How to Make a Homestead Profitable

How to Make a Homestead Profitable 

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Farm Marketing

Homesteading Podcast

Season 1 Episode 32

 How to Make a Homestead Profitable

How to Make a Homestead Profitable

In today's podcast we are very luck to have Charlotte Smith with us this beautiful Sunday! Charlotte is the author of Farm Marketing From The Heart as well as owner of 3 Cow Marketing. She is a farm owner herself. Charlotte has a raw milk farm in rural Oregon. Her farm Champoeg Creamery is family owned and run. Charlotte gained a passion for helping other farmers sustain a profitable farm when she saw many farmers in her area going out of business. She shares her knowledge and experience of running a profitable farm at 3 Cow Marketing

Charlotte Smith's passion for raw milk grew out of a concern for her children. A bad case of eczema sent her searching for a dietary solution to this skin problem. When milk resolved all of her issues, she set out to make it available to her larger community.

Farm Marketing From The Heart

 Farm Marketing From The Heart

Farm Marketing From The Heart

In Charlotte's book, Farm Marketing From The Heart, she shares a very special and important message. She talks about how farmers sometimes will be so focused on the sale that they completely forget that they are selling to people. People that have thoughts and feelings. If we do not feel appricated and valued as a customer we will move on. So often I have been to a farmers market and the farmers are short with me. They just want to make a sale and do not take the time and effort of connecting with the customers. In Farm Marketing From The Heart, Charlotte goes into great detail of the importance of making valuable connections with your consumers. 

Do you have to have a large farm to use her teachings?

No! You can have a small hobby farm or homestead as well to take the principles of Charlotte's farm marketing. She shares her knowledge of farm marketing with all of us. Most of us homesteaders have very small farms and some of us only plan on growing and raising food for our own consumption. But if you plan on selling anything on your farm you can benefit from knowledge about farm marketing.

How to Make a Homestead Profitable

Here is what I have learned from Charlotte on how to make a homestead profitable. Her advice to homesteaders is to focus on one thing. As homesteaders we want to grow everything and raise every type of animal. But Charlotte suggests that if we plan on making income from our homestead that we focus on one product and master that product. Then, once you have a good income source from that product to expand your business plan to including another income source. For example, if you want to raise meat cows for additional income on your homestead you can get good and making a income from meat cows. Then, if you would like to add a secondary income source such as raw milk you can do that once you have already mastered making income from the meat cows.

Here is a List of Animals That Can Bring Your Homestead Income

  • Cows (Babies, For Milk or Meat)
  • Ducks (Babies, Eggs and Meat)
  • Chickens (Babies, Eggs and Meat)
  • Quail (Babies, Eggs and Meat)
  • Pigs (Babies or Meat)
  • Rabbits (Babies, Fur and Meat)
  • Turkey (Babies and Meat)
  • Goats (Babies, Milk and Meat)
  • Sheep (Babies, Fur and Meat)
  • Bee's (Honey)
  • Horse's (Babies and Train Mature Horses)
  • Dog's (Babies and Train Mature Dogs)
  • Cat's (Babies)

List of Fruits That Can Bring Your Homestead Income

  • Strawberries 
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries  
  • Raspberries  
  • Apples
  • Oranges  
  • Peaches  
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Figs
  • Cherries

Plus so many more! 

 

List of Vegetables That Can Bring Your Homestead Income

I found a very long list of vegetables here. Wikipedia List of Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Tomato 
  • Broccoli 
  • Potato (Red, Brown, Purple, Sweet)
  • Pea
  • Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Green Beans

Hobby Farm and Homesteading

 How to Make a Homestead Profitable

How to Make a Homestead Profitable

What is a homestead? A homestead is a place where you grow your and raise own food. Some people also refer to their hobby farm as a homestead or a farmstead. Homesteads are often a source of income for the owners. People that have a homestead use it to help cut the cost of their grocery bill. Growing your own fruits and vegetables will save you money. 

Wrap Up

Make sure to check us out next week! Next week we have another really special guest. Her name is Flower and she is a off grid homesteader in the mountains of Vermont. She shares information about her off grid lifestyle as well as life as a medicine women. I know that is another podcast you will want to listen to as well. Until next time.

Yours Truly,

Michael and Jackie Bigar

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