26 Ways to Make Money From Your Small Farm

Make Money From Your Small Farm
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How to Make Money From a Small Farm or Plot of Land

Many people think farmers have enviable lives. If you are a farmer, however, you may think otherwise. You work non-stop for very little money. Sometimes you feel like a prisoner to your buyers, and occasionally you wonder how much longer you can keep going. The weather seems to be against you, and you feel like you are working for nothing.

Though small farmers believe their lives are far from ideal, I can't think of any farmer who would switch to a life in the city. So how do you get the best of both worlds? How can you maximize profit from your land, small farm or homestead? You don't have to stop at growing crops. Through diversification and thinking like an entrepreneur, you can achieve a much higher yield from your farm while keeping the lifestyle you love.

Here are 26 ideas for you to consider for making the most of your farm. Of course, some of these ideas will be more practical than others depending on region, type of farm, etc.

There are also restrictions, both federal and state, that need to be looked into before beginning some of these activities. That said, farmers are a determined breed. With a bit of planning, you can turn your small farm into a money maker and begin enjoying your life on the homestead once again.

You are no longer just a farmer, you are an entrepreneur.

1. Grow Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms for sale / / CC-BY-SA-2.0
Mushrooms for sale / / CC-BY-SA-2.0 | Source

Growing mushrooms can be very lucrative. However, I recommend that you opt for specialist types of mushrooms if you're looking into cultivation. There is more money to be made from growing ones for medicinal use or the restaurant market. Depending on the type of mushroom you choose, you could harvest some in just 15 weeks, with a yield of up to 4 lbs. per square foot.

Other Tips:

  • Prior to harvest, contact local restaurants and take orders from them for a quick sale.
  • Get a stall at a farmer's market to grow your reach and your sales.
  • Educate yourself on the best practices for mushroom growing.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

If your knowledge of mushrooms is only eating them on a pizza, this is an interesting and comprehensive look into the field of mushroom cultivation. This is my 'go-to book' for anything that has to do with growing mushrooms. It is packed with information that will help a novice, and it will also answer questions of more experienced growers.

This book is targeted at those who wish to grow mushrooms for commercial reasons, even on a small scale. The author Paul Stamets, a mycologist with over 20 years of experience, has many books, awards, and patents, and is considered the leading authority in the US on mycology.


2. Turn Your Field Into a Campsite

Open a Campsite
Open a Campsite | Source

Especially if you live close to an urban area, many people are always looking to find their next great outdoor vacation.

To turn your land (or part of it) into a campsite, you will need to construct a simple shower and toilet unit for your campers. Some campsites are quite basic and don't provide electrical outlets while others have installed electricity for the campers to use. If your farm is near a tourist area, this is definitely one to consider. The area you choose should also be level, ensuring that campers can correctly erect their tents.

Other Tips:

  • Depending on your area, you could also have spots for motorhomes and caravans. For these, you'll need to supply electricity and water.
  • Consider opening a small shop with essential food items if you aren't close to a town. Campers who don't want to travel back into town will be happy to buy from you even if your prices are a tad higher than in a supermarket.
  • Many people, especially retired couples, live in RV's permanently. They will often spend a few weeks at a campsite if they like it.
  • Offer free Wi-fi for your campers. Everyone expects to remain connected to the internet 24/7 even when they are camping. The access code can be changed weekly to keep those who aren't camping from using it.

3. Farm Snails for Profit

It is easy to think of snails only as pests, but they can actually earn you great money. Snail farming (or heliciculture) has been around for many years. In some developing nations, it is becoming an important export crop.

To farm snails, you'll need to provide them with shelter, plants, and food.This can vary depending on your situation. Some use outdoor pens which are open, others use netting to keep them in. I have also seen them grown commercially in poly tunnels. Below you can see a video of a woman who started small and has now built it into a profitable venture in Africa. As she says snails are the ideal livestock to have as they don't smell or make noise.

4. Organize a Swap Meet

If you have a field that's being left fallow, consider using it on the weekend for a large swap meet. People love to wander around a field to see what kind of bargains they can find.

Charge the vendors a small fee, maybe $7 per car and $15 per truck (depending on your area and demand). If you stick with it, this could develop into a profitable weekend venture that can be moved to a different field each season. Depending on where you live, you could even have the swap meet year-round.

Ensure you have an area for parking off road for those looking to buy. Signs on the street and even an ad in the newspaper will bring people flocking to your field for potential bargains. Once your swap meet (car boot sale in the UK) gets known, advertising won't be necessary as word of mouth is your best advertisement.

5. Start a Bed and Breakfast


If you have spare rooms or a barn that can be converted into rooms, consider opening a bed and breakfast. This is one of the most popular ways to earn more money from your farm. People who are raised in cities love to experience a slice of life on a working farm. They love to see the animals and possibly even help out as well. It can be an exciting time for both adults and children.

