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

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Will this idea grow?

Started by Paul Giganti. Last reply by Sam Burton Jan 27. 1 Reply

Permaculture, the new future?

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Saving a Farmers market

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Comment by Sam Burton on September 23, 2014 at 5:06am

Luke, I think you'll love the taste of the turkeys. We've done them 4 years now, I think. This will be the last. We tried breeding them three years ago and had  a good hatch, but the hen led her babies out into a rain storm where they drowned in a puddle, less than 8 feet from shelter. Turkeys are profitable, but it's too hard to keep them contained. They are the only animals that have ever caused neighbor problems for us. I just don't have the patience for them anymore. But for those who do, they are a great way to turn a profit. I can get $60 a bird easy, and last minute orders can get you a cool $100 if you're in the right location. 

Comment by Luke Townsley on September 20, 2014 at 9:25am

Our growing season is winding down here in Indiana, but we still have a few things in the garden and haven't processed our 15 turkeys yet.

This is our first year for heritage turkeys, and I think they have a month or so left, but I'm thinking about processing one just to try it and see how they are.
I'm also seriously considering keeping a tom and a couple hens to hatch eggs/brood poults next year.

They are totally free range now and this morning they were on the roof of the house. Yesterday, they were at the neighbor's back door. :(

Comment by Sam Burton on September 9, 2014 at 6:50pm

We got out of sheep several years ago, because a. we don't like lamb and b. we don't like shearing.  We had hair sheep for a while and enjoyed them, just not the meat.  We love goat meat and goats milk. Goat is the most consumed meat in the world. I just can't kill them anymore.  Our customers understand. Most of them are more than willing to take older chickens instead. Sounds weird, but it's true. Tom, we did have a problem when we stopped selling goats milk last year because many of our customers bought it because they're lactose intolerant because their children needed it for some other health reason. It wasn't graceful at all. Keeping up with state regulations just got too hard.

Comment by Tom Nichols on September 5, 2014 at 9:26am

I've always said, I'm a sheep man because, I'm too poor to raise cattle and too proud to raise goats, so I think getting out of goats is a good thing. Make room for something new!

Dan talks about killing 15% of your business each year to make way for new, which I am trying to do this year. My problem is, how do you gracefully do this when the part of your business you want to kill involves other people who are dependent on the service you provide?  

Comment by Sam Burton on September 5, 2014 at 4:55am

Looks like we're going to get out of goats for a while.  Kind of sad, but necessary.  But...we're increasing the chicken and duck population. The birds pay for themselves, the goats don't.  Basic economics.

Comment by Sam Burton on September 1, 2014 at 7:25pm

Pickleworms.Never heard of them before this year. Now they are all over my squash and cucumbers. They are a moth larvae and do to the fruit what squash vine borers do in the spring. Not fun. The chickens, turkeys and ducks are happy though. They're getting all the squash AND the surprise inside.

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on August 24, 2014 at 7:10pm

Luke, sorry to hear about your chickens and Sam, that is wonderful news!


Comment by Sam Burton on August 24, 2014 at 5:27pm

In happier news, the restaurant that buys our eggs told us that customers are loving them. A vegan lady even ate one yesterday. She told the owner that if the chickens were free range she would try it. She loved it.  Its nice to have a win once in a while.

Comment by Sam Burton on August 24, 2014 at 5:25pm

So sorry to hear that, Luke. Been there, but with a pack of dogs.  My wife went out one morning about 3 years ago (I was at the office) and the chicken tractor was ripped open with 37 birds scattered across the field. One came back the next night and got a couple more. I caught the offender. he died of 'lead poisoning'.  We lost a lot of money that season. It's one of the reasons we got out of the meat bird business.  This heat has been brutal. I lost a rabbit yesterday to it.  I know sympathy doesn't help.  I remember Joel Salatin lost at least 100 in a flood once. It's part of the game, but not the part we like. 

Comment by Luke Townsley on August 23, 2014 at 7:32pm

Bad day on the farm. Lost 38 meat birds to the heat and may still loose a couple more. About 58 left, nearly all cockerels. They were grown and probably would have rendered around 200 lbs of meat.



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