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Hi I was wondering what y'all think about starting a market garden or a backyard gardening business or even rural gardening/farming business? My dad just passed away and we are thinking about selling the house and 12 acres. Before he left I was planning on building my own little house and starting a farm there but now we are thinking about aelling it all. Im messed up about it but I think it would be better to start fresh even though I will only end up with 5000 bucks for 12 acres and a house (rural arkansas). I don't know what to do but my heart is set on permaculture gardening creating livelihood whereever instead of just being another cog in the machine?
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Sorry to hear about your dad.

As for your business, the first thing you need is a market. Who are your target clients, and similarly, what kind of products can you sell that local people would love to pay you for?
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Where in Arkansas are you currently located?  That can be key here in the natural state for making a successful market garden business.

I would like to suggest you re-think the selling the family homestead, you aren't going to have much to start with if you do sell 12 acres and a house.
Starting from scratch is not great (ask me how I know) it takes time to get all the infrastructure built and something is always going to set you back on your time line.
If you already have at least part of the infrastructure in place, you are steps ahead of the game.

Most of the state does have farmer's markets going (Little Rock, Fayetteville, Jonesborough, are the biggest right now) those give you easy access to customers when they are open and the stalls aren't so expensive to rent.
Russellville is also a good farmer's market area, Beebe has a huge flea market that includes a farmer's market area and even animals.
Don't forget to approach the Executive Chefs at Hotels and Restaurants, if you ask then what produce they have trouble getting locally, you might find yourself a nice niche market that way.

( If you are thinking of selling because of some other reason than simply financial, pm me if you like )

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