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Start a Fence Company

There’s no doubt about it, building fence is an acquired skill. If you live out in the country, you’ve more than likely seen examples of fences that were not built by professionals.  Ask anyone who has tried to hire a fence company though and they’ll tell you that it’s almost impossible to find affordable, quality companies to build their fences. Continue reading “Start a Fence Company”

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Sell Bagged Salad Mixes

When we sold at farmer’s markets, the folks with bagged salad mixes always sold out.  Every time.  There is a reason grocery stores have such a huge inventory of salad mixes – people love the convenience of premade mixes and are willing to pay for it.

If you have the space, salad greens are a consistent seller and a great addition, especially if you have an existing market to sell to.  When you hear about farmers projecting a $1,000 per week income selling bagged salad mixes, it definitely looks like a prospect to dig deeper into. Continue reading “Sell Bagged Salad Mixes”

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Start Your Own Mealworm Farm

Modified with permission from Pengo

A mealworm farm can be a nice little side business, but it can also play an important role in your food production.  If you raise chickens, ducks or reptiles, you can breed mealworms to provide them with a steady, low cost supply of high protein feed.  That’s how we got started in mealworms years ago, both as a way to save on feed costs and also as a a means of being self sufficient so we could provide food for our chickens even in a disaster scenario.

As it turns out, a mealworm farm is a pretty fun project, especially if you have children.  They can do the regular maintenance and enjoy watching and learning about the life cycles of mealworms as they transform into beetles. Continue reading “Start Your Own Mealworm Farm”

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Small Farm Chicken Hatchery

If you don’t have a lot of space to raise out chicks but have a plentiful fertile egg supply, consider starting a chicken hatchery.  The time and space involved are minimal if you can turn chicks around within a couple of days of hatching.  This works particularly well if you breed harder to find and rare chicken breeds.  Chickens that produce colored eggs have been and will continue to be popular as a niche market.

Chicken Hatchery Initial Investment

Your startup cost will vary depending on the scale.  Do you want to start by selling eggs your own hens hatch or do you plan to hatch large quantities?  There’s a space somewhere in between too.  One of the pros to this income idea is how scalable it is.  You can choose to start small, growing naturally as your flock increases, or you can put extra cash into buying an incubator and brooding setup to get a bigger start as a full-fledged (get it?) chicken hatchery.  A starter incubator will cost about $150-$250 with accessories; expect to pay in the thousands for a commercial setup. Continue reading “Small Farm Chicken Hatchery”

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Turn Waste into Gold by Selling Compost

Selling compost is one of those unexpected benefits of raising livestock. It helps to imagine I’m walking through liquid gold when the muck of winter starts to melt. If you happen to have any to spare–we never do–it’s a great way to add an extra cash flow from something you might otherwise spend a lot of time trying to manage and move out of the way.

There’s a high demand for all kinds of compost: leaves, grass clippings, animal manure, etc. If you can combine these into a finished compost, you can command a higher price. Continue reading “Turn Waste into Gold by Selling Compost”