Tokunbo Popoola

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Sacramento, CA
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Ann Torrence wrote:One of my 5 goals is to sell something at our tiny farmers' market this summer, as a practice run for when we have our fruit products. We have a "real" farmer who brings in veg and goat cheese; he started the market and I'm not going to compete with him. But no one sells flowers. I'm going to try it. Annuals, but if it works, it would be pretty easy to add things like echinacea, lilies, etc to the mainframe project. And our market is small, mostly weekend homeowners and retirees, so it's more of having a presence until the fruit comes in and it's not a huge investment to try it. Worst case scenario is that I get to hang out with my neighbors for a couple hours a week and fill my house with cut flowers.

Had anyone done this? Tips?

did you end up selling something at the local farmers market?

if it didnt work think about this

this is left the field. I've started growing flowers like food base flowers and using them in salads and bouquets.  I sell the high-quality pictures of them on things on istock. it's not a huge money spinner but it's decent pocket change. If i was better at making bouquets I'd proudly do better. I've seen people show them off on Instagram that are super nice. think about combing the two. I've recently been looking into selling them local area only same day mail through the internet. to places like small biz so forth. or possibly setting up an arrangement to deliver them to restaurants regularly or small hotels or B&B's . I havent figured it all out only the istock part which has paid but you might want to think outside the box a bit more you might get suprise. it may not be a stall it might be something even better.
2 years ago
Is anyone selling cut flowers through the internet locally that is smaller scale? Is there like an app or co-op? Any directions ideas/
2 years ago
It's not as bad as you think. you can use wood clothesline. the top part made of pallet board. it's cheaper to put together than you think.
2 years ago
thanks everyone for the help!
2 years ago
any chance for pictures and an updates? I've been wondering how to do this.
2 years ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:daikon radish, rape, parsnip are all good, for deep roots that mineral mine for you; alfalfa, cereal rye, oats, barley are good choices.

All of these can be broadcast seeded just about anytime. The already established pasture will hold the seeds in place, rain will beat the seeds down through the pasture plants so they get soil contact.


i was thinking about sunflowers, alfalfa, and rye mix. even though it's a bit too early for sunflowers. how much alfalfa seed has GMO in it? I want to buy the cheaper seed non gmo but I'm not sure i can get my hands on enough organic seed.
2 years ago

Tracy Wandling wrote:Daikon radish sounds like it might fit the bill. It has a large edible root and edible tops as well. And it can grow to 20" long, so it can really put a lot of organic matter into the soil if left in the ground. You can pick some and leave some in the ground. It's a cool weather crop, so it will probably prefer to be sown in the cool spring.

thank you. that sounds really good. i wouldn't have tried it normally but we have so much lovely rain. Im willing to take a chance on some type of root crop out in the those pastures
2 years ago

wayne fajkus wrote:It's a yearly ritual for me. Not during rain, but just after the rain, while the ground is wet.

Before it rains and the seed gets washed away. After a rain and the wet ground helps it stick.

I've been very successful with annual rye and oats. Limited success with clover.

I've done a lot of cover vetch that way into our native grasses. The problem is I want a root crop badly. I thought about piling some hay out there and putting sweet potato slips in or something. I want something that will really punch down.
2 years ago
I've never heard of paddock system for rabbits done in this way. Is anyone else doing this and have any more information about this?

2 years ago
we got 4 pastures that are 4 acres each.

I wanted to plan some turnips with all this rain in Cali. I don't think I have to worry about drought this summer hopefully. I wanted to direct sow turnips, beets, or something. Anything that will go straight down. I plan to possibly harvest a quarter of the crop and leave the rest to rot in the fields. or get dug up by our pigs later on.  (we are ok with buying a lot of seed and it getting wasted)
Our pasture has been saved because every other week we drop about a quarter inch of wet leaves that are ground up from the lawn mower. instead of watering during the drought. We have tons of organic matter. been doing it for 5 years plus. We have a crap load of leaves since we are directly near the city.

My main question is any idea's of what I can plant out there with all that rain and mud. Directly into the ground to get a yield? It's our first time doing this because we just didn't want to gamble while we had no rain. We throw some seeds out there every year mix of different herbs and flower mix. also, vetch seeds.

pasture is mostly native grasses mix with  Perennial ryegrass, some vetch. We try and keep it as much native grass as possible. It's what does well in drought.

We have mini cows about 12 in our herd. 4 goats, 4 sheep, and some alpacas, we also have 8 tractors of rabbits running in tractor, ducks, chickens, and muscovy (a lot they are good drought birds), 10 tractors of cuy.

if anyone has any pictures of this direct sowing into the pasture. like what it should look like in stage or advise id be thankful.

peace be with you


2 years ago