20 Mar Farm Diversification
Change. It can be best thing in the world or could feel like the worlds coming to an end. Our main worry about change is normally the fear of the unknown or the risk, most farmers also think if something works why change it? This can hold back the farm from its full potential, make it harder for the younger generation to take over and it can quickly rule out any money making ideas you’ve had just because you’re scared incase it goes wrong! However, I agree some things work and should simply be left alone, but there’s so many possibilities we hold ourselves back from. Without a simple change of seasons our ewes wouldn’t come in to tupping and our crops wouldn’t be ready to harvest. If we don’t change our sire, there would be a mess of inbreeding and increase in health problems. The point is change is needed, however small or big. That’s why this year I want you to not hold back, not put an idea to the side because it seems too hard; if it was easy everyone would do it! Get your arse in gear and just do it! Because you can!
I’d say one of the biggest changes of 2019 will be brexit, if I’m honest I’m actually sick of hearing about it, what will happen will happen. But that’s the real question isn’t it… what’s going to happen? The answer… who the hell knows. With all the stick agriculture is getting this year from vegans,etc and no one really knowing how they’re food is produced anymore apart from that it comes from Tesco has kicked me to make my own change. I decided a while ago I wanted to try and cut out the middle man by selling our own lamb/ beef boxes and this year is where I start. There was so many worries why not to and a million why I should. I generally found that the public are willing to pay for a quality product from the producer and with bbq season coming up what is holding me back!
So what’s your idea?
How can you diversify your farm?
Well if you have absolutely no idea why don’t you have a look at my farm diversification list!
Farm diversification list
4-pick your own (strawberries,pumpkins)
6-metal detecting for large groups (pay £10-£15 a head)
7-hold car boot sales
8-charge local shoot to use land
9-rear birds for local shoot
13-open a farm park, tractor rides, maze,play area, cafe
14-open air cinema
16-kennels or cattery
17-host weddings (marque, barn conversion) could be diy where you only supply the land.
18-solar panels/wind turbines
19- grow flowers to sell
20- buy a log splitter and sell logs
21-contact brownies/scouts about camping
22-hold craft fairs/farmers markets
23- rent secure field by the hour to dog walkers
24-horse livery (diy,part or full- tailor it to what suits you)
25-if you have woods rent it out for paint balling,bmx or 4×4
26-sell own pork/beef/lamb to the public or restaurants/pubs
27-make cheeses/ice cream
28-host horse shows (normally pay around £10 per class and £2 first aid per horse) 29-hold agri show,ploughing match,tractor rally
30-set up a cross country course for horses and rent out pet hour (could go around your arable fields or in fields which fit in with your rotation in the summer)
31-rent signage space in roadside fields to businesses
33-rent office/building to local business
35-grow apple trees/make cider
36-rent space o bee keepers or do it yourself and sell honey
37-barn dance/rent barn out for parties
38-vintage car rally
39-holiday cottage/shepherds hut
40- run rural crafts days or rent the space out in a barn or marque (willow weaving,wreath making)
41- riding school
42-boot camps/tough mudder experience
43-vineyard (depending on loacation)
44-spin wool and sell
45- goat milk or meat
46- sheep milk
48- unusual eggs (quail, duck)
49-edible flowers/herbs for cooking
51-alpacas or llamas for wool
52- brewery enterprise
54-open a farm shop
55-clay pigeon shooting
56-open farm sunday
60-milk vending machines
Well what are you waiting for? Wether it’s beginning a new enterprise, hobby or continuing something you already love doing; just do it!
The girl in the green Tractor x