Obviously when we move to the property we will want to take advantage of the space and the ability to actively get into sustainable agriculture. Two of the things we’ve been planning on is raising grass fed beef and pastured poultry.
We had the fortunate timing this trip of being there for a local agricultural event where we were able to meet a number of folks that are active in the local farmers market community.
It turns out there is a huge market hole right now for pastured poultry. People are paying $8/lb for it and they can’t get enough. And the main supplier isn’t going to have very much this year because she’s going in a different direction.
My mother and I talked about it, and it sounds like she’s going to go ahead and get started this year with the chicken, which will help establish a name and bring in some solid income.
I ran the numbers for her based on what she can realistically do this year and it’s a pretty nice chunk of change. And the farmers market folks are begging her to raise chicken this year.
This is a perfect model for her to get started with, because it’s small enough that she can handle it mostly on her own but it also provides for hands on experience and gets a customer base started.
Dad and I are contemplating getting a few cows to start with this year. It’s more a money question than anything else, but it’d be nice to get started with that as well. And push comes to shove we get some good beef this fall…
There’s also only one farm locally who is advertising local honey and bee products, which bodes well for my apiary plans after the move. This trip really got the juices flowing and makes me want to get out there quickly.
On a side note, for anyone who is interested in this stuff, Joel Salatin’s books have been invaluable resources. They’re a bit light on ‘how to’ for my taste, but they provide a rock solid philosophical grounding, and tell you the ‘why’ and some of the ‘how’. It fits my experimental side pretty well.
If you’re at all interested in sustainable agriculture, you owe it to yourself to read his stuff.