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Small Investment
Agriculture
Hank Will
Editorial Director, Ogden Publications
Owner/Operator, Prairie Turnip Farm
Early- to Mid- 20th Century
• Gardening Was A Way Of Life
• War & Victory Gardens
• Chicken Flocks & Turkeys
• Feeder Pig ...
Mid- to Late- 20th Century
• Gardening A Hobby
• Exodus From To Suburbia
• Acculturation To Lawns
Early- 21st Century
• Socially Driven Local Food Movement
• Gardening Growing In Popularity
• Exodus To Rural And Urban Fr...
Do I Need Everything THEY Say I do?
• That Depends
–Define Your Niche
–Identify Your Goals
–Take Stock Of Your Resources
–...
Labor In Lieu Of Loans
• Physical Labor
• Volunteer Labor
• Bartered Labor
• Education As Labor
Low Or No Cost Tools
• Carrying Devices
• Tilling Devices
• Planting Devices
• Irrigating Devices
• Harvesting Devices
• R...
Low Or No Cost Tools
• Wheel Hoe
• Attachments
Low Or No Cost Tools
• Scythe
• Rake
Plow With Pigs
Plow With Pigs
Weed With Geese
Mow With Sheep
Goats For Brush Control
Chickens For Compost & Tillage
Revenue Potential
• Cut Flowers – $30K
• Vegetables – $30K
• Eggs – $7.5K
• Lamb/Goat – $7.5K
• Perennials - $10K
• Berrie...
Resources
• You
• Your Passion
• Your Skills
• Friends & Organizations
• Books & Magazines
• Websites
• Social Media
THANK YOU!
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  1. 1. Small Investment Agriculture Hank Will Editorial Director, Ogden Publications Owner/Operator, Prairie Turnip Farm
  2. 2. Early- to Mid- 20th Century • Gardening Was A Way Of Life • War & Victory Gardens • Chicken Flocks & Turkeys • Feeder Pig & Family Cow
  3. 3. Mid- to Late- 20th Century • Gardening A Hobby • Exodus From To Suburbia • Acculturation To Lawns
  4. 4. Early- 21st Century • Socially Driven Local Food Movement • Gardening Growing In Popularity • Exodus To Rural And Urban From Suburbia • Small-Scale And Urban Farming Explode • Niches Ripe For Exploitation
  5. 5. Do I Need Everything THEY Say I do? • That Depends –Define Your Niche –Identify Your Goals –Take Stock Of Your Resources –How Much Labor Can You Commit
  6. 6. Labor In Lieu Of Loans • Physical Labor • Volunteer Labor • Bartered Labor • Education As Labor
  7. 7. Low Or No Cost Tools • Carrying Devices • Tilling Devices • Planting Devices • Irrigating Devices • Harvesting Devices • Repurpose • Build
  8. 8. Low Or No Cost Tools • Wheel Hoe • Attachments
  9. 9. Low Or No Cost Tools • Scythe • Rake
  10. 10. Plow With Pigs
  11. 11. Plow With Pigs
  12. 12. Weed With Geese
  13. 13. Mow With Sheep
  14. 14. Goats For Brush Control
  15. 15. Chickens For Compost & Tillage
  16. 16. Revenue Potential • Cut Flowers – $30K • Vegetables – $30K • Eggs – $7.5K • Lamb/Goat – $7.5K • Perennials - $10K • Berries - $10K • Your Niche - $??
  17. 17. Resources • You • Your Passion • Your Skills • Friends & Organizations • Books & Magazines • Websites • Social Media
  18. 18. THANK YOU!

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