The level of accommodation you offer can vary depending on the type of customer you wish to attract. Even offering simple sleeping rooms as a youth hostel could bring in extra cash. If your farm is near an area that requires many workers, even if it is only seasonally, you could rent the rooms to the company. By renting to a (reputable) company, you're more likely to get paid on time and paid regularly.

Companies such as AirBnB make it simple to rent out spare rooms for guests. Their website is straight forward and many people have come to trust it. This could be run in conjunction with your own website promoting your available accommodation.

6. Rental Space for Meetings or Gatherings

Do you have a barn that could be easily converted into open space? Consider renting it for a range of gatherings, such as business meetings, classrooms, or an exercise facility.

There are always people looking for areas for meetings. This could earn you money during the day, evenings, and weekends. Parking availability is always a bonus for some.

Depending on the level of involvement and improvement you want to do, you could supply chairs and tables, exercise equipment, or other supplies. You should offer to help supply refreshments or have them on hand, since that can be a valuable source of income as well.

7. Rent Your Field to Metal Detecting Clubs or Allow Metal Detectors to Scan Your Land

Between plantings, you could allow metal detectors to scan your land. They may find a bounty that would be half yours if you own the land.

Alternatively, you could bury metallic objects in your field and hire it out to metal detecting clubs. People in these clubs are always looking for places to test and improve their skills. Contact your local metal detecting club to find out what they would require.

Remember that refreshments, even just drinks out of an ice chest or from the trunk of your car, can earn you money.

8. Raise Tilapia or Other Kinds of Fish

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Raising fish such as tilapia can be a very profitable business. For tilapia, you will need to be in an area where the water temperature stays about 20°C (68°F). If your temperature is lower than this, you may need to heat the water which, of course, is costly.

Depending on the size of fry (young fish) you buy, your harvest could be ready in approximately six months depending on what size you wish to sell your fish at. This is one of the ways my husband and I make money from our farm here in Brazil.

9. Private Fishing Lakes

If you have lakes or can dig them, you can develop public fishing lakes. Normally there are two types: The first is a catch and release, and is solely for the enjoyment of fishing. The customer would pay as they enter and then stay there all day. This could also be combined with camping as mentioned earlier.

The other type is fish and pay. They catch the fish, which are then weighed and paid for. Either option is profitable. You will, of course, need to stock your lakes and ensure you have parking facilities fairly close by.

Other Tips:

  • In addition to these, if you had refreshments for sale you would be earning from those since not everyone brings their own food and drinks.
  • You could also run a small bait and tackle shop on the premises to cater for your customers.

10. Raise Worms

Consider raising worms to sell as bait to fishing shops. The worms can be raised in tubs, bins, or barrels and you could be harvesting your crop in just 90 days. But it isn't just the worms that have value, since the soil left behind is full of worm casings and provides some of the richest sources of nutrients for your garden.

This could bring in a secondary income stream as compost for gardens. Not only is it an easy, low-maintenance way of earning more from your farm. It is also completely eco-friendly and as such opens your farm to another type of customer.

11. Breed Dogs

This is a controversial subject, and I am sure many people think I shouldn't include this since in many countries there are animal shelters that are full of dogs waiting for a good home. That said, there are still people who want certain pedigree breeds of dogs. I am not suggesting anything like a "puppy mill."

Consider breeding small dogs, or an unusual breed since the return on investment will be better. Large dogs, of course, will cost more to feed.

Other Tips:

  • You should ensure that your kennels are purpose-built and that you have factored in the cost of veterinarian bills.
  • This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Breeding dogs is challenging, and there is significant start-up cost. That said, it can be rewarding and lucrative.

12. Raise Specialist Breeds of Animals (e.g. Ostriches)

Ostrich Farming
Ostrich Farming

If space allows, consider raising what I call niche market animals. Some of these could include the following, and there are often multiple products that you can sell from the same animal.

  • Guinea fowl

You can sell guinea fowl meat, feathers, eggs, and young.

  • Quail

You can sell quail young, meat, and eggs.

  • Rabbit

You can sell rabbit meat, pets, and fur.

  • Ostrich/Emu

You can sell ostrich meat, Emu oil, feathers, and eggs.

  • Goat

You can sell goat meat, milk, butter, cheese, young, and hair.

  • Llama

You can sell llama wool. Young llamas. They also provide security for flocks of sheep.

  • Deer

You can sell deer meat, fur, and antlers.

13. Grow Dual Crops

Depending on what you are growing you may be able to plant two crops side-by-side, saving you space. Here on our farm, we have planted coconut trees that are spaced five meters apart, and between these we plant crops such as beans, zucchini (courgette), and cucumbers.

