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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Could one make an income from 3-5 acres?
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2019, 09:09:16 am »
Small animal boarding? Chickens, guinae pigs, hens, etc?


  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Could one make an income from 3-5 acres?
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2019, 10:51:26 am »
Realistically how much money are you gonna make from boarding guinea pigs? 50 quid a month?

Yo can make a living from only couple of acres of farming - I have seen it. But you have to grow quite intensively and quite high value crops.  For example to make a living from growing just baby greens and salads all you need is a largish poly tunnel or two. At the same time plant some fruit trees in between vegetable rows and have some (100-1000) laying hens as this is very easy to set up and manage.
At the end it's all about the marketing. You can sell those 1000 eggs a day to supermarket for pennies or convince people that these are THE BEST eggs they can ever taste - pastures hens that graze fresh herbs and grass every day and have never seen a massive ugly industrial barn.

That s what we are planning - egg laying hens in a movable coop (old trailer chassis) following couple of cows and sheep which are also moved every day to a new paddock.
Meat chickens in small movable coops again moves every day to fresh grass.
We have an advantage of living right next to the city of Leicester 30miles from Nottingham, Coventry, Northampton, Peterborough and 40miles to Birmingham to within 1 hours drives we have at least 3 million people! You can't say that in some other parts of the country though.
I know people who make a living farming 1.5 acres of just vegetables - however - if you wanna grow that much potatoes or other root veg - forget it. You would have to grow a lot of salads and greens - they grow fast so you have a quick rotation and they are relatively expensive per kg.
You could have veg box school, sell to restaurants (contract), farmers markets etc
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Could one make an income from 3-5 acres?
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2019, 02:04:29 pm »
Have a read of Hendersonís Farming Ladder
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Could one make an income from 3-5 acres?
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2019, 10:30:28 pm »
I made a good living for over 10 years from my 2.5 acre holding growing mushrooms.
In fact the mushroom tunnels only took about 6000 sq feet of land leaving room for other things.
I have retired from the mushrooms now but about 8 years ago I planted a 50 tree apple orchard which is cropping well now.
I produce traditional cider, apple juice and cider vinegar which I sell at Farmers Markets.                       It is absolutely possible to earn good money but you need to think outside the box and be prepared to work hard at it.  :thumbsup: [size=78%]   [/size]


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