Black Dog Farms

  (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Eatin' Good, Livin' Good
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Do The Math

One acre will produce enough vegetables for about 30 shareholders. That is what I have found anyways. I devote one acre to only 15 shareholders merely because I try to under promise and over deliver, but I easily pull enough out of the ground to sell 30 shares. Next year I am going for the full 30 shares, and still plan on delivering heaping amounts to my shareholders.

If I sell a full 30 shares at my price of $350- $19.44 per week (seems to be about market rate here in my area, but low for some of you), my gross would come out to $10,500. Not bad for one acre. Increasing my acreage to 5 would yield $52,500.

I have read where some share type growers are actually producing enough for 40 shares per acre, and getting $600 per share. That is $24,000 per acre. Very nice results.

By adding a high tunnel a grower could manage to extend the share season by a month or so, depending on the area. In my case, if I can extend the share season from 18 weeks to 25, I can add $19.44 per week to the share cost, bringing the total to $486 per share. In this case, my gross would increase to $14,582 per acre for the season.

I am adding what I call "late season shares" to the mix this year. I am selling a share for $250- $31.25 per week for 8 weeks of August and September goodies. I am setting the price higher for a variety of reasons, and have already sold 3 of the 10 experimental shares. I will be using a 1/4 acre plot to start with and am quite sure that I can make this work. In this case, 10 shares at $250 will gross $2,500, which equates to $10,000 per acre.

Even at only 18 weeks, the regular shares plus the late season shares will gross  $13,000. By using the high tunnel and increasing the timeline for shares, my farm will gross $17,000. Not bad for 1.25 acres, 30 regular shares and 10 late season shares. 

Got any suggestions for me? I still consider myself a newbie after 5 years.




What do you want to eat?

Go to the grocery store and take a look at the produce. Lots of stuff that looks a day or two old at best. Now read the little signs that the store puts next to each vegetable or fruit. Product of Mexico. 

How long does it take to get a bunch of celery from Mexico to my town in Idaho? The stuff has to be picked, and then packaged or processed, and then delivered. I say a few days at best.

What kind of rules are there in Mexico that govern the growing of crops? I have a guess, and it is not good.

Buy local and know your farmer. Know how they grow the stuff. See the crops come out of the ground.

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