Our guide, Golden Harvest, covers four of the best high-value specialty crops for small growers: Bamboo, Garlic, Ginseng and Oyster Mushrooms. You’ll learn all the basic information needed to plant, grow, harvest and sell each crop.
For thousands of years, bamboo has been an everyday part of Asian culture,providing food, shelter and raw material for everything from garden fences to flutes. Several varieties of bamboo are grown exclusively for their edible shoots, producing a yearly harvest of up to ten tons per acre.
In North America, bamboo is being re-discovered as a landscaping plant, and most growers can’t keep up with the demand. Bamboo is not just a tropical plant either -many varieties originated in Japan and China, where the climate can be just as harsh as New England’s.
Landscapers are using more and more bamboo instead of traditional shrubs. Why? According to one grower, “You can use bamboo as a hedge, as a screen, as a specimen plant or as a shade plant. Bamboo keeps it’s green color throughout the winter, and it’s easy to grow. Plus, you can get a big plant quickly, unlike trees that take years to mature.
Having spent hours browsing the web trying to piece together all the information on running a backyard bamboo business – your eBook “Golden Harvest” delivers a clear roadmap to make it happen. What a great service! Karl Joseph, Nashville, TN.
In Golden Harvest, you’ll learn the 35 most popular hardy bamboo varieties, and how to grow and harvest each one. You’ll learn the secrets of container growing, for pre-potting vigorous bamboo plants that bring top dollar from landscapers and retail customers (who are willing to pay as much as $150 for premium plants.
Garlic is a member of the same family as onions, shallots, leeks and chives. For thousands of years, garlic has been used for cooking and medicinal purposes. Recent scientific research has proven many of the historical claims for garlic’s health-giving and medicinal powers. It’s chemical ingredients can fight bacteria, lower cholesterol levels and act as an organic insecticide.
According to a Vegetable Crops Specialist at Cornell University, “There’s a booming market out there for fresh local garlic. Those growing it can sell every clove they prouduce. Elephant garlic, for example, retails for $6 a pound and produces up to 15,000 pounds per acre.”
Garlic is an ideal crop for the small grower, as it’s labor intensive and almost foolproof. Because it tolerates a wide variety of soils and weather, it’s very hard to lose a crop. For decades, growers have nicknamed garlic “the mortgage lifter” for that very reason.
Most small growers use “value-added” techniques to get a higher price for their garlic, such as garlic braids, and garlic powder. Francis Pollock, a Pennsylvania grower, has found even more ways to add value to his garlic crop. In addition to selling bulbs and braids, he sells “garlic gardens” sized to grow on a windowsill. He also discovered that the Chinese have long harvested the garlic greens for seasoning, much like chives, so he now sells greens and a recipe for garlic greens pesto sauce for $15 a pound in season!
In Golden Harvest, you’ll learn how to make $2 per square foot growing garlic. You’ll find the essential information you’ll need – sources for seed cloves – planting – harvesting – when and how to harvest for premium bulbs – how to double your prices with value-added products – and the ten best markets for your garlic.
I had been bouncing around, trying to make money with some farming. And in today’s economy, let’s face it; it’s harder than ever to make ends meet. This book showed me the way. I have two left thumbs and neither one is green. This book was so clear and easy to follow, that I was off to the races in about two weeks. I gained the knowledge I needed and the confidence. This book will help you make money in farming, right in your backyard. Mary Ford – Michigan
Often called “Green Gold”, ginseng is an ordinary looking plant which grows on the shaded forest floor. It’s value lies buried in the slow growing tuberous rootstock.
The Chinese have valued the root for thousands of years as the most potent of herbs and as a regenerative tonic. Since it was discovered in the U.S. almost three hundred years ago, ginseng has been exported to the Orient. Today, Asians in the Pacific basin buy most of the American crop.
According to Dr. Tom Konsler, a professor at North Carolina’s Horticultural Crops Research Station, and an authority on ginseng, “American ginseng has great potential as a small-scale cash crop. But ginseng production is not a get-rich-quick scheme. By it’s nature, ginseng requires patience.”
Growing ginseng means duplicating it’s native forest environment, and there are three ways to do this. Most ginseng today is grown under artificial shade. Another approach, the wild-simulated method, is the easiest, the least expensive, and the slowest. Prices are much higher, up to $250 per pound, but your first harvest is at least six years away.One person can plant an acre a year, even on steep hillsides and ravines. Because the seeds are scattered and left to grow naturally, the roots look like wild roots, which bring the highest prices.
The third method, called “woods-cultivated”, requires preparing growing beds in your woodlands. As with the wild-simulated approach, the main expense is labor. With just a tiller and hand tools, one person can plant a small area of 1/8 acre each year for a sustained income starting in six years.
