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: May 17

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 Sam Burton Apr 26. 7 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 Sam Burton on June 29, 2014 at 6:35pm

I'm converting one of my old aquaponics systems into a flood and drain hydroponics unit. Should work well. The biggest task will be keeping the pH balance because the system is outside in the open and it does rain once in a while.

Comment by Sam Burton on June 27, 2014 at 6:14am

Finally got my first tomatoes of the season. Have had squash and cukes for a few weeks,  but got my tomatoes out a bit late. So yummy. Why would anyone buy a supermarket tomato?

Comment by Sam Burton on June 17, 2014 at 5:14am

Big heatwave hit yesterday. It's going to be a dandy, because the humidity is so very high.  Gotta take special care to ensure livestock have plenty of water and access to shade.  What's it like where you are?

Comment by Sam Burton on June 15, 2014 at 6:17am

Just wanted to wish a Happy Fathers Day to all for whom it applies. For the rest of you, have an awesome Sunday.

Comment by Sam Burton on June 6, 2014 at 5:01am

Karen, good for you on the soap front.

Sorry about the chickens, though.

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Comment by Karen Wortman on June 5, 2014 at 8:02pm

Nice to see you guys here again. I have been terrible.  I've been so busy I don't have time for anything.  I've been devoting a lot of time to my Goat's Milk Soap Business.  I attended a conference that was sponsored by Inc magazine and it was awesome.  They even matched me with a CEO who is going to mentor me.  He has been wonderful.  I met with his VP of sales today and she gave me a list of over 400 retail establishments with owner/buyer contact information so I can start sending out my wholesale line sheets and business info.  I am really going to devote a lot of time to selling my products wholesale.  I am attending a Pick TN Products tradeshow next week as well. 

I am milking 5 goats right now and have more that will be joining the milking lines soon.  I have more then enough milk for my soaps and lotions so I've been raising bottle calves.  I weaned 4 and ended up having a neighbor farmer give me two more little girls.  The girls will help build our beef cattle operation and the little boy calves will be heading to the sale barn soon. 

   I have turkeys coming in the end of the month.  I have terrible luck with laying hens again.  I put up electric netting because of the last time some dogs whipped me out and today while I was in town, those #&)(*^(*^_(&* dogs were back.  They killed 8 of my layers including Little Red Hen who's been here forever.  I told my husband I am out of the bird business.  I'll sell the 25 young, almost ready to lay pullets and just keep a few hens for us.  It amazes me that people let little Fido run loose and then wonder why people shoot stray dogs. 

  Sam, your new book sounds wonderful.  Luke, good luck with new job.  I still work a corporate job as well.....I really want to get my Girly Goats business bringing in enough to quit.  That is my primary goal! 

Comment by Sam Burton on June 4, 2014 at 6:16am

Wind blew down my garden fence yesterday. Woke up this morning and discover our ducks and one of our pigs roaming among the plants. Never a good thing. Yikes.

Got them cleared out and fence repaired. Quite and adrenalin rush first thing in the a.m.

Comment by Sam Burton on June 2, 2014 at 4:51am

I've finally carved out the time to work on a really exciting book project. I've had it in my mind to write this book for more than a decade. I call it, "Life Lessons From A Lead Dog: Heartwarming Tales and Amusing Anecdotes from Thirty years with sled dogs". It's kind of a "Chicken Soup" meets "Zig Ziglar" kind of thing. Every chapter is now outlined.  I'm psyched and so is my wife. This is one of two books she's been eager for me to get done.

Comment by Luke Townsley on May 28, 2014 at 6:49pm

I've taken a job that will likely keep me employed for 6-12 months and with decent pay. I'm not excited about being gone that much, but really needed to catch up on some bills, so it is a step backwards to go forward.

As for the farm, our first batch this season of meat birds (100 Heritage Whites) is nearly ready, we are down to about 80 layers, a few guineas, and are getting 20 heritage turkeys this week and a few muscovy ducks in July as well as 100 more layers and more meat birds.

We are also making plans to do a greenhouse and aquaponic setup this fall. We have been selling some salad greens with our eggs, so know we will be able to move some greens through the winter.

As for my website at unCommonHeritage.com, I was working overtime for a while, and it had to take a temporary back seat, but I'm getting a new video camera (I've been shooting with an old still camera) and microphone and want to keep the videos coming as well as the occasional blog post.

I'm still pondering the wisdom of doing a podcast. I think it would be great, but have trouble seeing how to fit it in right now, so I'm going to concentrate more on trying to get out a video every week or so until I can figure it out.

Comment by Sam Burton on May 28, 2014 at 4:46am

I see I'm not the only person who has been away for a while. I've been really busy getting my businesses up and running. Perhaps crawling is a better description. I hope y'all are doing ok out there. I'm sorry I've been so neglectful of you. What's the news out there?  As for me, the farming is ticking over. This time of year, as y'all know, it's long hours of work and short hours of sleep. Writing has taken a back seat, which is unfortunate, because that's a much better long term opportunity. My wife and I sat down a couple weeks ago to talk about it. I asked her to help me reorganize my focus and she was awesome. She came up with some fantastic suggestions. It was like a hundred lights came on. The Bible says, "Two are better than one..." Ok, now it's your turn.


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