Grow Your Business

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

Members: 91
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?

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Permaculture, the new future?

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Saving a Farmers market

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Comment by Sam Burton on March 21, 2012 at 8:10am

Got my first outside writing gig.  I am going to be a regular columnist for the American Preppers Network.  I'll be writing two weekly articles on Homesteading and How to get started in Preparations.  I'm looking forward to it. 

Comment by Sam Burton on March 21, 2012 at 8:08am

Welcome aboard, Sheri.  You are in the right place.  We go through spells where we talk a lot, like winter and rainy days, and times of relative quiet. 

How is the aquaponics gardening working out for you?  We have some Tilapia, bluegill and catfish.  We have one aquaponics garden in our garage for winter growing and because the Tilapia don't like the cold.  We're building our outdoor one that we will move our bluegill and catfish to because they can handle the cold better.

Good luck with all your classes, etc. Please do share. We love to swap stories around here while we're cleaning the dirt out from under our fingernails.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on March 20, 2012 at 11:00pm

Thank you, Karen! I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. :)

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 20, 2012 at 7:10pm

Welcome Sheri!  Glad to have you here with us.  We've all been a little quiet lately but that comes with farming/homesteading/growing this time of year. 

Classes and workshops have been a big part of our farm income.  Every year our classes get bigger.  This year I am actually booked every weekend until July.  It sounds like you are well on your way to success!

Again, welcome.  Glad to have you here!

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on March 20, 2012 at 1:36pm

Wow, I didn't realize this group was here!  I was prepared to start an group for this, but did a little search first.I'm glad to find it!

My husband and I raise our own beef, pork, chickens (meat and eggs), fish and veggies. We do aquaponics for the fish and part of our garden.

I've been selling enough eggs to pay for our chickens, and we sell enough tilapia fry to pay for our gardening. As a result, our grocery bill is reduced to around $100 - $150/month.

We're starting to run classes--we've run classes in aquaponics and poultry processing. We're hoping to "retire" into this business, and it appears there's quite a hidden market for the information. Life is good!

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 15, 2012 at 9:41am

Hey Sam,

    It is definately getting busy here.  And, our weather is crazy.  We've been in the 80's the last couple of days. I know that will change again. We always get one more heavy frost.  But I have the early veggies either growing in the greenhouse or ready to cover if needed.  Hubby has tilled the big garden spot up and it is ready.  I got 100 of the meat chickens yesterday and have those under the heat lamps.  I know 6 weeks from now, I will be ready for them to go away.  My cow finally had her calf yesterday.  A beautiful bull calf.  I am taking a class the end of the month to learn how to Artificially Inseminate the cows so I don't have to have a bull around.  My vet is going to help me get started. I am excited to learn something new.  I am going to an Amish auction the 1st weekend in April to pick up more laying hens.  I go to this auction every year and always get some great birds.  My goats have started giving birth but I still have several that will deliver in the next 30 days.  Most of my babies are already spoken for (even before they are born).  It's going to be a great year I think!

Comment by Sam Burton on March 14, 2012 at 12:25pm

Just checking in, Y'all.  Everyone must be pretty busy right now.  We have all kinds of baby goats, we have piglets, one calf and at least one in the oven to be born in summer.  I have tanks with Tilapia and some with bluegill and a few catfish.  Will be adding another breed of Tilapia in a couple weeks.  Our sun room is loaded with seedlings ready to transplant.  We will be eating our first cherry tomatoes of the season very soon.  The plants are loaded with beautiful green orbs. That's one of the joys of a south facing sun room.  I have some early Roma tomatoes, some early bell pepper and some early jalapenos in there, too.  I'm going to start transplanting cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower tonight.  The wife and I are in divide and conquer mode this week.  She's doing the milking and feeding in the evenings and I'm getting the garden taken care of. Once Daylight Savings Time hits, it's all systems are GO.

Comment by Sam Burton on February 25, 2012 at 4:18am

Had a health scare this week. Thought I was having a heart attack, turned out to be bad reflux. Found out I have an ulcer.  The stress twitching in my hands, arms and legs has returned after being under control for two years.  My blood pressure was 170/115.  These are not good signs.  To add insult to injury, I have carpal tunnel and am typing very little these days. I haven't blogged in two weeks and I update here very rarely right now. Typing is uncomfortable.  Getting old, stinks.

Comment by Sam Burton on February 25, 2012 at 4:11am

Had two single births this week.  Well, one was triplets, but two were stillborn. We've got 6 bottle babies, two weaned and two on their mammas.  We still have, I think, four does yet to kid.  Our sow is due at the end of March, but her belly is dragging the ground already.  I'm processing rabbits today and need to start on pigs soon.  It's time.

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Comment by Karen Wortman on February 20, 2012 at 12:01pm

Congrats on the meat goats and the other babies Sam.  I LOVE kidding season.  One of my nubians had her kid (just a single which is disappointing considering she ALWAYS has twins) and another of the girls is in labor as I type.  Olivia had triplets last season and I have to keep an eye on her because sometimes with that many babies, she will have one that gets twisted around. 

  Our little bottle baby angus heifer is doing great.  And, my soap making classes are booked through the end of May....Things are looking good this year so far



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