The idea of homesteading can be pretty intimidating for preppers. After all, this entails them to get out of their comfort zone, and away from many of the modern comforts and conveniences they love.
Not to mention, this lifestyle also often requires preppers to leave their 9-5 jobs. Thus, many people fear they don’t have the financial stability to be able to get by.
Luckily, there’s a few ways your survival garden can work FOR you, and help you earn some extra cash. This supplement income can really pay off – especially over time.
4 Ways Your Survival Garden Can Make You Extra $$
Sell Off Extra Fruits & Veggies
Many people are drawn to organic, local fruits and vegetables. There’s just something about knowing where your food comes from and how it’s grown that makes people trust it (and you) a whole lot more).
As such, this is something you can use to your advantage to make some extra money. Especially since not nearly as many people grow their own crops as you might think. The convenience of you selling them fresh produce is enough motivation for many people to cough up the dough.
Sell Local Seedlings
Seedlings are extremely valuable to many homesteaders. That’s because this little plant is in its beginning stages, and is living proof that the seed “worked” and grows good, hearty plants.
As such, many people will buy these seedlings to take home and plant in their garden. This eliminates their trial and error process of growing seeds, only to find that some are good and some are bad.
Keep in mind that seedlings are extra valuable when they’re a local species that’s native to the area and its climate.
Make A Profit On Organic Compost
Compost is basically soil that’s extremely rich in natural nutrients. However, this is a fairly scarce resource, since industrial farming techniques have been causing soil depletion.
As such, this gives you ample opportunity to provide homesteaders with dense, hearty compost… for a pretty penny.
The best thing is you can make compost from home, using things you use every day such as egg shells and banana peels. Keep in mind this process takes a while, so start preparing now!
Teach Others the Art of Gardening
Teaching others the craft that’s making you money can seem counterintuitive. However, it makes sense when you think about it.
For one, people will be paying for your knowledge and expertise. Not to mention, you can milk this by offering a “basics” course, and then charging more for more complex training courses. You can even charge extra for private lessons.
Second, teaching others enhances the public’s perception of you. If fellow homesteaders see you teaching others this survival skill, they’re bound to trust you more. In addition, they’ll likely be more open to trading skills with you – say, your survival gardening techniques for their hunting expertise.
Not to mention, this will secure your place in the community. Once people see how generous you are, they’re more likely to do favors for you if you need them. They may also see you as more trustworthy, and will share some of their skills/resources with you.
Sharing this survival skill can put a stop to you feeling like an outsider, and can quickly turn you into a trusted confidante to many people.