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Farming is rewarding, but not always in the sense that you can grow your favorite herbs and spices all year around. I’ll give you a hint; it involves earning a few extra bucks. A lot of home farmers like to start selling their homegrown produce once they’ve had enough of the ‘eat out of your garden’ magic.

Or, it’s possible that you’ve simply collected too much this harvest and you don’t want all the extra produce that’ll need to be quickly preserved. These are all cases when selling your produce is considered to be a better idea.

Remember one thing though; unless you have a pretty large farm, you can’t sell to your local supermarket, which usually buys through wholesale. Although getting to sell all your produce at once can be satisfying and quick, you won’t get enough money for this since the supermarket is just a link in the chain before your goods reach the consumer.

Instead, opt to sell directly to customers. This will get you more money compared to the wholesale method, but it’ll need some more time and you’ll be required to meet a lot of people. That’s why it’s advised that you predict how much of your produce, in weight, you’ll be selling so you can make an agreement with buyers before harvest time arrives. This way, you’ll be able to provide customers with produce, fresh off the farm.

Retail Markets

Now there are plenty of retail markets out there but which one is the right one for you? Again, it depends on how much produce you have, and whether you plan on selling all of it. Your first option is to sell it at a farmer’s market. Contrary to common belief, many people shop for fresh produce here because they want to support local agriculture, and prefer home-grown vegetables and fruits.

Now the key to selling here is to have enough produce to last you throughout the day, but it isn’t necessary. If you don’t have that much produce to begin with, you can instead bring lots of variety in good amounts. Having a fresh palette of greens, tubers, berries and other fruits will get lots of attention. Needless to say, you’ll have sold all your produce in no time.

A benefit of selling this way is that it helps you engage and meet new people, as well as other farmers. It’s possible that your customers may want to purchase from you directly next time after having a good experience.

The other method for retail selling is pretty simple because all you have to do is put up a roadside stand. You may not think so but people commonly like to buy their vegetables and fruits from roadside stands. Think of it as a lemonade stand, except you’re selling the lemons.

Any customers who’ll stop by at your roadside stand are likely to want to see your farm, so it’s advised that you set up your stand in close proximity to your garden. Also, be careful to keep your garden looking well-arranged and organized, so customers feel like they’re buying from a pro.

These are some of the ways that you can sell your home-grown fruits and vegetables and earn money. It’ll be a fun activity that lets you meet more people in the farming community as well, so you won’t be bored. Happy Farming!

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Here Are Some Solutions For Pecking Problems And Keeping Happier Chickens

Chickens are a lively addition to any homestead. But it’s not all fun and games when you welcome a group of hens to your yard. Some flocks fall prey to pecking spells, where chickens begin attacking each other. Hen pecking can be an annoying problem at best, and devastating to the health of your flock at worst. Follow these best practices to keep the peace with your egg layers.

Manage stress levels

Chickens are just like people: they act out when they’re stressed. Pecking is often a symptom of a much larger problem with your hens. Address the source of the stress and your pecking problem will end.

Unfortunately, chickens aren’t able to tell us what’s going on. You’ll have to do a little detective work to spot the source of your hens’ woes. Do your chickens have at least four square feet per bird? Do they have mites or lice? Are they too hot or too cold? Are they hungry? Did a fox move into the area?

Whatever the reason for their pecking, aim to please your hens to stop pecking at the source.

Peck deterrents

Addressing underlying stress is the best way to combat pecking long term. But how do you protect your hens while getting to the root of the problem? Try store-bought peck deterrents like Pick No More. It will minimize the chances of pecking while you try to cure the hens’ anxiety.

Dust baths

Chickens will often peck when they feel dirty. Prevent pecking by giving your chickens baths. Not normal baths, of course: give your chickens access to dust baths. Your hens may have dug holes where they give themselves dust baths. If they don’t give themselves dust baths, or if digging has been discouraged, create your own dust bath. Mix sand, soil, and wood ash together in a sturdy 2’ x 2’ box.

Pecking alternatives

Remember, chickens are just like people. Chickens can get bored, and sometimes they start pecking when bored. Life on the farm doesn’t have to be boring for your hens. Provide DIY toys that let chickens use their natural instincts. Give them plenty of free range time, as well as toys like branches, string, or chicken swings.

Pecking is an irritating habit that wreaks havoc on the homestead. Instead of opting for inhumane alternatives like beak-cutting, target the source of your chickens’ stress to combat pecking.

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