One of the biggest questions I get is, “How do I make money homesteading?”. For me, I found a path teaching permaculture and providing consulting, but it wasn’t easy to start. So, to help homesteaders looking for income ideas (that’s you!), I did more research and put together this guide.
In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at:
- Sell Home-Grown Produce
- Offer Workshops or Classes
- Run a Farmstay or Bed and Breakfast
- Make and Sell Homemade Goods
- Provide Services
- Start a CSA
- Sell Handcrafted Natural Products
- Breed and Sell Livestock
- Provide Land for Events
- Offer Farm-to-Table Dinners
We’ll also cover how much each of these methods make, and how you can get started.
Let’s jump in.
1. Sell Home-Grown Produce
One way to make a living homesteading is by selling home-grown produce. Homesteaders, in this case occasionally called farmsteaders, commonly sell excess fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, or meat at local farmers’ markets, directly to customers, or through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program (more on this later).
Some homesteaders also sell value-added products such as jams, jellies, or sauces made from their produce. Examples of produce that are commonly sold include tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, honey, chicken eggs, and goat milk.
Selling home-grown produce not only provides a source of income but also promotes sustainable living and healthy eating for the community.
According to the USDA, small-scale farmers who sell directly to consumers earn an average of $48,000 per year. However, this can vary depending on the types of produce grown, the local market demand, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
If you’re interested in selling produce on your homestead, here’s how you can get started.
- Research and Planning: Begin by researching the local market, demand for specific produce, and any regulations or requirements related to selling home-grown goods. Create a business plan that outlines your goals, budget, and strategies for growing, marketing, and selling your produce.
- Choose the Right Crops: Select crops that grow well in your climate, have a strong local demand, and offer good profit margins. Consider growing a mix of staple crops (e.g., tomatoes, potatoes, and leafy greens) and specialty crops (e.g., heirloom varieties or exotic fruits) to cater to a diverse customer base.
- Optimize Your Growing Space: Maximize your garden’s productivity by using space-efficient techniques such as raised beds, vertical gardening, and companion planting. Invest in quality soil, compost, and organic fertilizers to ensure healthy and abundant harvests.
- Develop Your Skills: Learn about sustainable and organic farming practices, pest control, crop rotation, and other essential gardening techniques. Attend workshops, read books, and connect with other homesteaders to continually improve your skills and stay up-to-date on best practices.
- Harvest and Process Your Produce: Harvest your crops at peak ripeness to ensure the best quality and taste. Process your produce promptly by washing, trimming, and packaging it in a clean, attractive manner.
- Branding and Marketing: Develop a unique brand and logo for your homestead business. Use social media, local newspapers, and community bulletin boards to promote your produce. Share pictures, stories, and testimonials from satisfied customers to build a strong reputation and customer base.
- Establish Sales Channels: Identify local sales channels such as farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct-to-consumer sales. Consider partnering with local restaurants, grocery stores, or specialty shops to sell your produce.
- Offer Value-Added Products: Increase your revenue by offering value-added products such as jams, pickles, dried herbs, or homemade baked goods made with your produce. These items can help you stand out in the market and provide an additional source of income.
- Diversify Your Income Streams: In addition to selling fresh produce, explore other income-generating activities such as offering farm tours, workshops, or agritourism experiences. This will help ensure a more stable income throughout the year.
- Maintain Accurate Records: Keep track of your expenses, sales, and inventory to help you make informed decisions about your business. Accurate record-keeping is essential for tax purposes and understanding the profitability of your homestead.
2. Offer Workshops or Classes
Let’s talk about what you’re passionate about. You know, the stuff you’re really good at when it comes to homesteading. Maybe it’s gardening, raising livestock, or even preserving food. Whatever it is, you can turn that passion and expertise into a source of income by teaching others.
People are hungry for knowledge, especially when it comes to learning how to live more self-sufficiently. And that’s where you come in. You can share your knowledge and skills through workshops or classes, either on your homestead or at other locations in your community.
The income potential for offering workshops or classes on a homestead can also vary widely. Some homesteaders charge a flat fee for each class or workshop, while others charge per participant.
According to industry research, the average hourly rate for a homesteading workshop or class is between $25 and $50 per hour. The potential earnings for this type of business can be substantial, but it requires a lot of effort to build a following and create compelling content.
