Getting Paid for What I Love to Do


| 10/18/2011 7:53:37 AM


Tags: organic gardening, CSAs, market gardening, Cam Mather,

I planted my first vegetable garden when I was 16. I have no idea why. I lived in suburbia and was a pretty typical teenager. I liked rock music, bought a long coat like the one the members of the band Foreigner wore on the cover of their first album, couldn’t wait to get my license to make it easier to date girls … the usual stuff. But for some reason I decided to start a garden in the solid clay that was left behind after the topsoil had been stripped off in suburgatory. It was so bad that after rain the soil/clay would form a solid mass that nothing could break through. I would have been smarter to have made pots with that clay.

I kept putting in gardens everywhere that I lived. In the small house that Michelle and I owned in suburbia years later there was a black walnut tree in the back yard that poisoned the soil, so we grew our vegetables in the front yard. By the time I was growing corn in my front yard I knew it was time to move to the country.

Every year for the past 13 that we’ve lived here the garden has gotten bigger. And I’ve grown more stuff, some for us and lots for friends and family. We grow great vegetables and people rave about them. But really, anyone can give food away and be successful. The question was could I make money doing it.

We have ramped up our garlic production over the last 10 years and grew 10,000 heads this year and managed to sell all of it. We keep selling out, and I’m not sure what the threshold will be for our garlic.

But all our other vegetables, that was still another story. We decided with the downturn in book sales with the economic mess it was time we looked for another source of income. Our friends Hans and Carolyn at Bon Eco Studio in Tamworth own the corner lot in Tamworth and offered it us if we wanted to set up a stand to sell our vegetables. I guess it helped that we have been giving them veggies for years. And we decided to take them up on it. We are very grateful for their generosity.

So we started selling our produce about the middle of July. I had low expectations but really hoped it would work. Each weekend we sold a bit more as people discovered us. And it was the greatest summer ever! We weren’t getting rich but people were paying us for the vegetables we’d grown! What a concept.

dave
6/11/2014 11:08:40 PM

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