Because we have irrigation already in place to water the coconuts, which have deeper roots, we can use the space to greater, more profitable effect. The income generated from the earlier crop will pay for the cost of electricity to water the coconuts.

There are lots of combinations of crops that are good to grow together, helping you generate higher yields using the same amount of space and water.

14. Sell Farm By-Products

There are many by-products on a working farm, and some of them have resell value. Here are a few ideas:

  • Feathers: If you have any feathered friends on your farm, be they wild or domesticated, consider collecting and selling the feathers. People love to include them in crafts such as jewelry-making, hat-making, and other kinds of accessories.
  • Manure: If you raise animals, you know that manure is great for gardens. You can bag and sell manure to the public or small garden centers.

15. Win Farm Equipment

Although we are discussing making money on your farm, let's not forget the old saying that "A penny saved is a penny earned." With that in mind, consider entering the sweepstakes. Because of the explosion of people who are now homesteading or have small urban farms, many companies are offering prizes that are useful for farming, everything from chicken incubators to tractors.

I run a website called Ace Contests where I list sweepstakes, contests and competitions which can be entered online. There are sweepstakes which are open to the various regions and also worldwide. There is a link on my profile or you can simply type in the name into a search.

If you happen to win a prize that you can't use, you can sell it.

16. Public Speaking and Demonstrations

Money doesn't always have to come from just farming activities. Some people earn money by giving talks about farming activities. Schools, community centers, and public venues always need speakers. Many of these groups pay. The larger the group, the more they'll pay. If you are a confident speaker, this is an avenue you should consider. Topics such as:

  • Bee Keeping
  • Growing vegetables or flowers
  • Natural pest control
  • Organizing a farmers market .
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Jam making

This is just a selection of topics you could speak about. These talks can be at your farm or you may need to travel to their venue. You don't have to be an expert, but you do need to be entertaining, informed and passionate about your topic.

Some of these topics can be demonstrated and others would require a series of slides and videos.

There are many groups who require speakers, it is necessary to contact business owners, your chamber of commerce and even your local library. Begin networking and if you don't feel confident, start with small groups and speak for free until you become accustom to the limelight. Once you begin to get feedback and you know your subject matter backwards, you are ready to charge money for your talks.


Poll: Is Farming Right for You?

Could you live and work on a farm?

  • Yes, I would love it.
  • No, the city is the place for me.
  • I already have a farm and love it.
  • I have a farm and want to sell up and move to the city.
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17. Rent Your Land for an Antenna, Turbines, or Solar Panels

Wind Turbine
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Cellular Antennas

Is your land at a high point? This could potentially bring you the bonus income you were looking for. Consider contacting cellular phone or internet companies to determine if an antenna could be placed on your property. Though they pay handsomely, you may be concerned about the potential cancer-causing problems. Do some research and find out what areas would be considered safe.

Wind Turbines

Are you in a windy area? Are there turbines already nearby? You could also see about getting a wind turbine. A farm near us has sand dunes which aren't suitable for growing anything, but he now has a few Korean-owned wind turbines on them and is raking in a small fortune for doing nothing. We also know of farmers in the UK who have these in their fields. They continue to farm but make more money from the turbines.

Solar Panels

Another possibility is putting solar panels on your land, which are connected to the national grid. This is very big in Spain and is taking off in other sunny countries. You could not only receive free electricity yourself, but the electricity company could pay you! How is that for a good money-making idea?

18. Sell Seeds Over the Internet

If you grow any unique or different types of flowers, fruits, or vegetables, consider selling the seeds. Many people feel bound by what commercial 'home garden' seed companies provide, but there is so much more available. This has seen an increase in recent times with the worry about crops grown using genetically modified or GM seeds. Heirloom seeds, or those which are passed down or 'natural seeds' have seen a sharp increase in sales.

Whether it is an enormous pumpkin variety or a dainty flower, keen gardeners are always on the look-out for something new. Remember to get a photo of it when it's looking its best, as it will sell much easier. You could advertise your seeds on eBay or its equivalent in your country.

Other Tips:

  • Though seeds can be easily sold over the Internet, the one thing you can't do is send them abroad. There are strict laws in some countries about taking or mailing seeds or plants to a different country.
  • Include instructions for planting in the packaging: When to plant, where to plant, the type of soil the plant prefers, etc. You should have all the information that you would normally see on the back of a seed packet. Type it up, print it out, and send a copy along with the seeds. This will ensure the customer is happy, and a happy customer will buy from you again. Plus they are also your best advertisement. If you exceed their expectations, they will leave a glowing review for you which will boost your business.

19. Publish Articles Online

Besides farming, you could also write articles about your farming activities. It is easy to get published online in a variety of places for free. HubPages is free to join, and if you keep with it, you might be able to start earning money from articles about a wide variety of topics that you choose.

