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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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 July 15, 2014 at 7:32pm

Had a bad day at the office. chickens, turkeys, ducks and our two pigs, trampled the fence and got in the garden this morning. Looks like a bombing raid.  It is ravaged. After building new fence, I spent the day assessing damage and salvaging what I could. Totally exhausted now. To tired to even work on my book. Just going to shower and go to bed.

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Comment by Karen Wortman on July 14, 2014 at 7:50pm

Oh I agree Sam.  I'm terrible at typing on my phone.  Glad you're back up and running

Comment by Sam Burton on July 10, 2014 at 3:06pm

Computer back. Yay!

Comment by Sam Burton on July 8, 2014 at 6:39pm

Computer in shop. Phone not much fun for typing. Going to lurk mode for a few days.

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! 


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