A master plan integrates high levels of crop and habitat diversity to make this farm an ecologically vibrant and economically viable place for new farmers and community members to learn sustainable agricultural practices.

Big Small Farm, Central Florida

The 387-acre Big Small farm is envisioned as an incubator farm for farmer training, innovative agricultural practices, and farm and food education in Central Florida. Design plans were developed during 2013-2014 in a series of advanced permaculture design workshops lead by Regenerative Design Group principal Jono Neiger.

The diverse conditions of the property are ideal for supporting multiple agricultural operations such as intensive row cropping, agroforestry and tree crops, aquaculture, and rotational grazing of  livestock for dairy and beyond. Detailed management plans for sensitive habitat areas will help to improve their ecological health and yield non-timber forest products.

The master plan for this farm includes innovative agriculture strategies such as alley cropping. Alley cropping is an agroforestry practice where crops are grown in the “alleyways” between widely spaced rows of woody perennial fruit or timber species. By combining annual and perennial crops that yield multiple products and profits at different times, a farmer can use available space, time, and resources more effectively. Plantings to enhance wildlife and pollinator habitat can also be integrated into the rows and “alleyways”.

Key Features

  • Farm incubator planning
  • Education and demonstration center
  • Alley cropping
  • Rotational grazing
  • Non-timber tree crops
  • Timber and processing facilities
  • Aquaculture
  • Managed conservation land

Services Provided

  • Long-term organizational visioning
  • Master planning
  • Schematic site design
  • Sustainable agricultural management plan
  • Educational workshops

The 387-acre Big Small Farm is a hub of farmer training, innovative agricultural practices, and farm and food education in Central Florida. The diverse conditions of the property support multiple agricultural operations like intensive row cropping, agroforestry and tree crops, aquaculture, and small and large livestock for dairy and beyond. There are also sensitive habitat areas that are carefully managed to regain their ecological health and yield non-timber forest products.

Big Small Farm Master Plan