Writing online isn't a get rich quick scheme, though. Like anything, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. For me, it fits in nicely with my lifestyle here on the farm and provides an additional stream of passive income.

20. Rent Your Land for Special Events Like Weddings and Parties

Consider renting out your land as a wedding or special events venue. Having your wedding in a barn or on a farm is fairly popular nowadays, and people are always looking for beautiful locations for parties or other ceremonies.

Your level of involvement could be as much or as little as you wish. You could have the marquees including tables and chairs, or the party planner could do this. Again, you could provide the food or allow that to be outsourced.

Other Tips:

  • If you're considering renting out your space for weddings, you'll want to make sure you have bathrooms and dressing rooms that are clean and welcoming, especially for the bridal party.
  • Depending on where you live, it might be fun to rent out your barn for a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

21. Rent Out Bee Hives

Bee Hives for Pollination
Bee Hives for Pollination

Bees are currently in demand, not only for their honey but also for their ability to pollinate. There has been a dramatic decline in the bee population due to colony collapse disorder (CCD). It's unclear why it's happening, and there are many theories about the source, but the bottom line is that the demand is great for these little miracles of nature.

If you have hives and can take them to fields for pollination, you can expect to earn $136 for each hive you provide. This is based on figures provided by the article, "Bee-conomics and the Leap in Pollination Fees" (UC Davis).

22. Open Your Farm to the Public

There are many successful farms that are open to the public, providing a safe environment for adults and children to see animals and crops up close. Each person is charged upon entry, and some families make a day out of it. Some farmers even make more money through agro-tourism than from farming itself.

Although most of the time visitors will come on the weekends and during school vacations, many schools love taking children on field trips to local farms.

Other Tips:

  • Serving refreshments and even light meals can bring in even more money for your farm.
  • You can sell feed pellets for the animals so children can feed chickens, goats, and other animals.
  • Consider starting a petting zoo.
  • Construct a corn maze.
  • You could also offer classes or workshops on farming or making different kinds of products like meats, cheeses, or other foods.

23. Offer Parking for Bus Companies

Do you live near an industrial area that buses in its workers? Are you in an area where parking is in short supply? If so, you could benefit from supplying a flat, dry area for buses or cars to park.

You might need to build a small kiosk to house a worker who will collect money if people are paying as they go, day-to-day. If it's reserved parking, such as for buses, the money will go right into your bank account and save you from employing someone to stand and take money.

24. Offer Motorhome, Boat, and Trailer Storage

Since many urban and suburban areas restrict the number of vehicles that homeowners can have parked on their premises, consider offering trailer, motorhome, or boat storage. If you have a large, flat, dry, and secure area or can invest the money to make such an area secure, this is a good money generator.

Other Tips:

  • You could also have an area where they could clean their vehicles.
  • You can charge them monthly or yearly.
  • Check with your attorney and insurance company since it could be possible to have your clients sign a waiver releasing you from any liability for loss or damage.

25. Offer Space for a Private Air-Strip or Heliport

Does your farm have space for an air strip or a heliport? Do you live in an area where there is a need for this?

I live 65km away from an international airport, but locally there is a man who has an airstrip at his home. He allows a limited amount of traffic to use it, for which he is paid handsomely.

Many large businesses fly their representatives up here and land at this small airstrip, putting them just minutes away from where they need to be.

Other Tips:

  • Also, consider the opportunity for a private airstrip aimed at skydivers. If you live in a large open area, you could incorporate this idea, so long as you have the correct permissions from the aviation board and your local government.
  • You could also supply parking for their aircraft as well.

26. Grow Flowers to Sell

Grow flowers
Grow flowers | Source

Growing flowers may not seem like an obvious choice if you have been growing crops such as wheat, potatoes, or sugar beets. But consider the different avenues from growing flowers:

  • Growing flowers for florists (cut)
  • Growing flowers for nurseries (potted and ready for resale)
  • Selling flowers direct to the public
  • Selling dried flowers for arts and crafts
  • Selling dried flowers for potpourri/confetti

Growing flowers can dramatically increase the yield of your land.

I hope this information helps! If you have any other ideas or resources, please pass them along in the comments.

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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

I always thought I should have been born on a farm. I believe I would have loved it. Great, interesting tips for farmers here.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Boy, you really covered a lot about farming. This is a very comprehensive farming guide. I just had someone asking me recently how to find info on starting a farm. This is a great start!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

At one time I wanted to open a bed and breakfast. It would be such a great experience and you would meet the most interesting people. My hubby wants to grow mushrooms, seriously! Thanks for the suggestions, all workable. Voted up.

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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

Very useful and interesting at the same time! When the time comes when I'll be having my farm, I would now what to do to earn extra money! Thanks!

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Wetnosedogs,

Thank you for your comment. I think many people hanker for a life on the farm. So many things happen daily on a farm and it makes a person more self reliant. A farmer definitely needs to wear many hats.

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Rebecca,

It is funny you said that because I got the idea from speaking to someone else who wants to start a small farm in Portugal. He was looking for ideas on how to make money from a small farm. The light bulb went on above my head, and I ran to the computer.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Teaches12345,

If your husband wants to do it, tell him, "Go for it". All budding entrepreneurs started just where he is now, with an idea. Wish him luck from me.

Always great to hear from you.

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Yougotme,

Your welcome, I am glad I have given you a few ideas. I look forward to reading the hubs about your adventures on your upcoming farm.

Thanks for stopping by.

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ronaldoh 4 years ago from England

Interesting hub, and some great ideas for a great life.

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Ronaldoh,

Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it. If a person chooses a life on a farm, it is a good idea to explore many avenues of potential revenue.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

What an awesome hub full of great suggestions. Actually you could write many hubs on each of the topics. I would like more information on all of them.

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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Lipnancy,

You are right, they would all individually make interesting hubs. Oh for the time to do all of them.

Great to hear from you.

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PaulWFitzpatrick 3 years ago from Reading, MA

Worms and snails.....hmmmm.....worms and snails.....this might just be crazy enough to WORK! Please write a piece entitled "Hiding Your Worms and Snails Business from Your Wife, Slimey Hubby Tells All!"

Great piece! You really do have me thinking.....this could be a problemmmmm...

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Paul,

Wives can be a problem but only until they hear the 'Ca Ching' of money being made. I think the title would change to "Happy couple find lucrative slime"!

Glad you liked the article, thanks for stopping by.

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Daena B. 3 years ago from Wenatchee, WA

Great ideas, and great subject for a hub! I would never have thought of most of the things you came up with. One that you could add to the list would be renting out your land for weddings. They bring their own tents and a portable bathroom, and clean up after themselves. You could get in league with a wedding planner to advertise.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Daena,

Great idea, I will add that to the list. Thanks.

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MJennifer 3 years ago from Arizona

Great hub! It takes me back to my childhood as a 4-H kid, raising show and meat rabbits, selling my home-grown vegetables and eggs, and even selling peacock feathers and used horseshoes! Somehow over the years I lost my knack for that sort of entrepreneurship -- not to mention that the land where we are now located is so inhospitable toward growing things that it is a daily struggle to keep my sole heirloom tomato plant alive, despite the protective fortress I have it in -- and the bobcats ate my hens. (Even if I could induce things to grow here ... the bottom line is I'm still just a crummy businessperson.)

I enjoyed your well-written hub!

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi MJennifer,

I can sympathize with the inhospitable climate. We live in a hot, windy and dry area of Brazil. It doesn't make growing things easy.

I was never a member of the 4H but loved looking at all the activities they did and showcased at our annual fair in California. They all looked like they were having a good time as well as learning so much.

Thanks for your stopping by.

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farmloft 3 years ago from Michigan

Good ideas - small farms can thrive with the right niche and the spirit of flexibility. Voted up.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Farmloft,

That is the perfect word, 'flexibility'. Adapting and evolving are the keys to maintaining both a business and a way of life. Thanks for your insight and vote.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Useful hub with a lot of wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome, Blond!

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Rajan,

I am pleased you enjoy reading, thank you for your votes.

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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Brilliant hub. So any bright ideas! Brazil. I love Brazil. The people are so friendly and the food is wonderful. How on earth did you end up there? Thanks for a great hub. Raye

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil Author

We started in a cold wet England and wanted somewhere warm. Now it is 88 ° every day.

Glad you liked this page, it was fun to write.

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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

That ways meant to be MANY! Thank you auo correct!

liliy 2 years ago

Interesting indeed

ashok kumar yadav 2 years ago

I liked these ideas to earn money through this page.But there must be some more crops which can be grown and marketed in such a place where there is no scope of tourists and big restaurants. As my land is situated in remote area,where the given ideas are not possible to execute. Thanks a lot.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Glad you thought so, thanks for reading.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

You have made a good point. I will give this some thought as you are right, these all require a market or people who are willing to pay to use it.

Ramesh Kumar-Oman 2 years ago

Liked your ideas.Integrated Farming combined with Livestock,Birds,Rabbits,Ornamental Fishes will Generate Income for

Self Sustainability.

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

lol. What a fabulous list, Blond Logic. I feel like a real slacker just growing food and herbs with a few animals at my place.

These are all excellent ideas, but I suspect we'd need insurance cover for most of them. :)

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi LongTimeMother,

I suspect in many places like the USA, Europe, or Australia you would need insurance for some of these. Not all though as I am sure there are clauses which if you can show you have proven due diligence to ensure precautions were put in place the liability is down to the end user.

