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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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Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Sam Burton Apr 26. 7 Replies

Growing Shurbs, Trees, or Flowers for Profit... Anyone?

Started by Jim Tetterton. Last reply by Jim Tetterton Dec 29, 2014. 8 Replies

Out of the box ideas

Started by Karen Wortman. Last reply by Alek Faber Dec 21, 2014. 11 Replies

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Comment by Sam Burton on May 17, 2015 at 11:14am

Wouldn't you just know, the year I decide to downsize the whole garden enterprise, I have my best harvest in years. I think there's a connection. It's back to a hobby, and therefore no pressure. Gardening is fun again.

Comment by Sam Burton on May 7, 2015 at 7:11pm

I forgot to mention that I'm in the process of writing a book on DIY Aquaponics for Beginners. I hope to have it to market by the end of this month. Once it's out, I will write one on hydroponics. I've become a HUGE convert to hydroponics. Especially for lettuces, cabbages, cauliflower, etc. I've even created an aquaponics/hydroponics hybrid system that will knock your socks off. So easy. I'm not going to trademark it, but I want to keep it to myself until I'm able to release the idea to market. Stay tuned.

Comment by Sam Burton on May 7, 2015 at 7:06pm

Got two pigs out on pasture right now and two more will be here in a couple of weeks.  It looks like we're going to have a lot of pork for the winter.  We thought we were done with pigs about 18 months ago, but with the price of cows, pigs were a much cheaper option for us.  We'll put some in the freezer, give some away and sell some. Any of y'all got any feeder animals out this year to help pay the bills this fall?

Comment by Sam Burton on May 3, 2015 at 8:35am

Forgot to mention to y'all, but we're moving. One of the great things about being an infopreneur is the ability to work from anywhere.  My wife has been offered her old job back at the Dept. of Defense in Northern Maine where we used to live. She loved that job and they are offering to pay for her to complete her college degree. She will still be able to keep her soap business. It's just too good for her to pass up. My writing/publishing/vlogging/podcasting start up won't miss a beat. I'll still have my garden and chickens, just in a more compact environment. Brittan will move on up as soon as she gets her orders from DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Services). I will stay behind to wrap up this years harvest and sell the homestead, then I will join her.  It's really pretty exciting. Gardening and Homesteading will be different, but we've done it there before. We'll miss Georgia, but we do love Maine, too.

Comment by Sam Burton on May 3, 2015 at 8:16am

I harvested sugar snap peas and strawberries today.  The garden might be smaller this year, but it's just as tasty.  So far I've been harvesting kale, lettuce (lots of it), basil, oregano, thyme, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, swiss chard, radishes, green onions, cilantro, snap peas and strawberries. Granted, I live in Georgia (for now, but not much longer), and we have an unfair advantage, but how's your garden doing?  C'mon folks, it's been awfully quiet around here.  How about those of you in landscaping businesses? How's things going in your world? 

Comment by Sam Burton on April 29, 2015 at 6:55am

BTW, Damon, how's all this rain affecting the fishing?

Comment by Sam Burton on April 29, 2015 at 5:22am

I'm a believer, Damon. I do mostly DWC and a little flood and drain (for things like beans).

Comment by Damon on April 28, 2015 at 7:54pm

I think hydro and aquaponics is the way to go for a lot of world food huger problems. I'm happy you mentioned hydroponics. I haven't been able to garden at all this year the rain has been unrelenting. I'm seriously considering hydroponics, like a little six bucket system, you know?

Comment by Sam Burton on April 28, 2015 at 6:21pm

Had a neighbor stop by today for a quick tutorial on hydroponics and aquaponics. He is wanting to set up a system and the local feed store recommended he stop in and see me. I love teaching...

Comment by Sam Burton on April 26, 2015 at 6:37am

As we transition away from farming as a business and I develop my writing and publishing business, I am increasingly aware that feeding the world is one of my great passions. It is my heartfelt conviction that local, sustainable growing methods, rather than traditional Big Agra, is the way to do it.

This passion is going to be reflected in several of my books, my mission work through our Church, and in a keynote I'm developing.

 
 
 

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