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: on Wednesday

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

Discussion Forum

Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Luke Townsley Mar 26. 5 Replies

Growing Shurbs, Trees, or Flowers for Profit... Anyone?

Started by Jim Tetterton. Last reply by Jim Tetterton Dec 29, 2014. 8 Replies

Out of the box ideas

Started by Karen Wortman. Last reply by Alek Faber Dec 21, 2014. 11 Replies

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 29, 2012 at 8:27pm

I completed my AI class this week so I will be able to breed my cows without the need of a bull around the farm.  I have to say, I enjoyed the class very much. 

And, **ta-da*** I passed my final inspection for my domestic kitchen license so I will be able to make breads and jellies to sell at the Farmer's Market this year.  Can't wait to get started!

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 22, 2012 at 7:26am

Congratulations Sam!  That is awesome news about your writing gig.  I have signed up for their newsletter so I am sure I'll be reading your articles. 

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on March 21, 2012 at 12:43pm

Congrats on the writing job, Sam!

Aquaponics is going great! We have ours in a PVC greenhouse so we can control extreme conditions. In the winter we use heaters to keep the water warm and in the summer we use a water cooler to keep temps below 100%. So our greenhouse growing season is all year for things like lettuce & some other veggies. Our water never drops below 70 or goes above 90. Tilapia do very well here. I breed Nile and sell the fry to other aquapons, so it pays for itself.

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.


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