The exact step-by-step ROADMAP with built-in community support and expert coaching that will take your farm from struggling to profitably feeding your family, your community, and your freedom!


  • You worry that you don’t have the time, money, resources, or tools to get your farm running at the level you want it to;
  • You feel that the market is too crowded, the conditions are too unpredictable, and you keep running into problems with pests, soil, too much paperwork, and bad hires (just to name a few);
  • You’ve already tried all the courses, books, articles and podcasts — sacrificed hours researching and learning, only to come out feeling more confused than before you started.

Enroll in Small Farm University today and learn how to comfortably double or triple your take-home farm profits and shave 10+ hours off your work week...every week. 

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The Thriving Farmer Vegetable Summit

is now included in SFU!

27+ speakers sharing their expertise on growing, selling and marketing vegetables.

- That's a $197 value alone! -


When you started your farm, you had a VISION...


But the reality? 

The phrase “starving farmer” hits a little too close to home these days...


And instead of living the “grass is greener” dream you set out for, you’ve got 99 #SmallFarmProblems (and too much free time definitely isn’t one).

Maybe you’ve questioned whether you’ve really got what it takes to turn your farm into the profitable, sustainable, full-time gig you dreamed of? Or...

  • Maybe you’re struggling with production issues, inconsistent yield and the sense that you’re leaking time and money — but not knowing the best way to consistently grow top-quality produce and improve your efficiencies across the board.

  • Maybe you’re drowning under dozens of tiny jobs, to-dos, pieces of paper and tasks that beg for your attention every day. (When you thought about quitting your job, you weren’t exactly prepared to trade in one job for twenty… but that’s exactly what you got.)

  • Maybe you’re sick of feeling like you’ve solved a difficult problem, only to find that the “solution” involves even more expensive equipment, tools, or hardware (especially since you already get sweaty palms and palpitations whenever you add up much you’ve spent on your farm so far).

  • Maybe you’re unsure about the best way to get your produce in the hands of the people who need it, want it, and are willing to pay. (Instead, marketing feels like a weird game you’d rather not play — because you signed up to be a farmer... not a salesperson that hawks radishes on street corners.)

  • Maybe you’re just exhausted by the long days, sleepless nights, and the pit in your stomach that says no matter how hard you work, there is always more to be done — yet never enough time for you and the people that matter (AKA the reason why you started this thing in the first place).

Lately, your mornings are feeling a heck of a lot like Groundhog Day…

Except there’s no affable Bill Murray or tricked-out production crew — just a whole lot of stuff that needs to get done... by you. 

From maintenance to planting, harvesting, washing, packing, and more… we’ve barely scratched the surface of what it really takes to keep a small farm up and running. 

Besides doing the actual work of farming, you’re also dealing with administration and finances, team management, planning, sales, marketing, and more.

And that’s just before lunch.


It’s the kind of overwhelm that has you questioning whether the day will ever come when you’re finally able to...

  • Retire your spouse, get off the clock, and enjoy a lazy Tuesday afternoon in each other’s company… without ye’ olde to-do list breathing down your neck.

  • Find that perfect balance between keeping busy, staying active, and taking the time to spend time actually living the life you’ve worked so hard to build.

  • Make a great income doing the work you love and serve your community in a meaningful way — instead of running yourself into the ground with no end in sight.


You keep showing up and shoveling on...


Day in, day out, even though your bones are aching and your brain is fried — all in service of that vision you had when you started. (Remember that?)

Because there’s a part of you that still believes your small farm dreams ARE possible… and there’s another part of you that’s too stubborn to throw in the trowel anyway. 

(Pun intended.) 

If there’s one thing that’s true about farmers, it’s that we’re RESILIENT, RESOURCEFUL, and HARD WORKING as hell (and you’ve got the dirt under your nails to prove it).  

That means one thing: 

You have all the GRIT it takes to turn your farm into the deeply fulfilling, ultra-sustainable and highly profitable small business that you set out to create.


Growing a profitable small farm isn’t always easy… 

...but it can be SIMPLE

You don’t need a complicated silver bullet from the next garden guru — you a need a smart roadmap with strategic support that gives you focus, a way to optimize your efforts across every area of your business, and frees up time for you to focus on what matters.



Hear what SFU Members have to say...

