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Post  countrynaturals on 4/28/2018, 11:57 am

Anybody grow anything to sell? Gourds? Bamboo? Loofas? Aloe? Agave, cat grass? 

We have a chance to purchase more land than we really need, but if it could produce a little extra income, it might be a great idea. We're all getting older, so actual food-farming-for-sale would be way too labor-intensive, but some kind of specialty farming to a niche market could work nicely and help fill the sanctuary coffers between charity events. Any thoughts? Ideas?
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Post  sanderson on 4/28/2018, 2:52 pm

I bought seeds for birdhouse gourds and luffa this spring from baker creek. Just as a lark. Bamboo is invasive. I'll keep thinking what might work for northern CA.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/28/2018, 9:01 pm

Thoughts:
Lavender
Coixseed/Job's tears for beads
Cut flowers -- and/or perhaps "everlastings" that dry well like strawflowers?
Willow (in different colors, for basket weavers)
Plants used for natural dyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/29/2018, 12:25 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Thoughts:
Lavender
Coixseed/Job's tears for beads
Cut flowers -- and/or perhaps "everlastings" that dry well like strawflowers?
Willow (in different colors, for basket weavers)
Plants used for natural dyes
Awesome, Beetles!  thanks  Gotta go look up Job's tears and Coixseed for beads. 
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Post  llama momma on 4/29/2018, 3:25 pm

Lavender  !!
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/29/2018, 7:29 pm

@llama momma wrote:Lavender  !!
I can't even imagine getting paid to play with lavender.  I love you
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Post  jim022659 on 4/29/2018, 7:35 pm

you can always do the prepay for food thing. I forget what its called but bascillly peope prepay you to grow food for them and you just put x amount in boxes and the come to you to pick them up or you could deliver it.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/29/2018, 7:56 pm

@jim022659 wrote:you can always do the prepay for food thing. I forget what its called but bascillly peope prepay you to grow food for them and you just put x amount in boxes and the come to you to pick them up or you could deliver it.
Good idea, but that's harder than I want to work. I'm just looking for a fun little biz to supplement our income.
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 4/29/2018, 10:18 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@jim022659 wrote:you can always do the prepay for food thing. I forget what its called but bascillly peope prepay you to grow food for them and you just put x amount in boxes and the come to you to pick them up or you could deliver it.
Good idea, but that's harder than I want to work. I'm just looking for a fun little biz to supplement our income.

Bees with flow through hive and raw honey sales?

Ginseng?  If you get cold enough.  Takes years but apparently you can make just as much selling seeds and saplings as waiting for the roots to mature.

Or lavender and sell to the artisan soap making market.

Or just about any kind of orchard or mixed small orchard with an honor system type fruit stand by the road?  Or will the honor system result in the fruit and honor box being gone?

Pretty much everything ive read is it is a lot of marketing and sales hustle to make money because the people that are willing to pay are basically need weekly volume.

I just had an idea, do you have CSAs in your area?  Could you contact them find a 'customer' for infrequent delivers from you but be something they could use to top up their weekly boxes when you have it?

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/29/2018, 11:49 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@jim022659 wrote:you can always do the prepay for food thing. I forget what its called but bascillly peope prepay you to grow food for them and you just put x amount in boxes and the come to you to pick them up or you could deliver it.
Good idea, but that's harder than I want to work. I'm just looking for a fun little biz to supplement our income.

Bees with flow through hive and raw honey sales?

Ginseng?  If you get cold enough.  Takes years but apparently you can make just as much selling seeds and saplings as waiting for the roots to mature.

Or lavender and sell to the artisan soap making market.

Or just about any kind of orchard or mixed small orchard with an honor system type fruit stand by the road?  Or will the honor system result in the fruit and honor box being gone?

Pretty much everything ive read is it is a lot of marketing and sales hustle to make money because the people that are willing to pay are basically need weekly volume.

I just had an idea, do you have CSAs in your area?  Could you contact them find a 'customer' for infrequent delivers from you but be something they could use to top up their weekly boxes when you have it?
What are CSAs? 

