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New, just wanted to say hi 1 Reply

I'm very small scale right now, just trying to sell a few pounds of worms online. Looking to get my name out there, and down the road a stall at the farmer's market sounds like a great plan. So, hi…Continue

Started by ryan. Last reply by Patricia Jun 7, 2014.

Hello new to group just saying hi.

Hello new to group just saying hi.Continue

Started by Mr.Jacob Tiffin May 9, 2012.

Costs and Pricing 18 Replies

This is a topic that is very difficult to nail down because of all the variables, location, audience, local abundance, etc.  But I think that general discussions in these areas are possible.  Often…Continue

Started by Don Dillon. Last reply by Patrick John Feb 22, 2012.

Markets 2 Replies

We have a couple of huge markets and some small ones in our area. The small ones are very "sprouty," and were more than eager to have me bring my compost and tea for sale.I'm much too small to…Continue

Started by Jay Reidy. Last reply by Carolyn O'Connor Oct 6, 2011.

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Comment by Don Dillon on September 16, 2010 at 4:35pm
If your looking for a food source other than 'feed' (worm chow?), I very strongly suggest you find good sources of horse manure. Aged if possible, and stall bedding (usually straw/sawdust mixed with manure) is excellent too. With manure, you will get the best population growth and they will convert that stuff faster than you can imagine. (ask Larry, he's a big advocate of the manure feed).
I'm not going to be big enough for sales by the yard anytime soon, so I haven't given it much thought about being man handled by any governing boards. If my current plans continue though, I will have to start thinking about it soon.
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 8, 2010 at 5:51am
Anybody going to Market this weekend? I think I have 4 more Markets before the end of the year, then we break until March. I am trying to decide if I want to expand and go to one additional Market next year...which will mean entrusting my "baby" to somebody else (not family). What do you think?
Comment by Don Dillon on November 8, 2010 at 6:41am
Heather, have you thought about atarting a CSA. These are very, very popular here, and usually if your not signed up to a farms CSA by the previous year, they are all booked up.

CSA - Community Sponsored Agriculture. A customer buys a share in the farm in advance (helps the farmer buy seed and stock at begginning of year), and the customers recieve a weekly portion of fresh picked, in season, local, produce (or eggs, dairy, poultry, cheese, etc). CSA's in Va usually run from May to Oct/Nov. There are many options to this model, ie. delivered weekly (fee), or pick up at farm, or at a farmers market. Shares run $400 to $600+, and you usually get a full brown paper bag/box of inseason produce each week.

There are many models of payment too, ie, a weekly share is pre-portioned for you, or you shop at the farms farmer market stall using your share as a bank and you get discounted prices for the amount of your share, and then the discount continues if you buy more (bonus ;)

check out www.localharvest.org for a good site that tracks CSA farms.
Comment by Eve on November 8, 2010 at 7:25am
Thanks for the local harvest link Don.

I would have said there were no farmers markets around here. But i found one has started up in Clayton. I used to live there so it was a surprise. Its done for the season and it the only one in the 3 county area but its only 10 miles away. Not bad at all.

So they will be seeing me next summer.
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 8, 2010 at 7:41am
Don, I don't have quite enough produce for a CSA, and there are several in the area. My excess produce is going to our a natural taco stand, about 2 miles away. I barely have enough garden space to meet that demand, Farmer's Market demand, and my own healthy veggie-eating family demand.
Damon, I would hire somebody from a contractor standpoint, not a full-time employee.
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 8, 2010 at 8:18am
Oh, I also am a member of Local Harvest, it is a great group and they send some very informative newsletters.
Comment by Don Dillon on November 8, 2010 at 9:33am
Heather, what about a Worm wine CSA? You might do something like provide different levels of partnership, ie.
level one: Wormwine and castings in monthly share
level two: Wormwine and castings applied by you (or intern) monthly. includes a foliant spraying in spring and summer for best results.
level three: Some other form of service???
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 8, 2010 at 10:04am
Don, now you have me! I need to think that through, hmmmmm.
HMMMMMM
Hmmmmmm
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 9, 2010 at 5:56am
Damon, I have about 600 square foot...wish I had about 5-10 acres of gardens, fruit trees, blackberry brambles, hens, etc. My little 1/4 acre Worm Ranch gets used to the max!
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on November 12, 2010 at 5:30am
Making Worm Wine, packing VC, harvesting and packing greens, lettuces, eggplant, radishes, and herbs for tomorrow. My last market was soft, it was cold and rainy...tomorrow might be the same--I hope not!

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