"SFU is the best decision we made for our farm..."

"The SFU is an immeasurable benefit..."

"I am now farming less land and 4X'd my revenue"


These tutorials help you save time, money, and frustration when doing common tasks on the farm...

    LED Perfect Transplant mini-course will help you produce beautiful transplants year-round without an expensive greenhouse.

Normally $47

    Ultimate Germination Chamber tutorial high %, repeatable, germination on crops year-round. Ray Tyler, Erich Schultz, and others are using our method with amazing results.

Normally $47

    Dry Your Greens conversion to help you turn a washing machine into a salad spinner and cut your processing time in half. Featured on The Urban Farmer and used by thousands of small-scale farmers to dry salad, this course

Normally sells for $47

    Build a Bubbler tutorial that takes all the guesswork out of building a bubble washer which helps wash greens, baby roots, and even cucumbers much quicker.

Normally $47

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  • Growing Farmers

    “It hit me that we've almost tripled sales/production while reducing 75% in land size in the last 2 years. I'd call that a win 🙌- Thanks, SFU!”

    Paradise Produce Farm

  • Growing Farmers

    “I'm in SFU and working through the RIPEN material right now. Great info! Super helpful as we plan for next year! Thanks Michael!”


  • Growing Farmers

    “Thank you, Michael! SFU is a HUGE part of my toolbox that I'm building this farm with. Thanks for all you do to support all of us! ”

    The Looney Farm

Your SFU Subscription Includes

  • Access to all courses and summits
  • Workbooks
  • Resources, SOP's and cheat sheets
  • Farmer community & Q+A Sessions



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Small Farm University is built on 4 key areas...

Core Farm Curriculum

Your subscription includes instant access to our RIPEN Roadmap Training System, a proven process for optimizing every area of your small farm in a sequential, step-by-step method that cuts the overwhelm, gives you back your quality of life, and gets you to maximum profitability FAST. 

Rapid-Action Mini Courses

We have 30+ trainings on all sorts of topics to help you grow more efficiently and stay profitable all year round.

 Learn from Michael and other mentor farmers from around the world on everything from winter growing, wash & pack, and farm tech.

Coaching and Mentor Support

Our Q&A calls allow you to submit any question for us to answer in a live video call where we can give you feedback, and point out specific resources that will help you find clarity.

Once a month, we sit down one-on-one and help our members achieve breakthroughs for their most important questions in mini-consulting sessions.

Manuals, SOP's, and Processes

Need an employee manual? Or a detailed, crop by crop harvest manual? What about a Food Safety plan? 

Farm SOP’s? We share over 20 completed manuals that we’ve used or created for clients that you can easily use as a template and adapt to help train your team! 




Plus one-time enrollment fee

Ripen Roadmap Core Training ($1997 Value)

Farmers Market Success Training ($997 Value)

Start Your Farm Intensive ($497 Value)

Monthly Q+A with Michael

SOP’s, Manuals, Cheatsheets ($197)

One-on-One Laser Coaching Calls ($297)

Library of Rapid-Action Mini-Courses ($3997)

The SFU Resource Library

New Content Each Month!

BONUS: 8 Years of our personal small farm plans

Cancel Anytime

Total Value $6282+

$97 Enrollment fee today, then $47 monthly

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Per year

Ripen Roadmap Core Training ($1997 Value)

Farmers Market Success Training ($997 Value)

Start Your Farm Intensive ($497 Value)

Monthly Q+A with Michael

SOP’s, Manuals, Cheatsheets ($197)

One-on-One Laser Coaching Calls ($297)

Library of Rapid-Action Mini-Courses ($3997)

The SFU Resource Library

New Content Each Month!

BONUS: 8 Years of our personal small farm plans

2 Months Free!

Total Value $6282+




Best Value

Ripen Roadmap Core Training ($1997 Value)

Farmers Market Success Training ($997 Value)

Start Your Farm Intensive ($497 Value)

Monthly Q+A with Michael

SOP’s, Manuals, Cheatsheets ($197)

One-on-One Laser Coaching Calls ($297)

Library of Rapid-Action Mini-Courses ($3997)

The SFU Resource Library

New Content Each Month!

