Hobby Farming

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Hobby Farming with Water Quality in Mind:

Successful Backyard Farming While Protecting Our Water Resources


Dozens of hobby farms resided in the Manchaug Pond watershed with the majority located near streams or wetlands that feed Manchaug Pond. Horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, and goats as well as flocks of chickens make up these small hobby farms. Also a few major agricultural land uses and commercial horse stables are also present.
Best management practices (BMP) employed around the barn and in the pasture can make all the difference to the health and safety of the livestock as well as our water resources. Below are a number of publications on pasture management, buffer zones and mud management as well as other issues of concern. For more information on BMP's and raising livestock from poultry to goats to cows and horses, visit the UMASS Extension website.

Simply click on the document icon you’re interested in and it will bring you to a printable PDF file. You can read online, or print for later reference!

Horsekeeping pamphlet

This project has been financed with Federal Funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) under an s. 319 competitive grant. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA or of the Department, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.