8 Profitable Agriculture Small Farm Ideas [Thread]

Farming does not have to be at large scale, with a space in the backyard one can start successful business. The following are types of farming one can start:
1. Dual Crop Farming
Dual crop farming or multiple cropping can be either mixed cropping or intercropping. Mixed cropping refers to raising two or more types of crops in the same area while intercropping is raising different crops in close proximity.
2. Tree Nursery
A tree nursery can be a great investment when done right. Most farmers start with 10 to 20 seedlings in a small acre, and with right marketing strategy, they would have the baby trees sold out before they mature. You can buy small trees or raise them from scratch.
3. Fish Farming
Fish farming is an ideal business idea for investors with available land, and it doesn’t always require a body of water. You can start a fish farm either by creating fish ponds or investing in fish tanks; it’s a highly scalable business idea.
Once you have the proper knowledge of fish raising, you will be able to decide the type of fish to raise. The decision as to which fish you want to raise will ultimately rely on your skill, financial capacity, market demand, and agro-climatic condition.
4. Herb Gardening
People are now more conscious of what they put in their food and appreciate how these plants contribute to a better dining experience.When starting your own herb garden,make sure to emphasize variety and choose the ones that are in demand so they’re easy to sell
You can start an herb business with small roadside sales from your backyard, selling herbs that you cut, the plants, seeds, or all three. You can also sell the plants and seeds online.
5. Bee Farming
Apiculture or beekeeping often starts as a hobby, and the capital needed to begin is quite low. Bee pollen and royal jelly are considered superfoods and are sold at a high price. You only need a small area in your backyard but you still have to check with your
local government unit first to see if they allow beekeeping in your area.
Beginner bee farmers are encouraged to purchase a nucleus hive as it helps them learn the basics of beekeeping and nurture its growth. You will also need equipment such as protective gear etc
6. Aquaponics
Aquaponics is a farming method that combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). This means farmers produce crops without requiring as much water or land area.
It translates to a lower investment cost and more potential for profit as it’s known to produce crops faster and in greater volume. Experts advise beginners to start small and expand as they learn how to maximize their production.
7. Microgreens Farming
Microgreens are young vegetables or baby plants that are around 10-14 days old and 1 to 3 inches tall. They are the small edible vegetables that restaurants use as garnishing for a dish or serve in a salad.
You’ll find that they’re in high demand; customers like their visual appeal and health benefits. Beginner farmers should consider this business, because microgreens are easy to grow, turnaround time is high, and it requires little investment to start.
8. Hydroponic Farming
Hydroponics is the process of growing crops with nutrient-rich water kept in contact with the plant roots instead of using soil. This process significantly reduces the risk of wastage and pollution that can harm the produce and cause diseases,
making it popular to health-conscious consumers. Like aquaponics, the minimal use of land area needed also makes hydroponics a low-cost investment while increasing the growth rate of plants to 25% of a well-designed garden; this means you will have more products available to sell
There are different hydroponic systems farmers can learn and try:

Static: Plants are grown in tubs or plastic buckets. Water may be unaerated or only gently aerated (water infused with gas).
Continuous flow: The nutrient-rich water solution constantly flows past the roots,
so plants can absorb oxygen better.
Aeroponics: Plant roots are only misted with nutrient solution instead of submerged in liquid.
Ebb and flow: Plants are flooded with water and then drained several times a day.
While Hydroponics seems like an easy business to try, take your time analyzing your options and learning about hydroponics from experts before you start your own.

Take time to research before starting any of the farming
*Source: FitSmallBusiness


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