Small Acreage

Using Our Land and Water Resources in a Productive, Environmentally Friendly Way

As more people make Utah their home, our traditional farms are being divided into small acreage home lots. Many small acreage owners would like to have verdant green pastures to raise horses, calves, or sheep. An additional chentele of urban or backyard farming group also are looking for growing some of their own food supply.  This website provides the education and guidance owners need to sucessfully maintain a healthy system.  To check for upcoming workshops or events, click on CALENDAR and search by month.

Evaluate What You Have...

The first step in developing a management plan is to look around, make a sketch and take a few notes about your property. Be sure to include....

  • Property boundaries
  • Fences and corrals
  • Buildings
  • Wells (human or stock)
  • Septic Systems
  • Streams, wetlands, and ponds
  • Bare ground
  • Weeds
  • Lawn, pasture or crop land
  • Trees or shrubs
  • Soil type (refer to your county soil survey from the USDA NRCS)
  • Depth to groundwater
  • Neighboring land
  • Flat or sloped ground

Make a Plan

Once you've looked at your property and identified your goals, develop a management plan for reaching them. Remember, even if you like things just the way they are, you will need to do something to keep weeds from coming in and to keep the water clean! With some basic maintenance your land will stay vigorous and productive for many years.

What are Your Goals

  • What do you want?
  • What can your land and resources support?
  • Animal grazing? How many?
  • Hay production?
  • Wildlife habitat?
  • A fish pond?
  • A 4-H livestock project?
  • A riding arena?
  • Native plants?
  • Seclusion?
  • Pretty vistas?
  • Non-irrigated pasture?
  • Something else?

Are your goals realistic for your property?