Honey sounds good, and lavender. I wish we could grow ginseng, but our climate isn't right -- too hot and dry.  Sad
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 4/30/2018, 1:00 am

CSA = community supported agricultureagriculture.  Basically its were people buy a 'share' memebrship in a farm coop and get a weekly food box of what the coop has.  

https://www.localharvest.org/redding-ca/csa

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Post  sanderson on 4/30/2018, 1:55 am

Lavender!

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/30/2018, 10:29 am

@countrynaturals wrote:
@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Thoughts:
Lavender
Coixseed/Job's tears for beads
Cut flowers -- and/or perhaps "everlastings" that dry well like strawflowers?
Willow (in different colors, for basket weavers)
Plants used for natural dyes
Awesome, Beetles!  thanks  Gotta go look up Job's tears and Coixseed for beads. 
They are two words for the same thing. Baker Creek is out of stock, but has some pretty photos:
https://www.rareseeds.com/job-s-tears/

Here's two sites that give information on growing it:
https://www.gardenershq.com/Coix-jobs-tears.php
https://jennyhoople.com/about/how-to-grow-jobs-tears-beads/
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/30/2018, 11:47 am

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Thoughts:
Lavender
Coixseed/Job's tears for beads
Cut flowers -- and/or perhaps "everlastings" that dry well like strawflowers?
Willow (in different colors, for basket weavers)
Plants used for natural dyes
Awesome, Beetles!  thanks  Gotta go look up Job's tears and Coixseed for beads. 
They are two words for the same thing. Baker Creek is out of stock, but has some pretty photos:
https://www.rareseeds.com/job-s-tears/

Here's two sites that give information on growing it:
https://www.gardenershq.com/Coix-jobs-tears.php
https://jennyhoople.com/about/how-to-grow-jobs-tears-beads/
Thanks again. They sound like fun. I'll start looking for seeds.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/6/2018, 9:28 pm

I thought I mentioned Manzanita in this thread, but I guess not. Anyway, the land is loaded with it. I also want to find someone to bring in and tend to some bees. Today I was checking the land for fetch, because I know it's one of the wild plants that bees love, but what I found instead were several beds of clover -- sweet. So now I was researching plant for this region that bees love, and the first one on the list was MANZANITA! Can you believe it? This land is naturally bee-friendly. Life is good!  happy turtle

I'm also considering growing butterfly host plants as another niche market. None of our local nurseries sell milkweed or Dutchman's Pipe.  Rolling Eyes
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/6/2018, 11:13 pm

Do blueberries grow well in your area?  There are several people nearby that grow blueberries.  When the berries, ripen, they put a notice on Facebook and people comes in droves to pick fresh blueberries.  The owners charge by the pound.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/7/2018, 2:10 am

@countrynaturals wrote:I thought I mentioned Manzanita in this thread, but I guess not. Anyway, the land is loaded with it. I also want to find someone to bring in and tend to some bees. Today I was checking the land for fetch, because I know it's one of the wild plants that bees love, but what I found instead were several beds of clover -- sweet. So now I was researching plant for this region that bees love, and the first one on the list was MANZANITA! Can you believe it? This land is naturally bee-friendly. Life is good!  happy turtle

I'm also considering growing butterfly host plants as another niche market. None of our local nurseries sell milkweed or Dutchman's Pipe.  Rolling Eyes
Geez! "Vetch" not "fetch."  Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/7/2018, 2:13 am

@farmersgranddaughter wrote:Do blueberries grow well in your area?  There are several people nearby that grow blueberries.  When the berries, ripen, they put a notice on Facebook and people comes in droves to pick fresh blueberries.  The owners charge by the pound.
We all love blueberries, but they only grow through Zone 8 and we're 9b.  Sad
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/8/2018, 2:02 pm

Hey, Suz, I know you were talking about lavender. Found a place just north of us who grows 23 different kinds... Maybe you can get some seeds.

https://redoaklavender.com/
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/8/2018, 5:26 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Hey, Suz, I know you were talking about lavender.  Found a place just north of us who grows 23 different kinds...  Maybe you can get some seeds.

https://redoaklavender.com/
Wow! Thanks, Marie. I'll have a great time over there. Wish I could smell it all through the computer.  Razz
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Post  sanderson on 5/11/2018, 3:13 am

I just sent them an email.

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