How to Get Started
To get started, come up with a list of topics you feel comfortable teaching.
Think about what’s unique about your homesteading experience and what others might want to learn from you. You could offer classes on organic gardening, backyard chicken-keeping, beekeeping, food preservation, or even soap-making.
Next, you’ll need to set up your workshops or classes. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Determine the format: You can choose to run your classes as one-time workshops, ongoing series, or even online courses. Think about what works best for you and your potential students.
- Create a lesson plan: Outline what you’ll cover in each class or workshop, including any hands-on activities or demonstrations. This will help you stay organized and make sure your students get the most out of their experience.
- Set your prices: Do some research to figure out what similar classes or workshops are charging in your area. You want to be competitive, but also make sure you’re covering your costs and making a profit.
- Promote your classes: Spread the word about your workshops or classes through social media, local community centers, and word of mouth. You can even create a website or blog to showcase your expertise and provide details about your offerings.
- Prepare your space: If you’re hosting classes on your homestead, make sure you have enough space and supplies for everyone. This might include seating, tables, or any materials needed for hands-on activities.
Once you’ve got everything set up and your first workshop or class is a success, you can start thinking about ways to expand your offerings. Maybe you’ll team up with other homesteaders to teach a wider range of topics, or maybe you’ll even start hosting multi-day homesteading retreats.
Just remember, the key to making a living from teaching workshops or classes is to be passionate about what you’re doing and to genuinely enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.
3. Run a Farmstay or Bed and Breakfast
Running a farmstay or B&B can be a fantastic way to combine your love for homesteading with a viable income source. By opening up your home and property to guests, you can share the beauty and charm of country life, all while making some money.
The potential earnings for running a farmstay or bed and breakfast on a homestead can also vary widely. According to industry research, the average nightly rate for a homestead-style bed and breakfast is around $150 per night.
The potential earnings for this type of business can be significant, but it requires a lot of effort to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for guests, as well as marketing and promotion efforts to attract customers.
How to Get Started
Here’s how you can make it work:
- Fix up your space: To get started, you’ll want to make sure your home is clean, cozy, and inviting for your guests. Think about creating a few comfortable guest rooms with fresh linens and some cute decor. You might also consider adding some private bathrooms or converting a barn into guest quarters for added charm.
- Get the word out: Once your space is ready, it’s time to let people know about your farmstay or B&B. Create a website with photos and descriptions of your property, and don’t forget to include your rates and availability. Share your new venture on social media and ask friends and family to help spread the word. You can also list your property on popular booking websites like Airbnb or VRBO.
- Offer unique experiences: To make your farmstay or B&B stand out from the rest, think about what unique experiences you can offer your guests. Maybe it’s farm-to-table meals using fresh ingredients from your garden, or hands-on workshops where guests can learn about sustainable living, gardening, or animal care. Offering these one-of-a-kind experiences can really help you attract guests and earn some extra income.
- Keep things running smoothly: Running a farmstay or B&B can be a lot of work, so be prepared to wear many hats. You’ll need to manage bookings, communicate with guests, clean and maintain the property, and prepare meals, just to name a few tasks. Staying organized and efficient will be key to your success.
- Network and collaborate: Connect with other local businesses and tourism organizations to help promote each other’s services. This could be anything from recommending a nearby winery for guests to visit or partnering with a local farm for a special event. Collaboration can really help boost your visibility and bring in more guests.
- Keep an eye on finances: It’s important to track your income and expenses so you can see how your farmstay or B&B is performing financially. This will help you identify areas where you might need to cut costs or find new ways to increase revenue. Don’t forget to set aside money for taxes, insurance, and other necessary expenses.
In the end, running a successful farmstay or bed and breakfast is all about providing a memorable experience for your guests while still enjoying the homesteading lifestyle you love. It may take some time to build up a steady stream of guests, but with hard work and dedication, you can build it into an income stream.
4. Make and Sell Homemade Goods
Homemade goods can range from handcrafted furniture and pottery to jams, soaps, and baked goods. By leveraging their skills and resources, you can turn your passion for crafting into a profitable business.
