General Information

SARE Outreach; Patapsco Building, Suite 1122
College Park, MD 20742-6715;
  • SARE is a nationwide grant-making and education program with the mission of advancing sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture. SARE Outreach produces information on sustainable agriculture, primarily based on SARE research results.
  • P.O. Box 3838, Butte, MT 59702; (800) 275-6228
  • Provides assistance and resources to farmers and other ag professionals. ATTRA has a tremendous amount of information on nearly every agricultural enterprise, including sustainable poultry.
  • USDA National Agricultural Library Rm. 132, Beltsville, MD 20705
  • (301) 504-6559
  • Provides online information resources, referrals and database searching, with specialized information on organic production.
  • P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312; (919) 542-5704
  • The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy protects genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds


  • SARE; (301) 374-9696
  • This in-depth guide brings the business planning process alive to help transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Free download online.
  • Good Earth Publications; (540) 261-8775
  • Good Earth Publications; (540) 261-8775
  • Norton Creek Press; 36475 Norton Creek Road, Blodgett, OR 97326
  • P.O. Box 85, Hughesville, PA 17737-0085
  • (570) 584-2309
  • By Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms
  • Published by Acres U.S.A.; (800) 355-5313
  • APPPA; P.O. Box 85, Hughesville, PA 17737-0085
  • 570) 584-2309
  • A comprehensive collection of informative Grit! articles written by pastured-poultry producers for pastured-poultry producers.
  • The Stockman Grass Farmer; P.O. Box 2300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-9911; (800) 748-9808
  • This monthly magazine is devoted to the art and science of turning grass into cash.
  • Storey Publishing; 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247; (800) 441-5700
  • Norton Creek Press; 36475 Norton Creek Road, Blodgett, OR 97326
  • Acres U.S.A.; (800) 355-5313
  • This 395-page book, written by SARE grantee Kelly Klober, offers valuable insight into rare, heritage and heirloom breed selection, chick raising, breeding and marketing for meat and egg production.

Online Sources

  • A comprehensive, free guide to raising heritage turkeys.
  • Available with membership to APPPA.
(800) 233-3935
  • A state-by-state listing of USDA and state-inspected processors that work with farmers.
  • This 28-page guide from Cornell University on regulations is specific to New York, but has good general information.
  • Find online cost calculators for poultry production and processing; and guidebooks (free PDF downloads) on building an on-farm poultry processing facility, food safety and licensing.
  • NMPAN is a national network of people and organizations creating and supporting appropriate-scale meat processing infrastructure for niche meat markets. NMPAN provides information and resources to processors, producers, buyers, regulators and others.
  • Compiled by NMPAN, this document covers the state-by-state laws concerning the federal on-farm poultry slaughtering exemption.
Pastured Poultry Budget Calculators

There are many budget tools available online to help pastured poultry producers calculate costs and returns. Here is a sampling: