Michael and I are still trying to decide how to specialize our farm. I know I owe you guys some posts on my new horse, and the duck pen, but given that I have been fighting a stomach flu, this is the best I can manage for the day. We are considering a ton of ideas and I wanted to know if anyone out there had some input on some of our ideas. Here they go please give me your thoughts!
A wedding venue: barn weddings are all the rage. If we were to section off a pasture and set it up as a venue those do well. The pros: limited maintenance work (comparatively), ability to be a bit more hands off, high rent options. The Cons: We would have a lot to pay up front. People would be on and off the property often. There’d also be a seasonal income pattern unless we REALLY forked up a lot of money up front to get it climate controlled. That could be a pro though.
Cut Flowers: I know the least about this one, but I do tend to be really handy in the garden. Pros: I’m pretty good in a garden, and I like it. It would be pretty and we have average for it. Cons: I don’t know much about it, it’s very seasonal, and I’m concerned about the market for it.
Cattle: I literally know nothing. Pro: Apparently there is a lot of money to be made, and it would help keep our pasture low. Cons: I would have to be careful not to get attached. A lot of money can get tied up in it too.
Horses: I’m throwing this one out there because I want it known I’ve considered it. It is hard to make money from horses.
Dogs: specifically, breeding them. Pros: I love dogs and know a good bit about them. There’s a ton of money to be made with the right breed if find responsibly. Cons: I have worked rescue so there is a moral complication. And then what do you do if they aren’t all bought? Not to mention it can be difficult to manage females in heat and studs.
Goats: with our schedule we would be looking at breeding. Pros: I love goats. They would weed eat the pasture. They’re also fun to watch. Cons: they are escape artists, I couldn’t get too attached, and finding a market can be hard.
Rabbits: pros: rabbits are considered easy keepers by farm standards. They are cheap to keep. Cons: I’m only interested in selling pets. They are vulnerable to predators. The market for pet rabbits isn’t huge.
Veggies: I haven’t put much thought into this because I didn’t think there was much way to make anything from this. Same with gourds, fruit, etc.
Poultry: I have had bad luck here so far, so if you recommend it please give me some ideas
Any other ideas? Comments? I’m all ears