Organic Farm Business
We bought an old farmhouse and four acres in Caldwell, TX in February of 2012, with dreams of starting an organic farm and microgreens/exotic vegetables business called Soilent Greens. We had moved into the house in November of 2011 as renters, and realized that 80 year old farmhouses need some love. That "love" turned out to be a) fixing a leaky roof; b) heating it through the winter (one only, until we get a wood-burning stove); and, c) repairing several plumbing and electrical issues. All of these issues of course came about after we closed on the house, as-is.
We used all of our Soilent Greens
start-up money and most of the garden money to fix/maintain the
house, all right before spring planting time. We can't move forward
until we somehow get funding. The following plan gives us six months-worth of operating expenses; we hope to be self-sufficient well before that.
Grow medium: 300
Misting system: 200
Clamshell shipping containers: 150
Blue Ice: 200
The dream here isn't all that spendy, but it's grand. We want to sell what we can, use what we can, and donate the remainder to Brazos Valley Food Bank. We want to work with the community and teach school kids how easy it is to grow your own food. We plan to work with our local CSA to sell our goods and spread the sustainability word. We have restaurant contacts to make a little return on the Soilent Greens concept.
The 7500 sf garden has been tilled and there's an 11x22' kitchen garden for us by the house. That's a LOT of growing room. Plus, we have a greenhouse in place, awaiting Soilent Greens "seed" money.
If you can find it in your heart to
help us with our dream, we'd be eternally grateful, including sending
you greens and vegetables, and inviting you to come stay at the farm
for a weekend, helping us feed the chickens and geese, and maybe
wrangling a goat or three.
Even if you can't send money, good vibes are sincerely welcome as well. Thank you!
I like your idea of growing organic vegetables (veganic would be even better!), and I just wondered what part the chickens, geese and goats play in your plans. Will they be killed for "food," or are they just there to enjoy life?