Start a Fruit Farm Business

Earn supplemental income with a suburban farm business and growing fruit.

  • When meeting with your potential customers, bring several samples of what you have to offer in clean and attractive packaging.
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  • Red currants are easy to grow.
    Photo by Michael Brown
  • Haskap is a tasty fruit commonly grown in Canada.
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  • Market your surplus apple crop and sell to neighbors.
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  • When transitioning your backyard into a suburban farm, start small, dedicating a portion of the space to growing a few plants. As you hone your production skills and build your customer base, you can continue to convert more space to growing more food.
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  • Gooseberries are a popular item at farmers markets.
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The street where I live is probably familiar to most people: rows of well-kept houses, manicured lawns, and pretty trees. While this may be an attractive picture to some, the only thing these yards produce is work for the homeowner, without much return. From my front yard, my house appears to be, more or less, a typical suburban house. (I promised this to my wife.) But I’ve managed to turn my residential lot into a suburban farm. Another world awaits those who enter the gate leading to my backyard.

Eight years ago, as my youngest child neared the end of high school, I decided to expand my love of gardening into a business. I started off small, with about a tenth of an acre in my backyard. I named my suburban farm “Pitspone Farm” from a Hebrew word meaning very small. Over the years, I’ve slowly expanded my business, and at this point I’ve more or less taken over the entire backyard, about a third of an acre.

My goal has always been to explore the model of a small-acreage suburban farm, both as an income-producing entity and as a contributor to the food supply. This model might be of interest to people in several types of circumstances:

1. Not everyone has access to large, affordable acreage for farming. However, many of us living in the suburbs have easy access to enough land for a suburban farm.

2. A suburban farm can be a useful way to transition into larger acreage, by establishing markets and experimenting with various crops.

3. Being a suburban farmer doesn’t mean you have to do it full time. A small suburban farm allows one to work a farm while holding down an additional job.

3/23/2018 3:43:41 PM

This is a very nice read. My yard is 3 acres I live in Kentucky 40 miles south of Louisville, and I want to grow things that I can sale rather than cut the grass for 6 hrs. a week. What recommendations do you have as to what i can start growing, that would not break the bank my only source of income is social security. But I am not afraid of hard work and I do have a bit of a green thumb. Thanks: Tom M

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