood/ Crawfish Production
  5. On Farm Readiness
  6. Certifications
  7. Initiatives
  8. Technology
  9. Equestrian
  10. Continuing Education Programs
    1. Wisteria Alliance- Women in Agriculture Program
    2. Small Farm Academy
  • Enhancing Capacity of Small Farms and Businesses



Contact Information
 Brian Keith Phillips, Ph.D.
Associate Agricultural Specialist
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-3532 


Zanetta Augustine, M.S.
Agricultural Specialist and Program Leader ANR
State Office (EBR)
P.O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office: (225) 771-2591


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