Time for a new project. And maybe a new career. I am just totally burned out on doing web sites. 20 years is enough. I am now working on converting my 4600 square foot back yard into a vegetable garden. One day all the green grass will be converted to vegetables.
I should be able to grow enough vegatables for my family to be self-sufficient. According to research I've done on the web, there are people with as little as 3000 square feet making $20K per year from their backyards. I know it will take time, but I'm hoping I can learn to do the same.
Some links to articles I've read:
Any Google search will give you lots of information. I don't expect to get rich. I just want to eat well, help others, and get some extra cash in retirement.
How much can I earn?
According to one article, "One person, working 1,000 -5,000 square feet could expect a potential gross revenue of $3,900 - $18,000. Two people working fulltime on 10,000 to 20,000 square feet could expect a potential gross revenue of $36,000 -$72,000." Luckily I have my good friend Cynthia helping on the weekends. We'll just have to wait and see how it comes out.
Another article detailed a family of 4 earning $20-$25,000 per year, and living quite well on this as an only income. Their food costs are practically non-existent, and they've learned to REALLY maximize their 3000 square feet.
It's tough to anticipate how much income you could generate. There are so many variables. You also need to know a lot about growing things. There is no shortage of growing methods. Right now, I'm just building some small raised beds with 2x4's, planting lots of variety and seeing what will happen. In the meantime I am slowly building things like a vertical strawberry garden to hang on the fence, more garden beds, planter boxes out of reclaimed fence boards, and other ideas that I plan to test.
I also want to investigate aquaponics.
With aquaponics you raise fish, and filter the fish water through the plant roots, and grow without soil. It's a cool closed system. this seems like the ultimate in sustainable living. You get enough fish to supply your protein and all the vegatables you need. You can grow year round and use succession planting to have a continuous harvest.
It requires a pump to circulate the water, which I think could be handled with solar panels. All the articles I've read tell you to start small and learn before you go big time. That's what I plan to do.
If you have a garden blog and want to share, send me a link to your site. I would be open to trading links with good blogs or sites.