There are several benefits to making and selling homemade goods as a homesteader, including the ability to work from home, flexible schedules, and the potential for a rewarding creative outlet.
Let’s take a look at the average earnings and how you can get started.
The income potential for making and selling homemade goods on a homestead can vary depending on the types of products made, the quality of the products, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
According to industry research, the average income for a homesteader who makes and sells their own goods can range from $10,000 to $70,000 per year. However, this varies greatly depending on the products made, the demand for those products, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
- Food items: If you’re into cooking and baking, why not make a living out of it? I’ve been selling homemade jams, bread, and pastries at my local farmer’s market, and people just love the unique flavors and freshness! You can also try your hand at pickles, sauces, or even cheese.
- Natural soaps and beauty products: I’ve got a friend who’s got a real knack for creating amazing soaps, lotions, and balms using natural ingredients from her own garden. She’s built quite a following selling her products online and at craft fairs. You could do the same if you’re into that kind of thing!
- Handcrafted items: I’ve found that people really appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating something by hand. Whether it’s knitting or crochet, woodworking, or pottery, there’s a market for these unique, handcrafted goods. I’ve seen some folks sell their creations on Etsy or at local craft shows, and they’re doing pretty well.
- Homegrown produce: Growing your own fruits, veggies, and herbs is not only rewarding, but it can also be a great source of income. I buy surplus produce at the farmer’s market, and I’ve even bought from a small CSA (community-supported agriculture) program where people can sign up to receive a box of fresh goodies from a farm every week.
- Teach workshops and classes: Once you’ve gained some experience and expertise in your craft, why not share your knowledge with others? I’ve been hosting workshops on gardening, canning, and bread-making, and it’s been a fantastic way to make some extra cash while connecting with my community.
- Write and sell eBooks: If you’ve got a way with words, consider writing an eBook to share your experiences and knowledge about homesteading, gardening, or your specific craft. You can self-publish on platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and sell your eBooks to a global audience.
- Create YouTube tutorials: Another way to share your skills is by creating and uploading tutorials on YouTube. As your audience grows, you can monetize your channel through ads, sponsorships, or even by selling your own merchandise.
5. Provide Services
Offering services to other homesteaders can also be a lucrative business opportunity. Services can include anything from farm maintenance and animal care to carpentry and construction work.
According to industry research, the average hourly rate for homesteading services is between $25 and $50 per hour. The potential earnings for this type of business can be substantial, but it requires a lot of effort to build a customer base and provide high-quality services.
How to Get Started
- Identify your skills and interests: Assess your own abilities, experiences, and passions to determine which services you’d like to offer. Think about what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at.
- Research the market: Find out what services are in demand in your local homesteading community. Talk to other homesteaders, join online forums, or attend local workshops to discover what people need and are willing to pay for.
- Create a business plan: Outline your goals, target market, and pricing for your services. Consider the costs of materials, travel, and any necessary equipment. Plan how you’ll promote your services and reach potential clients.
- Get any necessary permits, licenses, or certifications: Depending on the services you’re offering, you may need specific permits or licenses. Look into local regulations and requirements, and complete any necessary training or certifications.
- Set up your workspace and gather equipment: Make sure you have a dedicated workspace and all the tools you need to provide your services. This could include tools for construction or gardening, a workshop for teaching classes, or a computer for tech services.
- Develop marketing materials: Create a website, business cards, or flyers to promote your services. Include a clear description of what you offer, your experience, and contact information. Consider using social media to reach a wider audience.
- Network with other homesteaders: Attend local events, workshops, or meetups to connect with other homesteaders. Join online groups or forums where you can offer advice and support, and let people know about your services.
- Offer introductory deals or discounts: To build your client base, consider offering discounted rates or special deals for your first few clients. This can help you gain experience, build your reputation, and generate word-of-mouth referrals.
- Provide excellent customer service: Go above and beyond to ensure your clients are satisfied with your work. Be reliable, responsive, and professional. Happy clients are more likely to recommend your services to others.
- Continuously improve and expand your offerings: As you gain experience and feedback from clients, look for ways to improve your services or expand into new areas. Consider learning new skills or offering additional services to meet the evolving needs of your homesteading community.
