Grow Your Business

This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Will this idea grow?

Started by Paul Giganti. Last reply by Sam Burton Jan 27. 1 Reply

Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Michael White Oct 22, 2015. 8 Replies

Saving a Farmers market

Started by Jeremy Obermeyer. Last reply by Sam Burton Oct 22, 2015. 3 Replies

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Comment by Adam DeGuzman on January 28, 2016 at 8:39pm

I'm in the process of starting a window washing business in Ocala, FL and wondered if any of you have any suggestions on how to start and run a successful window washing business? Would love any advice you have to offer. Also, I'm trying to come up with a good name for the business that could attract customers to it. Any ideas?

Comment by Sam Burton on January 27, 2016 at 9:18am

I'm a bit late getting my snap peas and cabbages planted.  First, we've had remarkable rain that has kept me busy with other projects, and also, I've had some major health challenges as my gout has spread to both feet and both knees. I had a flare up the week before Christmas that is just now easing up. On top of that, I have a pinched nerve in my sciatic region and my right leg is rather weak from it. I have no sense of hot or cold on the right side of my body below my chest. It's really weird. I'm doing ok, but I get tired really easily.  Not complaining, just making adjustments to my lifestyle.  Let's see, what else? Oh, the pigs are in the freezer and if the rain holds off, my body is well enough that I should get some roosters and rabbits in there to keep them company. That's about it from here. Hope y'all are well.

Comment by Sam Burton on December 18, 2015 at 8:53am

Wow, I can't believe it's been this long since I posted on here.  Let's see, my computer was out of action for a month (literally) and I've been busy with the podcast, but gosh..... Anyway, I hope you're all doing well and ready for a great Christmas and New Year.  I can't believe I'm Just 3 weeks away from planting Sugar Snap Peas and early greens. Time does fly. 

Other 'on topic' news, includes the fact that I'm ending my contract with the farmer who has been boarding cows in my pastures. The contract is up next week and we won't be renewing it. He's not consistent in bringing hay and minerals to them and as a result they are over grazing the winter pastures.  Besides, the three of them are just too big for the space.

It's three Jersey cows on 4 x 1 acre paddocks.  In the summer its fine, but this time of year, they are just too big and hungry for the area. They are packing the soil and with all the rain, are tearing it up. 

4 acres of good grass is fine for 3 miniature cows along with several goats, but it's not enough for heavy footed, full size beasts, even if they ARE beautiful Jersey girls.  :-) 

It's the same with horses.  Most of our neighbors overgraze their pastures by having too many horses and improper pasture rotation. 1 horse per acre maximum for good maintenance. 

Oops, better climb off my soap box. I guess I'll write a paper on pasture rotation and get it off my chest that way.

Merry Christmas, Y'all.

Comment by Damon on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am

This week's latest adventure:

Comment by Damon on October 22, 2015 at 4:42am

Good going Jeremy! There's so much interest in this kind of living these days.

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on October 21, 2015 at 8:53pm

Hey Guys!  I get to read the posts but don't have a lot of time totype any updates.  I have enjoyed reading what you two are up to.  Sam, you're doing a lot of the things that I would like to do.  My first project is to finish a three article series on the benefits of natural living that I will post on my facbook page and send to magazines.  I have also started talks with a major farm store chain about doing workshops for beginning chicken owners in the spring. There's not going to be much with that until January though.  I've had a few meetings with school principals and zoo personnel about doing some workshops there also.  I feel like the only thing holding me back is my daily job that I hope to be able to leave soon and do this full time!  Please keep up the posts!

Comment by Damon on October 21, 2015 at 5:10am

Oh, I see. That way you're building is a little at a time, and one thing builds up toward another. That sounds like a good way to progress without burning yourself out.

Let us know how the speaking gig go. Looks like you have good timing to work on it all winter getting it ready for the spring.

Are we the only two on the forum anymore?

Comment by Sam Burton on October 21, 2015 at 5:05am

I announced yesterday on my blog "Our Edible Suburb" that I'm going to write a series of articles over the winter for beginner and wannabe gardeners/homesteaders. I'm really looking fwd to it. From those posts will come a book and then a course.  I'm going to try and get a few free speaking gigs at garden centers and churches in mid March to promote gardening and the book.

Comment by Damon on October 19, 2015 at 6:16am

Oh, busy! Importing fishing product from China, shooting video, sellign on Ebay and Amazon. Busy!

Comment by Sam Burton on October 19, 2015 at 4:02am

Damon, How in the world are you? What's up with you these days?



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