For companies who rent your land, insurance would be down to them.

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Miss Info 2 years ago from New York City

Nice Job. Very interesting read. Thanks!

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Miss Info.

Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading.

Camille 2 years ago

For an article that encourages an intelligent, eco-friendly lifestyle, I find it quite disappointing that "dog breeding" has made it to your list. Thousands of puppies are born everyday while dogs of all ages are euthanized in over-crowded shelters.

Please, spay/neuter your pets and favor adoption if seriously thinking of a canine or feline addition to your home.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Camille,

I thank you for your comment, I can tell it is a subject you feel deeply concerned about and everyone should practice responsible pet care.

I agree when people want a dog there are many available in shelters. I also agree with you that sterilizing an animal is a good idea. That said, most of the dogs in the shelters are not pedigree dogs and for many people this is what they want.

I think it is wrong to suggest that farmers, who are trying to diversify their actions, often to save their farms, shouldn't consider this as an option.

This hub is read by people in many countries and I feel that breeding dogs is a viable option for many who have the land and the know how to look after their animals.

Once again, thanks for reading and commenting.

alvinbluehero 2 years ago

Wow! This page in great! Too many ideas about small farming which I just exactly needed for I am planning to shift my career to a simple life in the farm, yet very sustainable for my family Needs as well as giving them fresh air and an eco-friendly lifestyle. I love the raising of tilapia, the growing of vegetable and the flower farm as well as the raising of chickens and goats and pigs... Thanks! Hope to read more on this...

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Alvin,

I think if you want the dream, and stay open to new ideas they will come.

I do hope you will be able to use some of these.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your future farm.

Lani in Washington State 2 years ago

You have amazing ideas! We own a 165 acre farm, 100 acres are planted in alfalfa hay, the remaining ground I am interested in utilizing as we'll. I love your ideas. I like the ideas most for me of growing garlic and lavender, solar or wind, and maybe a Christmas tree farm. I've also considered starting a meat goat operation which I've looked into. Thanks Mrs.Brazil!

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi Lani

Those sound like wonderful ideas, in fact I may add the Christmas tree farm to the list.

I think goat is an under rated meat in the US. I personally enjoy it. I have eaten it here and in Portugal. That sounds like a very doable niche market to pursue.

Glad you enjoyed the posts and thanks for the additional ideas.

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Chinaimport 2 years ago from Guangzhou

Great hub. I am, being a city dweller all my life, would have no clue about these wonderful things that you can do with a farm and make money. Voted up and started following your hubs.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

After living on a farm as a child and now for the last five years, I think I would feel like a caged animal if I had to live in the city again.

There is something so basic about earning off of your own land. It takes you away from the trappings of a commercial life which you see in cities.

Thank you for the vote and for following.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hello Shivajee

The money you can realistically make will be dependent on your market. If there aren't the people to buy what you want to sell, then you are only going to be producing to feed yourself and your family. Without the infrastructure such as roads, to get your product to market it is difficult.

Here in Brazil I see many people who earn from small plots. One grows only green onions and coriander. These are bound together in small quantities and driven by motorcycle to every small shop in the area. He makes this delivery several times a week.

As a customer, it only costs about 25 cents so he has to grow a lot to make it pay.

If you don't have the funds to start, consider crowd funding. There are some which are geared towards small farmers. This is where the public from around the world can help you pay for things you need to run your business. You will need to put together the equivalent of a business plan to show them how the money would be spent. If you type into your search engine 'crowd funding', you will get a better idea of what I mean. Although one person might not give you a large sum, several people may give you a smaller amount.

With regards to the goats. There are so many by products associated with them. Milk, cheese, skins, hair (certain types only), meat, offspring, and land clearance. Even the manure can be used either on the gardens or packed together to burn for fuel.

Please let us know how you get on. The opportunites in certain countries aren't as obvious as in others. Good Luck to you.

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QueenDRanch 2 years ago from Mesilla Park, New Mexico

You did not include the sale of manure. We have sheep, horses and chickens each of which provide an abundance of nature in each of their specialties which is highly valued by gardeners. We have several devotees that come every spring with their trucks and rakes. The sheep manure, unlike the other two, can be applied to the garden without composting. My vegetable garden benefits greatly from sheep manure.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi QueenDRanch,

Excellent idea. You are right, that is a benefit for many and is a ongoing byproduct of farming.

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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

I got to live on a farm for a while when I was a teen, and I would jump at the chance again if I could. Great ideas here on how to earn extra money.

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DrBillSmithWriter 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

A series of great suggestions. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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TamCor 2 years ago from Ohio

What an interesting hub! I was on Pinterest, searching around for ideas of what to do with the five acres we are buying, and I came across your hub on there.