BONUS: 8 Years of our personal small farm plans

Never Pay Again

Total Value $6282+

One time $1997

But why should you take our word for it?

This is the exact roadmap we used to scale our farm to $500,811.17 in annual turnover — and it’s how we’ve helped hundreds of farmers create a profitable farm and freedom on their own terms.

When we first started… 

We were probably a lot like you…

To say we were OVERWHELMED would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the century.


We NEVER thought we would be able to pay all the bills. And we struggled with producing crops, finding the right workers, and marketing to the right customers

And then something shifted… 

But it didn’t happen all at once…

First, we RESEARCHED everything… 

  • We devoured every business-building resource we could get our hands on.

  • We studied sales methodologies outside our industry.

  • We learned marketing from the best of the best.

  • We spent thousands of dollars on tools, tips, and tricks (some great, some not so great…).

Next, we put it all to the TEST to see what stuck and what didn’t… 

And the results have been nothing short of BREATHTAKING.

- Our farm and the farms we helped became highly profitable — and we’ve been able to invest back into our farm to feed our growth and create real space in our schedules and lives.

- Our products became the envy of chefs all over, so much so that they started coming to us, instead of the other way around. (Our referral business is booming!)

- Recurring revenue became a large part of our business. We had money we could count on rolling in each month, without the stress of constantly having to market (→ a cash flywheel that keeps on turning).

- We gained back more time than we’d ever had to spend with family, friends, and causes we care about.

- Instead of just barely surviving, we were able to focus on making a lasting impact in our communities. Our farms were able to sustain and enrich our lives… and those in the communities we served as well.

Michael Kilptrick

Michael is a farmer, presenter, inventor, and leader who lives to help farmers apply business principles and practical, proven solutions to grow their businesses and simplify their lives. He has managed large certified organic farms and businesses, consulted for industry experts, and spoken at dozens of conferences.

He is host of the Thriving Farmer Podcast and Thriving Farmer Summit Series.

Dear Farmer,

Michael Kilpatrick here — Growing Farmers lead and fellow farmer geek. 

When we first started way back in 2003, we were probably a lot like you. To say we were OVERWHELMED would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the century.

But through much research, trial and error, and mentorship by some of the best farmers in the US, we achieved our Farm Freedom.
And we want that for you. We created SFU out of the need of our farmers for a continuous support system at an affordable price point. And with the success of hundreds of members, we're excited to be helping to change our food system and impact our communities!

To your small farm freedom,

Your Plan to Succeed

Join Small Farm University.
As soon as you join, you'll go through our more time, more money course which will help you identify quick wins for your farm.

Watch the courses and engage in the community.
Go through the trainings for the stage of farming you are at. This will help you focus on exactly what will move your farm forward.

Start Thriving on your farm!
The trainings, resources and community will provide feedback to help you implement what you need to THRIVE!

Growing Farmers
Rachel Yeats - Director, Handcrafted Produce

“Since joining, we’ve been able to expand our market and our farm simultaneously.
The course contents include and go beyond the focus of crop production and into the why and how of running a successful farm business from all angles.

Having access to all this information and other specialists, covering such a vast range of topics from operations & employees through to sales, marketing, and appropriate ICT has been invaluable as we rapidly scale our enterprises.”

Director, Handcrafted Produce

Growing Farmers
Larry Heidkamp - Owner, Our Farm on Mont Olivet

“Since joining SFU, we’ve more than doubled our gross income this year over last, and the farm is now contributing to our living expenses. I’m a newer small-scale farmer and knew I had a lot to learn. The content taught inside SFU is relevant to what I do every day, with a focus on production, processing, and marketing. I like that everything is recorded for later viewing if I get busy.

Michael and the team present information well, and while the experts they bring in aren’t the conventional big names, they bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise.”

Owner, Our Farm on Mont Olivet

We’ve advised some of the best in the industry — on how to streamline their operations, optimize their farming systems, and get more from their hard work.

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I know you’re tired of thinking about your farm 24/7...
So let us help you simplify and streamline your way towards small farm success:
It’s about time you got a battle-tested ROADMAP for getting your small farm to maximum profitability… without the long hours and lost time.

The one thing that separates the successful farmers from the ones who flounder? A system. And SFU gives you that system.



Listen to SFU members tell us what it means to be a part of the community.