Homesteading is going to be great, but besides just growing for myself and my family can I make money from it?
What are some other ways to make money from our homestead?
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture or CSA sales are a great way to sell your products. The major benefit of CSA is that your produce and animals are pre-sold in the form of shares. This gives you a great guide for how much you need to produce each season.
Community Supported Agriculture: What it is, and Why it’s Awesome
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How to Start and Run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Group
Kevin T. Ford, Community-Supported Agriculture Farmer
Community Supported Agriculture a Win for Farmers and Members
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Mother Earth Living share this with their readers on the subject:
From Farm To Table: 5 Reasons to Join a CSA
Cultivating Community: Community-Supported Agriculture
How to Build a Local Food Community
Mother Earth Living shared How to Organize a Farmer's Market if there is not one already in your area. Grit offered this advice on how to be profitable Selling Produce at Local Farmers’ Markets and Mother Earth News provided this advice, Local Self-Reliance: Inner City Farmers Markets.
That's all great if I'm growing crops but what about if I am raising animals?
Our chickens are not yet producing eggs, but we have applied for a Nest Run Permit, which is free. The permit is good until we produce more than 750 Dozen eggs, so that's a long way off, it does not allow us to state a grade or quality on the eggs and does NOT entail USDA Certification or Inspections. The drawback is that there are certain words we are prohibited from using when selling our eggs like Organic, Fresh or Local, without upgrading permits, inspecting and getting USDA Certifications. Here at least, there are no restrictions as to who we can sell Nest Run Eggs to.
Meat sales are also heavily regulated. For example, we can process 20,000 chicks for our own personal use but can not sell one without USDA Inspection and Permits. Selling meat from Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, Ducks, Turkeys and any other farm animal requires USDA Approval and Permits. However, if you sell a live animal and they process it themselves or take it to a sanctioned, legitimate processing plant that is totally legal and you do not require any USDA inspection or Permit. For us,The University of Arizona Meat Lab, is a licensed & inspected USDA Facility that will process an animal any way you tell them. There are also 2 other local processing facilities. You can check with your local University if they have an Ag Program, post an add on Craig's List or even check the Yellow Pages for Meat Processors in your area.