Grow Your Business

This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Latest Activity: Jan 28

Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Will this idea grow?

Started by Paul Giganti. Last reply by Sam Burton Jan 27. 1 Reply

Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Michael White Oct 22, 2015. 8 Replies

Saving a Farmers market

Started by Jeremy Obermeyer. Last reply by Sam Burton Oct 22, 2015. 3 Replies

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Comment by Karen Wortman on May 20, 2010 at 6:33pm

I think it depends on the area. There are several worm farmers in my area and they do a decent job of marketing their product. I do enjoy adding worm casings to my soil when I start a new bed because I have such hard, clay soil.
As with anything, it is all in how you market it.
Comment by Andrew Bodley on May 7, 2010 at 5:07pm
Howdy all, I have a question. How prevalent is worm casings fertilizer? Are worm casing in demand? Are they easy to find? Without just stealing Terracycle’s ideas are there other opportunities in this area?

Group Leader
Comment by Karen Wortman on April 22, 2010 at 9:13pm
Hi Liz,
Absolutely, you are welcome to join us. You are growing a business!

Group Leader
Comment by Karen Wortman on March 3, 2010 at 7:28am
I will have to find a picture for you of the window greenhouse. I will be happy to send it to you.
I market to restaurants that advertise that they use local produce. I start with a letter and then follow up with a person phone call. And, of course word of mouth works great as well

Comment by Mary Lawson on March 2, 2010 at 8:47pm
Would love to see a picture of your window greenhouse! Have plenty of windows to use.
How are you marketing to local restaurants?



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Comment by Karen Wortman on November 18, 2009 at 2:20pm
As to the size of a sustainable farm, there are many variables. There is a lady in North Carolina that has only 5 acres and works full time on her "farm" growing cut flowers for wholesale and retail. There are other people with 100's of acres. Last year, I did my first CSA with 12 families on less then a 1/2 acre of property. With veggies, herbs, and eggs, I grossed around $6,000. Next year I will triple my garden size, double my CSA membership, and sell more herbs to local chefs. I believe the size of the farm has to do more with what you want to "grow" (more land needed for cows and livestock, then veggies) and also how much you can manage. You also must consider your budget and the cost of equipment. We have only been farming since 2005 and I can tell you that it will be quite a while before our income from the farm exceeds our expenses.
Comment by Tim Mitchell on October 23, 2009 at 10:58am
Looking at starting a sustainable farm. Have done a lot of research on the subject. Does anyone have suggestions as to size.
Comment by Steve Wilson on August 9, 2009 at 8:51pm
Good evening! I would like to join the group if I may.

My name is Steve and my wife and I have a small animal feed / landscape supply company in the Kansas City Metro area.

Best wishes,

Comment by Tim Mitchell on August 1, 2009 at 7:09pm
Hello to from Texas.
We love to garden, get ours hands in the dirt and enjoy the sweet tasting rewards of our labor.
Trying to organize thoughts on starting an organic garden business any an all thoughts welcome.
Comment by Chad Beuershausen on July 24, 2009 at 9:49pm
I am currently evaluating the purchase of a landscape company that specializes in residential landscaping. Their focus is mid-to-high end homes ($400k+), and they do irrigation, hardscapes, plants, etc. I am curious if there is a rule of thumb to determine what the appropriate offer should be. The business is good, but they are asking for a lot of goodwill in the price. Any help would be appreciated.


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