J. Adams

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Information on micro eco-farming: earning full or sideline income from farms ranging from backyard to small acreage. And, regenerative agriculture, methods of farming and ranching of all sizes that improve the soil and eco-system year after year.
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It seems like putting flowers out front is a popular way to attract customers whether the farmers' market is in the city or rural.
11 months ago
I think giving any farm animal from chicks to rabbits to cows a large diversity to choose from is really important from the start. They have amazing instincts, and will go for more greens if that's currently necessary, then later may seek out more seeds or grains, or even certain herbs they usually avoid but may be temporarily medicinal.

As a kid I lived in town with a large backyard. I raised ducklings without special feed, and instead on boiled eggs, cottage cheese, dandelion greens, and we would go on hunts together with me lifting large rocks and they grabbing at bugs and getting sand for grit. (I'm not recommending that diet today but they did grow up very healthy, most likely the bugs and grit were important components to help the other stuff digest). As adults they adored dandelion greens above any other greens in our lawn and attacked and ate them like piranha. At the time it was great because my parents didn't want dandelions in the lawn and they really kept them in check.

In later years on a farm raising ducklings, I gave them handfuls of mixed pasture greens to peck at but didn't keep it to only dandelion greens. As adults they liked all greens equally... grasses, clover, a bit of dandelion. I've heard others say they have taught young farm animals to eat specific weeds by getting them to favor them while they're young.

But getting them to eat specific weeds isn't as important as their health and an otherwise diversified diet while young and not able to free range.
1 year ago
Here's a popular small town bread and flower stand. I haven't tasted the bread yet, but am told it's organic, beautifully wrapped, and delicious.
1 year ago
I just love this! (sorry for the kind of washed out photo). Maybe it would benefit from a sign that can be seen from the road that states the cost of each bouquet, so people don't have to pull over and go up close to read the price to know if they have enough cash on hand. But it has a nostalgic lemonade stand feel to it.
1 year ago
Andrea, these are wonderful. Thanks so much.
2 years ago
Andrea, I love your simple roadside stand! While fun to show the artsy ones also, I hope many shown are DIY and simple so people without building and art skills can be inspired to sell their products in effective ways with what they already have around the house. Or even if they have those skills, they still know putting something up quickly before making a more elaborate one can work well. This is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
2 years ago

Anne Miller wrote:These are all the same stand with different items for sale.  The link says it is The Windmill Farm of Gridley:




Anne, thanks SO much for this. Great to see one clever little roadside stand used in so many different ways.

2 years ago
This is a kind of classic roadside stand. Great for the tulip farm but also for veggies, herbs, other flowers, etc.
2 years ago

Anne Miller wrote:Here are a couple of free food stands from our members:







Those are charming, Anne! Reminds of a project our local Transitions group is doing. Several areas around town, including our public library, have small stands for excess garden produce. People share or take a little. They're usually up all summer, maybe a bit into fall.
2 years ago

Jay Angler wrote:

J. Adams wrote:I seem to have an affinity for mismatched rustic containers. As mentioned before, though, they usually look best if kept full during sales hours.

If you can't keep them full, maybe have a selection under the counter so you can keep downsizing as things get sold?



That's a great idea, Jay, especially for farmers markets. For roadside stands, probably a little easier to refill since the stand is close to home.
2 years ago