Small Farm Resource Centers (SFRCs) coordinate trials on a central site as well as on fields of individual farmers. Their purpose is to evaluate, within the community, ideas that have been proven elsewhere and that show promise. SFRCs are not a new approach to agricultural development - variations on this theme have been in operation in many parts of the world for years. Yet an assessment of the regional efficacy of SFRCs is lacking. This project evaluated seven existing SFRCs in southeast Asia to illustrate the concept of the SFRC, assess outreach efficacy, and derive lessons learned. In the absence of a strong governmental or university-based extension system, SFRCs play a substantial role in smallholder farmer horticulture education and community development, particularly in reaching neglected or marginalized populations. Successful SFRCs showcase proven extension and outreach activities such as demonstrations and farmer-led cooperative research, while at the same time embracing new approaches for dealing with the unique constraints and opportunities of the locality. SFRCs represent an effective and successful agriculture and community development tool, particularly when they improve the link between local farmers and markets. To be effective, SFRCs should be sensitive to the local environment in which they operate and reflect the particular needs of the local communities. Overall, it is our opinion that SFRCs are adaptable and effective tools for meeting the changing needs of the clientele to whom they aspire to serve.