Three Ways to Earn from your Garden
It is every person’s dream to earn from something they love. When that something you love is gardening, there’s so much potential for earning that you’d wonder why people don’t spend 24/7 in their own gardens. And we don’t just mean selling the crops off your land. Whether you have acres and acres of land, or a moderately-sized patio, your land has endless possibilities waiting to be unearthed.
Setting up a Seed and Seedling Bank
Selling produce, flowers and produce is done by a lot of farmers, but if you don’t have enough room to grow substantial amounts of them, you can go into selling seeds, both locally and online.
Grow a wide variety of plants that thrive in your area, let them go to seed at the end of the season, package and store them properly for selling or swapping. They don’t take up much space, so you can keep your inventory anywhere you can store a large box. The other great thing about seeds is that you can ship them easily to anywhere, so you have a large prospective market online or on craigslist. It will also be a great way to meet other farmers in other areas. You can also use the opportunity to do seed swaps with them, letting your own garden’s variety grow.
Selling Homemade Foodstuff
From the garden to your kitchen to other people’s tables. Unless you have substantial acreage, growing crops to sell directly might be difficult. Some farmer’s markets require a large volume of crops before you can set up a stall. You’ll also need a wider variety than what a small garden can produce to turn a profit, as most shoppers gravitate to stalls that have everything they need.
Instead of just selling produce straight from your farm, why not process them further into specialized homemade food products that are not only easier to store, but also offer bigger profit margins. Turn your cucumbers into pickles, your cabbages into sauerkraut, and your fruits into jam. These preserves can earn you more money from the same amount of vegetables than you would selling them directly. And because they’re preserved and canned, you’re not pressured to sell them quickly. You can even sell them through consignment, helping cut down on the overhead costs of setting up your own shop. If you’re feeling adventurous, pickled dishes like Korean kimchi and Japanese tsukemono may fetch a more premium price thanks to its specialized nature.
If you don’t know how to pickle and can yet, sign up for a course at your local cooperatives and learning institutions or read up on various resources online. The cottage food laws on selling homemade canned goods differ from state to state, so it’s best to look up the local laws while you’re at it.
Setting up a Consultancy
If you have extra time on your hands even after all your gardening tasks are done, consider offering your services to other people instead. Setting up a gardening consultancy can earn you extra for your acquired knowledge and know how. You’ll also earn feel good karma from the gardening love you’re spreading.
If you’re an advanced gardener, beginner gardeners can consult with you on how they an best set up their own gardens, what crops are best for your area, as well as for the timings and area specific learnings you can share.
Instead of a consultancy, you can also offer to be a hired hand for more experienced gardeners, or those who just need extra help. From weeding, to planting, to looking after their gardens when they’re on vacation, you can do a lot of odd jobs that’ll be more valuable over a do-it-all hired hand because you have gardening experience. If you have other skills like carpentry, you can also offer services like building raised beds and floating frames to other gardeners.