To give you a head start, here are some examples of services you can provide:
- Handyman services: construction, maintenance, repairs, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry
- Animal services: shearing sheep, hoof trimming, animal husbandry advice, training animals
- Gardening and landscaping services: planning, planting, maintaining gardens, pest control, composting
- Teach workshops, classes, or webinars: soap making, canning, cheese making, woodworking, welding, renewable energy systems
- Tech services: web design, social media management, blog creation, video editing
- Consulting services: property selection, land management, setting up efficient systems for energy, water, waste
6. Start a CSA
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs can be a great way to earn income on a homestead.
According to industry research, the average earnings for a CSA program can range from $20,000 to $60,000 per year. This varies depending on the size of the farm, the number of members in the program, and the types of crops grown.
How to Get Started
- Plan your garden: Start by figuring out what fruits, veggies, and herbs you want to grow. Consider what grows well in your area and what your customers will enjoy. For example, CSAs at my local farmers market often include tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and basil because they’re popular and grow well in my area.
- Do the math: Calculate how much land and resources you’ll need to sustain your CSA. Think about how many members you’d like to have and how much produce each one will receive. This will help you determine if your homestead is big enough or if you need to expand.
- Prep your soil: Ensure your land is ready for planting. This might mean amending the soil, setting up irrigation, or building raised beds. In my case, I had to add compost to my soil to improve its fertility.
- Plant your crops: Once your soil is ready, it’s time to plant! Start seeds indoors or buy seedlings to transplant. Keep a planting calendar to make sure you’re planting and harvesting at the right times.
- Market your CSA: Spread the word about your CSA by creating a website, posting on social media, and connecting with local groups. I found success with my CSA by attending local farmers’ markets and setting up a stand to advertise and sign up new members.
- Manage members and payments: Set up a system to track your members and their payments. You can use a simple spreadsheet or invest in CSA management software. For me, a basic Google Sheets setup works just fine.
- Harvest and distribute: When it’s time to harvest, make sure you have a system in place for washing, packing, and distributing your produce. For example, you can deliver to a central pickup location each week, where your members come to collect their share of fresh goodies.
- Keep your members engaged: Build a sense of community by regularly communicating with your members. Share updates about the garden, recipes, and upcoming events. As an example, you can send out a weekly newsletter with photos of what’s happening on the homestead.
- Evaluate and improve: At the end of each season, reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Use this feedback to make your CSA even better the following year. For example, you can learn to grow more greens after your first season because they were a big hit with members.
- Diversify your income: Consider offering additional products or services to increase your income. Add items such as free-range eggs and homemade jams to your CSA offerings, and also host workshops on gardening and food preservation throughout the year.
7. Sell Handcrafted Natural Products
Selling handcrafted natural products can also be a profitable business idea for homesteaders. These products can include anything from soaps and lotions to candles and herbal remedies.
According to industry research, the average earnings for a homesteader who sells handcrafted natural products can range from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. However, this varies depending on the types of products sold, the quality of the products, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
- Figure out your niche: First things first, figure out what you’re passionate about and what natural products you want to create. For example, it can be homemade soaps, candles, or herbal remedies. Your niche could be anything from skincare to wood carving, as long as it’s handcrafted and natural to boost the selling-point.
- Develop your skills: Spend time honing your craft. Take some workshops on soap making and candle making, and experiment with different recipes and techniques. It’s important to create high-quality products that people will love.
- Source materials: Find reliable, eco-friendly suppliers for the raw materials you’ll need. For example, find local suppliers for beeswax, essential oils, and herbs. Buying in bulk can save you money, but make sure to store everything properly to maintain quality.
- Create a brand: Your brand identity will help you stand out in the market. Choose a name, logo, and color scheme that reflects your natural, handcrafted aesthetic. For example, you can go with a simple, earthy design for your labels and packaging.
- Set up an online presence: Establish a website, social media profiles, and an online shop. This will allow people from all over to discover and purchase your products. Start with a basic Etsy store and later expanded to your own website.
- Spread the word: Share your story and products with friends, family, and social media followers. Attend local farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and other events to showcase your products. I found that word-of-mouth was one of the most effective ways to grow my customer base.
- Price it right: Determine a fair price for your products, taking into account the cost of materials, labor, and packaging. Don’t forget to factor in shipping costs, especially for online sales. You can use a simple pricing formula: (cost of materials + labor) x 2.
