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FREE MINI COURSE: 4 Fundamentals of Making Small Farms Work

make a living


earth back to life

FREE MINI COURSE: 4 Fundamentals of Making Small Farms Work

make a living


earth back to life


4 Fundamentals of

Making Small Farms Work

If you learn the ropes of Regenerative Agriculture as well as how to run a business, you can make a good income and lead a great lifestyle whilst building soil, creating habitat and feeding your community epic food.


of Making Small Farms Work

In this free mini course, we’ll tackle four crucial  elements that will give you the clarity and confidence to pursue your farming dreams.


Packed with insights and inspiration, these 500+ straight-talking behind-the-scenes videos from Ridgedale and beyond will motivate you to go out and do wonderful things.

“Another great and educational video. You got me into farming at 27 years old. Thank you for showing the next generation how it is done.”

Off Grid Northwest

“I’ve been watching non-stop for the past month. Your work is truly inspiring. Thank you.”

Toby Zanotti

“Thanks Richard! Great stuff. I’m really appreciating your content. My friend has been raving about you for years and now that I’m watching your videos I can see why! “

Eli Mead

“Just wanted to say your input into this movement is insanely amazing and deeply appreciated. Thank you.”

Jonattan Pichardo

“Thank you for this wealth of knowledge!”

Johnson Rocson

“Just wanted to tell you that your videos make my day! I learn so much!”

Stacy Bradt

“Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge! I am learning so much from your videos while I begin planning a regenerative farm in the States. Your channel has become my go-to space for learning. Thanks again!”

Elaine Snyder

“The usual high quality informative video. These are so worth watching every time. Carry on the good work, Richard.”

David Smith

“Richard, thank you so much. You should make a page Patreon! Your content is valuable beyond money, but it would be nice to show you my/our gratitude for all your hard work and democratization of knowledge.”


“I could just watch you all day period.”

Jim Willeford

“Thanks for making these videos, they are all great and I personally appreciate the time you put into educating and explaining the reasons behind why your processes are the way they are.”

Preston Lett

“Thanks for continuing the videos, Richard, an invaluable resource.”

Torben Schwartz

“Your videos as usual are really enjoyable and full of educational material. Thanks for sharing your experiences.”

pole henge

“Thank you. You got me full swing into farming.”

Maple Tree Private School

“Keep these videos coming! Always makes the day better.”

Raven Tree

“This is extraordinarily inspirational to me…. Thank you for being so open and sharing with your knowledge and experience…”

Nate Muri

“Thank you Richard for sharing. I love learning from REAL TEACHERS like you.”

The Apple’s Food Forest FARMacy

“I always enjoy your videos, they’re extremely inspiring.”

SugarCreek Homestead of Tennessee

“Super cool!! I am impressed and inspired.”

Rayyan Mahameru

“You are such an inspiration, Richard! Sharing is caring, so thank you so much for keep doing it for so long. I wouldn’t be the same without the information you have given us, I really appreciate your work and your passion!”


“Thank you so much for this episode, you’re the best of the best!”

David Zloof

“Amazing operation – may farming go in this direction! Super inspiring!”

Torbjörn Lundaahl

“Thanks for your information packed videos. Ive got a lot of good ideas from your enterprise.”


“Thanks for the great content!”

Jeanne Whitaker

“You are such an inspiration! Thank you and God bless!!!”

Wind Storm

“Great video packed with excellent information! Thanks!”

Heidi D

“I feel that whole wonderful farming circus that you broadcast is starting all over again and I could not feel happier.”


“I am getting great information and inspiration from the book and videos. Thank you, and please keep it up!”

Green Heart Family Farm

“Really like your channel, loads of great information! Thanks!”

Ross Price



30 ha in Wales, bought in 2012 and now include tourism, a no-dig market garden, a new Ridgedale style egg mobile, agroforestry and a small beef herd.


Started in 2019, and serving as a Savory hub for Germany, the farm raises dual purpose cattle, dual purpose poultry and run a no-dig market garden.


An agricultural cooperative situated on a 1.5 hectare orchard on the beautiful Eicherfeld plateau just 10 minutes away from Luxembourg city.


A no-dig market garden, pastured egg-mobile and agroforestry in Normandy, France.


A no-dig market garden and pastured layers situated on a 2.4 hectare plot of land in the valley along the Weser river in Höxter, Germany.


A 2,500 m2 market garden located in a harsh climate 600 meters above sea level, in the very north of Gudbrandsdalen in Norway.


A market garden on rented land in the Danish South Funen Archipelago.


5 hectares of market gardens and orchards on fertile floodplain in Worcestershire, UK in the Vale of Evesham, an area famed for its market gardening heritage.


A 6 hectare diverse family farm on the outskirts of Amsterdam situated in a typical Dutch ‘polder,’ a drained peat swamp 4 meters below sea level.


