A great way to learn and make some money is through commercial organic gardening. If you already have an organic garden and love to spend time cultivating healthy fruits, flowers, and vegetables, this may be a way to make some money doing what you love. But, before undertaking such a venture, you should investigate local markets, to see what the demand is for various organic produce items.
These days, many shoppers prefer to buy organic produce over the produce grown by standard methods. This shift is the main reason many food producers like to claim their products are natural or organic. Some products labeled as organic are not. They are labeled this way to help promote the products. One way buyers can tell the difference is by looking for the certified organic sticker on products they buy.
The advantages of organic gardening and production are numerous. A major difference is that no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used in production. It doesn’t mean no pesticides or fertilizers are used. There are plenty of organic options for these products as well. However, organic production makes use of compost and other natural wastes, for a more cost effective way of managing organic farming. There are no shortcuts in organic growing. Either chemicals are used or they aren’t.
Most people who shop for organic food items visit local farmers markets and specialty shops, where locally grown products are often showcased and become the main source of product in the store. Small growers can concentrate on quality, rather than quantity, focusing on taste and freshness. When typical growing methods are used, fruits and vegetables are often picked before they have ripened, to make sure they don’t spoil and can sit on the store shelves longer. But, it can be difficult to get the products to ripen at home and the taste is negatively affected. Small producers often invite the public to their farms, where they host education programs and readily answer visitor questions.
For a small scale garden grower, making a profit is important, to maintain a business. At first, local growers will usually focus on supplying the lol community, before they branch out. Over time, a broader market is slowly developed, while the organic grower develops healthy fields that can adequately support organic products and maintain proper nutrient levels. When products start selling off store shelves, it’s time to think about expanding the territory or offerings.
Growers who want to be profitable will pay attention to which items are most desirable and will consider getting rid of those that aren’t selling. This helps eliminate waste and makes the best use of growing fields. Some organic growers will find creative ways to use a product they don’t sell in markets. They may set up a stand along the road and offer a limited amount of produce at a discount price. If the quality is good, customers will be quick to spread the word to neighbors.
If you want a quick way to sell excess produce, load it in a van and sell it to people passing by. It’s probably not the most effective way to promote healthy, organic fruits and vegetables. But, it can be an efficient way to move some excess product and make extra money.
The farmer’s market is probably the best place to sell organic produce. At these markets, sellers aren’t extremely fussy or critical about the produce. They can promote organic products by giving customers some background on them. Customers love knowing where their food comes from, especially when it’s locally grown and comes from an organic farm or greenhouse business.