posted on Jan, 1 2009 @ 09:13 PM
I do not have any hands on experience (yet) but I can share the avenues that the wife and I are currently exploring since buying a retired dairy
We are researching the following options:
Catfish Farm - sell live to local residents and restaurants (More research required here as we are in the Midwest with very cold winters - big issue,
product survivability) I am not aware of regulatory (at this point in time) requirements.
Meat Goats - I know there are local/state AG requirements but I do know that off grid sales would be feasible through various ethnicities by word of
mouth for good healthy product.
Milk Goats - milk, soap, cheese, ice cream, yogurt - Aside from milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt sales in which local/state AG requirements apply -
this could be a great cottage industry as far as soaps in different aromas, sizes and shapes. Could be sold in hand made (small) baskets, ect.
Llama or El Paca - hair fiber spun and then woven into products (a lot of work) but I believe no local/state AG requirements apply.
Pumpkins - Have done this but barely covered cost.
Grapes - Planted three varieties three years ago. Had our fist grape yield this past year. Grapes can be sold as is. Another option WINE, but here
again local/state regs would apply.
These are just a few options we are exploring that I wanted to share. On the financial end, I have put pencil to paper and the profits would be
marginal off grid.
In my humble opinion, once you get to a size where you are producing enough product to turn a decent profit, you are no longer off the grid. Liability
insurance or LLC filing would be required and would put you on the grid - REMEMBER - DON'T SACRIFICE THE FARM
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