A classical Norwegian farm of about 27 ha surrounded by the meandering salmon river of Nummedalslågen.


An 8 hectare smallholding in Ringerike, Norway, featuring sheep and a market garden.


A 50 hectare farm with layers, cattle and an on-farm dairy, situated near Roskilde, Denmark.


A 3.2 hectare market garden situated in rolling hills just north of the Alps, near Salzburg.


4100 m2 just outside of Luxembourg sporting a No-dig market garden and laying hens, and mainly run as a CSA.


Grass-fed cattle and sheep on 5 hectares of pasture and 16 hectares of forest plus 5 hectare rented pasture, situated 40 km from Boden in the north of Sweden.


Started in 2016 in Belgium, with extensive glasshouse, high tunnel and field production, the farm also has a shop and kitchen.


A no-dig market garden and a fruit and nut orchard in Oxfordshire, UK.


An 8 ha organic farm in Germany with a 90-share vegetable CSA and cattle on pasture year round, established 2017.


A 30 ha pasture-based farm with beef cows, a ridgedale style egg-mobile amidst agroforestry and a no dig market garden in Southern Sweden.


A market garden in Southern Sweden, which also forms part of a cooperative farm shop.


A diverse small regenerative farm in Donegal, Ireland with an automated Ridgedale-style egg mobile.


4th generation family farm with broilers and cattle that is now marketing direct to customers.



We’re committed to supporting as many regenerative farmers as possible. We do that in a number of ways, e.g. through a huge amount of free content on the blog, book giveaways and our paid programs. We also offer scholarships to our online courses Start the Right Farm and The Regenerative Agriculture Masterclass once a year. We proudly present our 2020 recipients:


With a background in ecology and natural sciences but neither experience in nor knowledge about farming, Dominika and Håkon have purchased a small, rundown farm with the vision of contributing to a more sustainable and healthy food production. They currently operate an alternative bakery, but have a much bigger goal in mind.

“We would really like to change the food-culture. We want to show that it is possible to grow locally, small-scale, sustainably and to build a community of people who understand the importance and the value of ethically produced food – that the extra effort is perhaps also an investment into our climate, our future, kids, grand-kids.”


Neil and his family are moving from Australia to Norway to take over his wife’s family conventional potato farm.

“We want to regenerate the ecosystem and restore the farm to a diverse and resilient enterprise that can send out a ripple effect into the surrounding area that might see more people value nutritious food and where it comes from. We have 2 small kids and we’re looking for a lifestyle where we can spend time together in nature and create a legacy that we will be proud to leave them with.”


Motivated by their daughter’s birth, Antim and his wife Laura took the leap into farming to live a simple life, feel connected with nature and make an environmental impact. Between them they hold two bachelor’s degrees in Horticulture and an M.S. in Organic Horticulture and whilst they are already off to a good start with home deliveries and a farmers market stand, they are starting to feel a bit burned out.

“Our biggest challenge is to identify which enterprises would suit our context and then make a well-organised farm design, including all the necessary elements to make us efficient economically and in the day-to-day work.”


Anna’s farm has been in her family’s ownership for 300 years, so she feels strongly motivated to steward it well. She’s trying to balance making changes with paying the bills by continuing the established conventional pig enterprise whilst converting to organic and expanding into value-added products such as Italian-style cured pork.

“My dream is to create a diverse organic farm that is as self-sufficient as possible while simultaneously feeding people with high-quality produce. I want my farm to provide something for the community, not just smell of pig manure like it used to do.”


A nutritional therapist and home gardener, Joyce’s work at Patagonia has inspired her to make a greater positive impact in the environment.

“My partner just bought a small piece of land in his hometown to be closer to the sea, nature and sun. We want to demonstrate a circular way to farm, regenerate the soil, grow unique products that can add value to local restaurants and provide a place for learning. As a nutritional therapist I’m keen to demonstrate to the community how important nutritious food is for our health.”


Joe and Jen have taken on a farm that was originally bought by Joe’s great-grandfather. Their goal is to pursue responsible land stewardship and provide clean, healthy, and ethically-raised products to their local community.

“We want our community to come and personally experience how their food is raised and understand the broad effects of their food choices. As we are still in the development stage, our greatest challenge is managing a busy farm while still working day jobs.”


When Irena found herself unemployed after a stressful career in finance, she decided to focus on the family homestead that featured goats, chickens, gardens and an orchard. Apart from wanting to make a living off the land, Irena is also keen on revitalising the goat keeping tradition in her region, inspiring young people to come back to work the land.

“I had this dream for a long time. After 5 months of this experiment I can’t see myself in the office anymore. We had great response and big demand for our products (cheese, milk, yoghurt, meat and eggs).”


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