- Grow your product line: As you gain experience and confidence, expand your product offerings. For example, you can soap and candles but later add bath salts, lip balms, and even herbal teas.
- Collaborate and network: Connect with other homesteaders and artisans, both online and in-person. Share tips, learn from each other, and even collaborate on projects. Partner with other local makers to create unique, limited-edition products that our customers love.
- Stay true to your values: Always prioritize sustainability and eco-friendliness in your business practices. This is not only good for the planet but also resonates with your customers, who appreciate your commitment to natural, handcrafted products.
8. Breed and Sell Livestock
Breeding and selling livestock on a homestead can be a lucrative business opportunity. The income potential can vary depending on the types of livestock raised, the quality of the animals, and the demand for them.
The average earnings for a homesteader who breeds and sells livestock range from $30,000 to $100,000 per year. Of course, this varies depending on the types of animals raised, the quality of the animals, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
- Choose your critters: Start by picking the right type of livestock for your homestead. Consider factors like space, climate, and local market demand. For example, chickens, rabbits, and goats are great for smaller properties, while cows, pigs, and sheep need more space.
- Learn the trade: Get educated on breeding, animal husbandry, and animal health. Attend workshops, join online forums, and connect with experienced breeders. Know your stuff before diving in.
- Budget and plan: Figure out your costs for feed, housing, and healthcare. Then, calculate potential profits from selling offspring, meat, milk, or other products. Plan for the long term, and make sure your operation is sustainable.
- Set up your homestead: Create a suitable environment for your livestock. Build or modify structures like barns, pens, or coops, and make sure you’ve got adequate fencing to keep your animals safe and contained.
- Start small: Begin with a few animals and grow your herd or flock gradually. It’s better to learn from mistakes with a small number of animals rather than risk a larger investment.
- Breed responsibly: Prioritize the health and well-being of your animals. Practice ethical breeding, choose quality mates, and avoid inbreeding. Healthy, happy animals will result in better sales.
- Diversify your offerings: Increase your income potential by offering more than just animals. Sell eggs, milk, cheese, wool, or even manure as fertilizer. The more products you have, the more revenue streams you’ll create.
- Network and market: Build relationships with other homesteaders, farmers, and potential customers. Attend farmer’s markets, join local agricultural associations, and use social media to promote your operation. Word of mouth is powerful in this industry.
- Keep records: Track your expenses, income, and animal lineage. Good record-keeping will help you make informed decisions, track progress, and prove valuable if you ever need a loan or want to sell your homestead.
- Adapt and grow: Stay current on industry trends and best practices. Be willing to change your approach or diversify your livestock if needed. As your knowledge and experience grow, so will your homestead business!
9. Provide Land for Events
This is my second favorite idea to make income on a homestead, simply because it’s fairly easy to do and you can make a large lump sum in a short period.
Providing land for events such as weddings and corporate retreats can be a profitable business opportunity for homesteaders.
According to industry research, the average earnings for a homesteader who provides land for events can range from $5,000 to $20,000 per event. However, this can vary depending on the size and type of event, the amenities offered, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
Here’s the game plan for making a living off your homestead by providing land for events.
- Evaluate your space: Start by assessing your property’s size, layout, and amenities. Think about the types of events that might work well there. For example, consider weddings, retreats, workshops, festivals, or camping.
- Fix it up: Spruce up the place to make it more appealing to potential event planners. You might need to add infrastructure like bathrooms, power sources, and parking. Also, think about creating some cool spots like a fire pit, pond, or gazebo.
- Get the word out: Start promoting your space. Set up a website or social media pages with great pictures, descriptions, and testimonials. Reach out to friends, family, and local businesses to let them know about your venue.
- Network like a pro: Get in touch with event planners, photographers, and other professionals in the industry. Attend local events and conferences to meet potential clients and partners. You never know who might be interested in hosting their next event on your land!
- Be flexible: Be prepared to cater to a wide range of events. This may require you to invest in temporary structures, furniture, or other equipment. The more versatile your space, the more likely you are to attract clients.
- Offer add-on services: Boost your income by providing extra services like catering, equipment rentals, or on-site coordination. You could even partner with local businesses to offer package deals or discounts.