Snails...what an unusual but appealing idea. I'd thought of nightcrawlers and mushrooms, but not snails. I'm definitely going to read up on those. :)

Thanks so much for such an informative article--I'm pinning it right away, so I don't lose track of it.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

Hi TamCor,

About 30 years ago I read an interesting article about snail farming in the Wall Street Journal. Although unusual, there is a growing market for them. Supply is always less than the demand for them.

I am pleased you found it through Pinterest, thanks for repinning.

oldfarmboy 23 months ago

These posts remind me of a farm family near me. They started as a young man and wife with almost no money and now grain farm over 1900 acres. How did they do it? By being kind to an old man who had no family to take care of him. They fixed a mobile home near their house and made sure that he had what he needed. They did not have to spend much time on him (he pretty much took care of himself) . In return, the old guy helped pay the bills and helped out around the farm as he could. Soon, they regarded him as "Grandpa" and included him in their family and gatherings. Several years later he passed away and left everything he had to them. They had no idea of his net worth, $850,000.00. His advice came from someone who knew farming, by the time he died, the farm had quadrupled in size from the original 150 acres. Sometimes it is rewarding to be kind to others.

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Blond Logic 23 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Old Farm Boy,

What a wonderful addition to this post. Thank you for sharing this with us. I think once farming is in your blood, it is there for good.

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SarahAJRiley 15 months ago from UK

You mentioned 'camping' but I would also recommend 'glamping' as an option. Investigating how 'agritourism' can fit with your particular small farm business model is also key, before you start.

Particularly, it is wise to investigate how starting a glamping business (a new and rapidly growing tourism trend), or other tourism income models can help you.

This uses the assets you already have (e.g. land/acreage) and requires minimal investment to gain a return. For example, in the UK the National Farmers Union (NFU) reported that farms that had diversified into some kind of tourism activity had managed to boost their income by £21,000 (c $34,500) per year. I have since interviewed farmers who have set up glamping businesses and they have agreed with the estimate given by the NFU.

This innovative farming practice of diversifying land to increase income streams, resulting in a more profitable acreage, has been introduced across the world. Farms are a partifularly successful at introducing tourism into their business models because of the agri-entertainment factors, i.e. tourists enjoying their vacations being part of the working farm environment - often a significant leap away from their regular daily lives and something their kids really enjoy.

Starting a glamping business, or other similar tourism idea, is certainly worth considering if you want to increase the profitability, diversity and strength of an existing farm business, particularly if it is a small one. There's a lot more information available if you want to investigate this 'glamping' option further and if it's right for your farm, via 'Inspired Camping' and there are online courses to guide you through the process on 'Inspired Courses'

I'm not sure if the links will work but here they are just in case:


Good luck!

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Blond Logic 15 months ago from Brazil Author

Thank you for such a detailed comment Sarah. You are right about glamping. This is something we see going on in Portugal, where they use not only traditional bell style tents but also Mongolian Yurts. I think glamping is now appealing to a portion of the population who never would have considered anything other than a hotel or a decent b&b. Staying in a tent, whether it is an upmarket one or something basic is something I think everyone should try.

With regards to tourists on farms, it isn't only the kids who enjoy it, but parents as well. When lambing season was on in the UK, where I lived for 20+ years, parents would stand in awe as a new lamb was born. It is a very moving experience.

Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You have so many good ideas here, and they are not just get rich schemes. They do and will work. Excellent material.

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Blond Logic 15 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Avian voice,

Thank you. These are just some of the ways many people are able to make money and enjoy the life they want whilst still living on a small farm.

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Gypsy Willow 15 months ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

I love this hub and re read it regularly. One day maybe I can buy a small farm and put the ideas into practice! The continuous stream of comments is inspiring! Well done.

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Blond Logic 15 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Gypsy Willow,

Thank you. There are so many people now it seems who are giving up 9-5 jobs and finding alternative lifestyles. The internet has made life more flexible in that respect. It is encouraging to see how many people say, "we can make it work". It's like the original pioneering spirit returning.

Thanks for your continued support.

Netta 13 months ago

I love this post, I am a perpetual gardener who loves food gardening, my dream is to have my own urban farm, but I have been doubtful about how successful it would be. Now you have given so many other ideas and confirmed some I have been nursing all along. This makes me even more determined to start my own little thing. Tx

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Blond Logic 13 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Netta,

I think everyone starts small and develops it from there. As Nike say, "Just Do It" otherwise you might be saying the same thing in one year, 5 years, ....

If you really want to do it, jump in and make it work. The number of urban farmers have sky rocketed recently.

Thanks for your kind words and good luck to you.

Laura 10 months ago

All great ideas except breed dogs... Shelters are overflowing.

