Christopher Harrod

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since Mar 21, 2012
Sonoma County, Northern California
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by keeping up with the pruning of the raspberries you can pick easily and make it more worthwhile. check out this video from the maine extension. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOzo4s9Z9jE
i'd imagine it would be hard to sell enough plants to make it worth it. you might be able to sell it to some people but once those people have them, there will no longer be a customer base. you could raise other veggies and weird fruits to keep them coming back. just my opinion.
8 years ago
thanks for the helpful tips everyone. from what i understand from peoples experiences is that i should go out and view the land before making an offer. things i should consider are electricity, roads, etc.

if there wasnt electricity to the site, maybe solar panels? i think that would be ideal.
i hear if there isn't a house on the land it's harder to get a loan, is this true from your experience?
has anybody used landandfarm.com? are there prices reasonable?
did anybody consider how close a farmers market is? or slaughterhouse? i'm thinking of growing food for my own consumption but also selling jams/jellies/dried meat/fresh/frozen meat/nursery stock.
if i wasn't close to a farmer's market, maybe mail order? does anybody have experience doing a mail order/internet business selling products from the farm?
not looking to make it rich but it would be nice to be comfortable paying off the property.
8 years ago
it's cool that government organizations are partly funding this project. thanks for the link!
8 years ago
depending on where you live, this is a great source for fresh organic feed. http://www.hbfeeds.com/ .....out of petaluma, ca
8 years ago
i live in sonoma county and land around here is expensive. i'm looking for land here in sonoma county which has a great climate, community, and market for selling artisan goods. That's why it's probably so dang expensive. Now, I've also started to extend my search to other places. it's impossible to go look at all the properties first hand when working full time.

has anybody bought land off the internet? if so, from where? what did you look for? did it work out? do you plan to make a living from this property? would you recommend it? any other input would be great. thanks!
8 years ago
I've got some flying dragon citrus seeds. Great for starting rootstocks for citrus grafting or growing as an ornamental. I'm looking to trade for other interesting perennial fruit/nut tree/bush seedlings or seeds (loquat,filbert,walnut, carob, etc.). Also, looking for mashua. I have a ton of other seeds too. Just let me know what you're looking for if you're interested.