[Homestead] Marketing farm products afar?
crazygardens at verizon.net
Sat Dec 16 11:26:15 EST 2006
How about fresh organic herbs ordered via a website? ... when in season, of
> Greetings of the Season, Listmates!
> I am wondering if any of you are in similar situations of
> small-time farming from areas remote to higher economy towns, where
> tastes are not very diverse? I am wondering about internet business for
> such as seed allium crops, open-pollinated or heirloom seed, or any other
> product toward a little more prosperity for our family. Do any of you
> have these sort of businesses or experience with such?
> We moved to the Kentucky mountains, Central Appalachia, six years
> ago, from Northern California. I'd not change where we live for all the
> tea in China - the constant seasonal beauty, serenity, and remoteness of
> our location are wonderful! BUT, this is one of the poorest counties in
> the US, with little to no ag diversity and where folk are not inclined to
> farmer's markets or a wide variety of foods such as we grow and live on.
> The city markets are all two or more hours away, and there are very few
> restaurants at all, let alone any that are not doing "can-opener cooking"
> (as my ex-chef husband calls it!).
> I grow over an acre of vegies, and maintain perennial and annual
> flower, and culinary herb gardens. We live rich in edibles of many
> kinds, but find no place close to be vendors. Most of the locals grow
> gardens and live either in the old fashioned ways or are completely
> welfare dependant. What suggestions might you have for us to make a bit
> more income from our farm? We do not have livestock, barn, or fencing
> for such.....or background in that! I barter for either game from the
> woods all around or for farm-raised meats from friends with livestock,
> rather than add that into our repetoire out here. It is a very good
> life, but not enough income to tend to our frugal needs - hence, i wonder
> about selling online (garlics, onions stock, seed saved in great variety
> each year). Anyone do this?
> All input and ideas would be so appreciated! I've just received my first
> hoop-house. that we'll build into a high tunnel for season extension (
> cannot afford to make it into a greenhouse just yet). It is 14'X48', and
> i am SO excited about this!
> Perhaps this climate will also allow me to grow plants for sale - a new
> plan in my mind.
> Thanks, Folks!
> Red River Gorge, KY.
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