Grow Your Business

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

Members: 85
Latest Activity: Apr 15

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 Luke Townsley on April 22, 2014 at 8:57am

Damon, I like that! Your auction closed, so I couldn't see it. What is your ebay handle?

Comment by Damon on April 22, 2014 at 4:38am

I've been selling my trolling flies on eBay just to see experiment. People are buying, so I plan to move in a whole new direction. I'm also thinking of doing fly tying demonstrations at various sporting goods stores around town.


Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on April 21, 2014 at 7:30pm

I've gotten a few things in our garden but still behind.  I would like to blame the weather(Like everyone else it has been crazy) but I am behind every year.  I have intentionally been staying away from the computer because once I get on it I don't get anything else done!  Hope everyone had a great Easter!

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Comment by Luke Townsley on April 21, 2014 at 7:05pm

We're late getting going with everything here in Indiana too. I've been trying to catch up on a lot of things as well as get the spring stuff going. 3-4 Chicken houses to build, garden to plant, building a hugelkultur/swale/new garden area, contemplating berries, property design, and new crops. Lots of other stuff too. Oh, and I almost forgot. Trying to make ends meet.

I'm having a ball, but some days I wonder if I should clone myself.

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Comment by Karen Wortman on April 21, 2014 at 6:10pm

My, My, we're a quiet group lately.  :>)  I hope everyone is doing well, busy, but well.  This year has been nonstop for us.  We've grown our cattle herd and have several calves on the ground now.  I've got 5 bottle calves that are being raised on goat's milk.  My newest one arrived this past Thursday from a farm down the road who called and said "if you want her, come get her". 

   I've gotten a few more wholesale accounts for my goat's milk soap and body products.  YEAH!  And am already scheduled for a few trade shows, festivals, and markets.  It is sure to be a very busy year. 

   Added more chickens for eggs and am taking meat birds to the processor next week.  All of this to get ready for the first farmer's market.  My garden is weeks behind as our weather has been totally screwed up.  Hopefully I'll get started this week.  At least I don't do much veggie production for market. 

   Let me know how you are all doing! 

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on March 22, 2014 at 10:55pm

Thanks Sheri! I am praying I get a good response from it.  Best wishes on selling your rental and becoming debt free!  It's a great feeling. We're trying to become debt free again.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on March 22, 2014 at 12:01pm

I keep hearing the weather reports and can't believe what's happening in the east! We only had one freeze this year...hopefully enough for the AZ apples. But our spring started early and now we're sitting in the 80's. Our humidity was down to 4 percent the other day. It's absolutely beautiful..I wish we were planting this year! The downside is that the west is facing drought conditions. Now why can't we share our warmth with the east, and they share their water with the west?

I've been taking contract jobs, and next month we'll be putting our rental on the market. God willing it will sell this spring and we can pay off the house and be debt free. I'm looking forward to doing more workshops here. I miss it!

Jeremy, that's a cool idea! One commercial grower here needed chicken manure, but not eggs, and there's a legal limit to the number of eggs he can sell. He has an adopt-a-chicken program and people pay $39 for 90 days, for which they receive 6 eggs/week. One lady visits her chicken regularly and even sews outfits for it. LOL!

Sam, are you self-publishing your books?

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on March 21, 2014 at 9:42pm

Officially started "Adopt a Chick" today on my facebook site. No responses yet but I do have a few verbal commitments from people that I've asked beforehand. 10 families are my goal.  I am charging $5/month for the child to name it, receive a newsletter, and come out to see it.  For $10/month they get all of that plust 2 dozen eggs/month.

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 14, 2014 at 3:08pm

Hey everyone, can you believe it is the middle of march?  I'd like for Spring to get here in Tennessee.  Our weather is nuts.  highs in the upper 60's one day, drops down to a high of 30 the next. 

we had a huge lose on our farm last week.  one of our cows went into labor and couldn't deliver the calf.  My vet worked for a very long time and unfortunately, the calf was huge and I'll spare you the details (it was horrible)  and we ended up loosing both the momma and the calf.  I understand this is part of farming, but it still hurts.  I didn't even like this cow, but it sure made me cry when we had to put her down.  here I was worried about all of my first time momma's and this cow has had several calves and was the one with the problem. 

     On a happier note, I have a heating & cooling unit set up in my Soap Studio now so I can work no matter what the weather is like.  I'm very excited about this.  My herd share program is off to a wonderful start and I am still getting new customers for my poultry CSA.  Now, it the weather would cooperate, I could actually get some plants in the ground! 

Hope everyone is doing well!

Comment by Sam Burton on February 26, 2014 at 10:38am

One more thing.  I lost my day job back on January 6, so I was pushed out of the nest.  Got some severance which helps and we are debt free with a year's supply of staples and food growing all around us.  I've gotten a lot of writing done in addition to planning this year's CSA and Farmers Markets.  Got a lot in the oven, but need to get some of these books to market. Can't get paid if their still on my laptop.


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