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LH 76: Starting an Organic Backyard Farm

How One Couple Started a Farm in Their Backyard

This podcast helps people live farm fresh without a farm® – from DIY food crafts, to preserving the harvest to growing your own food in small spaces.

But what if you DO want to start a farm??

Emily Aarons and her husband Andrew wanted to do just that. They wanted to start a farm.

Not a big, giant mega-farm, mind you.

They wanted a small farm….in the suburbs.


They wanted their farm to be part of an ordinary neighborhood.

So…they did what any industrious entrepreneur couple does.

They took the leap and did it!

Join me in this week’s podcast as I interview Emily Aarons – certified organic chicken farmer. She sells organic eggs and produce.

And where is that farm located?

In the backyard of her Massachusetts suburban home.

And even if you haven’t considered doing this yourself, you may be curious what it takes to start a certified organic farm in your backyard.

One thing I know for sure – Organic farmers usually have at least two things in common…

A little gumption and big desire to make a difference in the world of sustainable food. Emily and Andrew have both…in droves.

In this episode, you learn:

  • Why Emily and Andrew wanted to start their own farm
  • What sort of regulations/licensing they needed
  • What it means to be certified organic – even in your backyard
  • The truth about commercial egg labeling (+ a link below)
  • How Emily juggles being a new mom & farmer at the same time
  • The 5 most important lessons they have learned so far

Emily Aarons:

Starting a Backyard Farm - LivingHomegrown.comEmily is a multi-passionate “mom-preneur” who blends her passion of sustainable food with holistic wellness practices. She has a private practice as a massage therapist and wellness coach. But she is also an organic chicken farmer and local foodie. She loves to connect with the community to teach people about backyard chickens and living a more sustainable lifestyle.

She and her husband Andrew started an organic farm in their suburban home on just a small portion of their 3 acre property. They have over 90 chickens, 12 ducks and they sell organic produce at their local farm stand.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

The TRUTH About Egg Labeling – blog post

Emily’s Farm-to-Table Family Cookbook – Free ebook

Wicked Cool Chicken School® – wait list

Instagram – for Little North Farm

Facebook – for Little North Farm



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #76


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.