I’m sure it’s been at least a couple weeks since I stopped by to chat about urban farming, so we’ll call this our Christmas Edition, at the risk of offending someone out there who hates the concept of Christmas. J
I guess, if I were to give this post a theme, it would be “PLANNING.” It’s in caps so you know it’s really, really, really important.
I’ve actually been doing two things during the month of December with regards to our urban farm: maintaining and planning.
By the 15th we had set the all-time December record for rainfall here in Olympia. For weeks now, if you walk across our yard, all you do is squish while walking. The ground is completely saturated; the water table is full; it is miserable, to say the least.
So part of my time has been spent just keeping our critters alive and as comfortable as possible. As some of you know, we have sixty quail, about sixteen rabbits, eight chickens and seven guinea pigs, all in outdoor aviaries and coops, so they need some special care when the weather is so miserable. I’m happy to report we haven’t lost one animal so far this winter. Cross your fingers.
The other thing I’ve been doing is planning. Weather this bad gives me a chance to see what is working and what should be done to prevent problems in the future. We have plans for two more aviaries this summer, and I’m checking out the farm to find the driest and most sensible area for those aviaries.
MAKING A PROFIT
This coming spring and summer will also be the time for a concerted effort to increase our profits from this farm. We plan on doubling the quail population, and we want to start raising exotic birds, not only quail but also some other breeds, like pheasants. So that requires serious study and preparation. I have to find markets for whatever we decide to raise and I need to establish those markets now before the product is available.
STRADDLING THE FENCE
I think a time comes for every urban farmer where they are straddling the fence between farming for self-sufficiency/sustainability and farming for a profit. When have we reached that point? Do we want to go further? Do we want to go bigger? In other words, when does a hobby become a business, and do we want the hobby to become a business?
Our answer is yes!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comment section.
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Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you and yours….or Happy Holidays….or Pax Vobiscum if you prefer…and HAPPY NEW YEAR!