Gillian 10 months ago

very interesting. We have 60 acres in South Australia. Because we are in our 70's we need to find something not too physical to do later on. We have Dorper sheep for meat, and some cows which are F1 Wagu. It does take a while to get any returns. I sell a few eggs locally, because people love farm eggs. I would like Wensleydale sheep to sell the wool to spinners.

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Blond Logic 10 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Laura,

I completely understand how you feel about the dog breeding. That said, I know that this page is read by people all around the world and in many countries the feelings aren't the same.

Where I live in Brazil for example, there are many dogs on the streets. However there are still people who want 'cute apartment dogs' or specific breeds for watch dogs. Therefore this was my reasoning for including this as a viable way to earn. Even in the States there are many responsible dog breeders who earn well from this. Dogs are in the shelters for many reasons but not usually because breeders couldn't sell their dogs. Usually it is because irresponsible owners didn't spay or neuter their pets.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Blond Logic 10 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Gillian,

As you know the key is to be flexible. That includes mentally, physically, and financially. It sounds like you have a good plan with the animals but any animals can be hard work.

It is so true about the eggs, the quality is so much better.

We are ever changing here on our farm and now are moving to palm trees and more online work to make ends meet.

Let me know if you get those Wensleydale sheep.

Good luck to you.

Angelo 6 months ago

I'm from the Philippines,

Thank you for this nice blog, it nice and fun reading it. i recently purchased an agricultural land roughly 2heactares near one of the Philippines famous tourist spot which is the hundred islands in Alaminos . I'm enjoying it and I wanted to follow some of the advises that you posted but money is always the challenge. I do not want to take the risk of using it as a collateral to owe from the bank. Thank you as this is very educative.

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Blond Logic 6 months ago from Brazil Author

You are absolutely right, avoid putting up your land as collateral, loaning money is a slippery slope. Being near a tourist area opens up the possibilities to many avenues other than farming.

Ask yourself, what activities would those tourists pay for and see if there is anyone doing it yet. Contact tourist agencies and those in the planning department to help with ideas. Many of them will do what they can to encourage and bring in more money. Good luck.

bean 5 months ago

Great article Mary!

Another thing to mention is - feed & grow Organically!

Even if you don't pay the big bucks to get certified, selling organic/natural/free-range/nutrient-diversified/nutrient-dense produce and products is smart because it is all the rage (... it is also better for us humans, the animals, insects, and the land! so no wonder!)

Furthermore, people expect to pay a bit more for organic produce.

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Blond Logic 5 months ago from Brazil Author

Yes you are correct. The consumer, like never before is concerned about how their food is grown and will seek out organic food. This is something we are doing on our coconut farm in Brazil.

Even if the end user doesn't know we have only used natural fertilizers, and organic compost we know it is better for our farm and the end product.

Thank you for your additional comment regarding the book. I have amended it back to Paul Stamets'.

bill 3 months ago

If your farm is along a major highway you can setup a billboard for rent. Grow ginseng, this is very big money.

shiva From INDIA 2 months ago

Hi Madam ..... i made lot of small business but no use.... so i finally takes ur idia...

i intrested in agricultur field (growing mashrooms, milk dairy form... etc smal scale business likes agriculture ) so tell me needfull smal scale business pls madam......

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Blond Logic 2 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Bill,

Yes, using the land for advertising is a great idea.In the UK they didn't allow billboards on the side of the motorway, so farmers used trailers to position ads. it was an ingenious way to get around the problem and also a great addition to the farm's income. Many farms border major roads and it is something many could benefit from.

Ginseng and other items which are used for medicinal supplements are worth big money as you say. Part of the reason is their scarcity on the local market. Not only could one sell locally, but also online..

Thanks for your excellent suggestions.

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Blond Logic 2 months ago from Brazil Author

Hi Shiva,

You're right some ideas will work better than others in different regions. I also have a site called Small Farm Ideas where you can find even more information. I see you are from India, I live in Brazil so it is likely we have a similar growing environment. There is an American man who is working in India in conjunction with a university there. I think he is based in Kerala and has produced some fantastic videos. If you look up the Natural Farmer his videos are very useful for information about growing in nutrient poor soils without spending money.

In fact, my husband and I have found many useful videos from Indians on YouTube. Monetizing videos is another way to make money. It doesn't always have to be growing food to sell. Pop by my other website and take a look for more ideas.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Brad 2 months ago

Speacilize in what you do, spend a life time becoming a master at local heirloom vegtables, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, figs, etc or anything farm related. Learn to graft and plant from seed. Sell 1 gallon pots of fast growing annuals, our AG teach in HS made 20-60k every year during the spring plant sale off 1 acre of greenhouses... yep in one weekend.

Robert 2 weeks ago

Great insight

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