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How can farmers diversify? Build resilient revenue streams through expanding offerings with farm stays, producing your fuel, or teaching traditional farming and craft skills long lost in today's world. Canning, Farm Stay, Farm, Revenue Streams, Garden, Diversify
How Can Farmers Diversify? - Grit
How can farmers diversify? Build resilient revenue streams through expanding offerings with farm stays, producing your fuel, or teaching traditional farming and craft skills long lost in today's world.
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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure - Countryside
Poop for Profit! Gardeners everywhere are buying composted manure, and your stalls are full of It! Check our these tips for selling manure
there are many different types of potatoes in the bins on the table, including red and purple
How to Become a Vendor at Farmers Markets - Grit
Cut flowers, honey, eggs, homemade soap, extra produce and more....if your farm or homestead generates more product than you can personally use becoming a vendor at a local farmers market can be a good way to make some extra income. Learn how to become a vendor with these practical tips and tricks to get you started.
there are many different types of potatoes in the bins on the table, including red and purple
How to Become a Vendor at Farmers Markets - Grit
Farmers markets have long been a staple of agricultural communities as a way to connect farmers with their customers, to build local economies, and to distribute high-quality goods you may not be able to find elsewhere. Learn how to become a vendor at farmers markets with these practical tips and tricks to get you started.
many plants are growing in black pots on the dirt path between trees and mulch
12 Tips for Starting a Nursery Business from Home - Countryside
I purchased my one-acre homestead for its location, mature trees, and potential to grow rows and rows of vegetables. Author Kenny Coogan shares tips for starting a nursery business from home.
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Raising Reindeer: Reindeer Don’t Always Live At The North Pole - Grit
Not all reindeer live at the North Pole. The Brueck family near Centreville, Michigan, is raising reindeer to spread holiday cheer at shows in November and December.
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Making a Wreath - Countryside
Why buy it when you can make one? Wreaths would also be a fun thing to include in a farm store or roadside stand for a little extra homestead income for the holidays! Here's a step by step guide
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Putting Agritourism Ideas to Work on Family Farms - Countryside
Farming is tough. But agritourism ideas can help people pay bills and create the lives they want for their families.
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10 Agritourism Ideas for Your Farm - Countryside
Agritourism, while it sounds fancy, is not a new concept. Earning extra cash on your farm is possible with these agritourism ideas.
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Students Adopt Chickens - Backyard Poultry
Meet the Strong family who run a nonprofit farm with a mission defined as a "historic agricultural education center where children, individuals, families and community groups can experience an authentic family farm environment."
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Growing and Marketing Bulb Plants - Countryside
Experimenting with new ways to earn an income from our small farm, we recently discovered the possibilities of spring flower bulb plants, shares author Lew Small. We had a lot of success with them on our small farm, and I think that spring bulbs have the potential to be profitable for almost anyone with knowledge of growing, a suitable climate, and some room - learn how below!
two baby goats sitting on the ground next to each other
Starting a Petting Zoo Business - Countryside
Have you ever thought of starting a petting zoo business? Have you ever smiled at a toddler following a goat on unsteady legs, giggling delightedly, pudgy little arms outstretched? In addition to all these warm fuzzies, do you need to bring in some extra money to pay the bills each month? Then why not make use of the resources you already have on hand — farm animals, land, and a love of sharing them with others
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Marketing Your Farm Fresh Local Eggs - Backyard Poultry
We farmers and homesteaders typically operate on a tight budget. Feeding animals, growing and caring for crops, and maintaining a clean and healthy farm is not a cheap endeavor. This is why it's important to make sure our time and advertising dollars are spent as efficiently as possible! In this article, we will go over the basics of creating a brand and marketing plan for your farm.
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Top 10 Best Chickens for Eggs - Backyard Poultry
If you're in the business of selling eggs, it's important to have the best chickens for eggs. Whether they're green, brown or white, those eggs are the commodity you're selling so they've got to be top-notch and plentiful. Check out our suggestions for the top 10 best chickens for laying eggs below:
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Announcing USDA Grants to Expand Poultry Processing
The USDA has announced grants to expand poultry processing. Small farms are eligible and workforce training is included. Some applications due this May - learn more below.