Until recently, it’s been very difficult for anyone interested in getting started in ginseng to find reliable information on the practical growing details. Golden Harvest gives you the start-up information you’ll need. You’ll learn about the three methods of growing ginseng, with a special focus on “woods-cultivated”, the best method for most small growers. Using this method, growers can avoid the high cost of shade coverings and fungicides. In addition to growing information, the chapter also includes a resource list for seeds, seedlings, equipment, and best of all, a list of buyers for your harvested roots.
Bob Hanson and his wife Kathy started growing gourmet mushrooms a few years ago, and now grow shiitake, portobello and oyster mushrooms. They sell their entire crop at the Farmer’s Market, where regular customers line up to buy the freshly harvested mushrooms every week.
Hanson, who believes in sustainable agriculture, grows all his mushrooms in his barn, where “high technology” consists of a fan and a 40-watt light bulb. He keeps the operation small scale, with he and his wife supplying all the labor. Hanson is fond of his oyster mushrooms, because as he says, “They are so easy to grow.” He just mixes spawn with straw and puts the straw in plastic bags with slits. A few weeks later, he has mushrooms.
He is optimistic about the prospects for small-scale mushroom growers. He knows other growers who sell their fresh gourmet mushrooms to restaurants and local grocers. Says Hanson, “There are a lot of different niches that people can go into. As long as you can grow a good product, you can market it.”
In most areas, it’s hard to find gourmet mushrooms, such as oyster and shiitake. Both have a short shelf life, and do not stand up well to long distance shipping – a barrier to large mushroom companies. That’s why small local growers will always have the “freshness advantage” with local consumers who want a high quality product.
What do consumers like about gourmet mushrooms? With the trend to healthier foods, mushrooms fit the bill nicely. Gourmet mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol free, pesticide free and have many medicinal benefits. Consumers are also concerned about their food safety, and gourmet mushrooms can be grown without harmful chemicals.
Oyster mushrooms are fast growing – ready to harvest in just a few weeks – which gives new growers a fast payback on their investment, as well as the flexibility to increase production to meet additional demand.
Oyster mushrooms also produce heavy yields – the average is one pound of mushrooms for each pound of straw used to grow them. Most growers average six “crop cycles” per year. This allows growers to produce lots of mushrooms in a small space. A 200 square foot growing area, for example, can produce 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of mushrooms each year.
Current prices range from a wholesale price of $3 per pound up to $7 per pound when selling direct to the consumer, such as restaurants or at the farmer’s market. Prices will vary from region to region, but in general, the fresh local mushrooms always bring top dollar.
In part four of Golden Harvest, you’ll learn the five steps of growing a crop of oyster mushrooms. You’ll learn how to set up a growing area on a budget, where to buy spawn(seed) and how to harvest and sell your mushrooms.
Here’s why growing specialty crops is a perfect spare-time business.
- It’s something anyone can do. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, or how old you are, or how far you got in school… you can easily do this. All you need is a growing space and a few hand tools.
- You can work on your own schedule. If you can spare an hour or two a day, you can grow specialty crops.
- You’ll be doing something you love. If you love growing plants and gardening, you’ll look forward to tending your crop and it won’t seem like work at all.
- You can turn it into a full-time business. You can get started in your spare time, with just a small investment, and if you choose, expand it to a full time business.
- It’s a “low-tech” business. You don’t need expensive equipment or years of horticultural training to succeed. You can earn as you learn.
- You don’t even need to own the land. Many growers simply lease their growing area from landowners for a small share of the profits.
Here are just a few of the secrets you’ll learn in “Golden Harvest”
• Sources for rare bamboo varieties that are prized by collectors and can bring up to $200 each in pots… chapter 1.
• How to get free bamboo plants with a simple propagation method that takes only a minute or two… chapter 1.
• A quarter-acre of container-grown bamboo can bring $90,000. Best landscaping varieties to grow and sell… chapter 1.
• This garlic grower sells his gourmet garlic from his backyard quarter-acre only by mail for $10 a pound… and sells out every year… chapter 2.
• Value-added garlic products that can bring 300% profits… chapter 2.
• Turn a shady half-acre into $100,000 of ginseng seed and roots… chapter 3.
• How to turn a backyard shed and a few straw bales into thousands of pounds of oyster mushrooms worth $6 per pound… chapter 4.
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The specialty crop business is thriving, and there has never been a better time to get started. Best of all, you can get started growing specialty crops with just a few hundred dollars. Golden Harvest cover all the essentials you need to take your growing business from startup to profitable. Golden Harvest is a 60 page e-book, delivered as an instant download to your computer so you can read it within minutes of placing your order. If you’re ready to get started, get your copy today!
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