The weeks fly by as it's been busy! Promotion efforts for holiday gifts are part of it to sell calendars and other items that promote the farm. Then there's also planting plans, and some other varieties of seed were ordered to expand the offering.
Then there's promotion of the new ventures to help during the 'slow' months - custom raised pullets. For those who want just a few pullets it's difficult to order small amounts and keep them alive. We'll order and start them in January/February and they're picked up in May shortly before they start laying. They're paid for now, offering a better price for the customer and a known market/deadline for us. Additionally the growth of the birds can be monitored via photos and video.
Another new venture is an expansion of the existing idea, with something for those who don't have time to set up a spring garden but want fresh produce. We will bring the raised bed to the customer. Again, an advanced order fee - we deliver the raised bed, soil, manure, seed and set up - the customer does watering, weeding, succession seeding and pest control.
A gift of a small video camera means we can now shoot some basic videos. That's another part of allowing people to see what we're doing. From both a customer and investor standpoint this is an important upgrade for us.
We have several small ($100-200) projects being worked towards in stages as cash funds are available. Some of these include: a new hutch/pen out front, a totally enclosed tighter muscovy pen, setting up turkey paddocks, ordering turkeys, ordering ducks, ordering additional seed varieties for 2011 and a somewhat larger one of getting a proper running vehicle again. Getting feed in a sports car just doesn't work well!
We're looking forward to 2011 and still working towards getting land to expand - the biggest prize.
Posted by Jan
@ 08:34 AM CST