- Set competitive pricing: Research the rates of similar venues in your area to ensure your prices are competitive. Consider offering different price tiers based on the type of event, duration, and number of guests.
- Stay organized: Keep track of your bookings, contracts, and payments using a calendar or booking software. This will help you stay on top of your business and ensure you don’t accidentally double-book your space.
- Keep it legal: Make sure you have the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance for hosting events on your property. Consult with a lawyer or local authorities if you’re unsure about the requirements.
- Collect reviews: After each event, ask for testimonials from your clients. Positive reviews can help you build your reputation and attract more bookings.
10. Offer Farm-to-Table Dinners
Offering farm-to-table dinners on a homestead can be a great way to showcase the produce and livestock raised on the farm.
According to industry research, the average earnings for a homesteader who offers farm-to-table dinners can range from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. However, this can vary depending on the frequency and size of the dinners, the quality of the food and service, and the marketing and sales strategies employed.
How to Get Started
- Plan your farm: First, decide on the size of your farm and what kind of produce and livestock you’ll raise. Focus on specialty items that will make your farm-to-table dinners unique, like heirloom tomatoes, rare herbs, or heritage breed animals. You could also consider offering a farm-to-table experience for specific diets.
- Develop a menu: Whip up some killer dishes that showcase your farm’s bounty. Experiment with different recipes, keeping in mind seasonal ingredients and your target audience. For example, you might offer a hearty autumn stew with your farm-raised beef and root vegetables, or a refreshing summer salad with homegrown greens and edible flowers.
- Set the stage: Create a cozy, rustic atmosphere that complements your farm-to-table theme. Set up a long, communal table on your property, add soft lighting, and decorate with items like mason jars, burlap, and fresh flowers from your garden. If you’re tight on space, partner with a local venue to host your dinners.
- Market your dinners: Get the word out about your farm-to-table dinners through social media, local newspapers, and word of mouth. Collaborate with other local businesses to cross-promote each other’s offerings. Offer incentives like discounts for group bookings or a free dessert for first-time guests.
- Host events: Plan farm-to-table dinner events throughout the year, catering to different themes and occasions. For example, you could host a harvest-themed dinner in the fall or a Valentine’s Day feast with aphrodisiac ingredients. Partner with local wineries or breweries for drink pairings, and invite guest chefs to spice up your menu.
- Expand your offerings: Once your dinners gain traction, consider offering cooking classes, farm tours, or even farm stays for guests who want a more immersive experience. This will not only diversify your income but also boost your reputation in the local food scene.
- Network with the community: Forge connections with local farmers, chefs, and food enthusiasts. Attend farmer’s markets, culinary events, and workshops to learn from others and build your network. This will not only help you stay informed about trends and innovations in the industry but also create opportunities for collaborations and partnerships.
- Keep improving: As your farm-to-table dinners grow in popularity, refine your menu, setting, and services to meet the evolving needs and expectations of your guests. Use feedback from customers to tweak your offerings and make the experience even more memorable and enjoyable.
40 More Ways to Make Money on the Homestead
If the above 10 ideas didn’t interest you, here are 40 more ways you can make a living while homesteading.
- Sell Farm Fresh Eggs: Average Earnings: $3 to $5 per dozen. Tip: Advertise on local Facebook groups or farmers’ markets.
- Sell Honey: Average Earnings: $10 to $20 per pound. Tip: Join a local beekeeper association for guidance and support.
- Sell Meat: Average Earnings: Varies by animal and cut. Tip: Build relationships with local restaurants and butchers to find buyers.
- Offer Horseback Riding Lessons: Average Earnings: $30 to $60 per lesson. Tip: Get certified by a reputable equestrian organization to build credibility.
- Rent Out Land for Hunting: Average Earnings: $5 to $20 per acre. Tip: Check state laws and regulations before offering hunting leases.
- Sell Firewood: Average Earnings: $100 to $300 per cord. Tip: Purchase a log splitter to increase efficiency.
- Offer Agricultural Consulting: Average Earnings: $50 to $150 per hour. Tip: Build a portfolio of successful projects to attract clients.
- Sell Seeds or Seedlings: Average Earnings: Varies by plant and quantity. Tip: Start with a small selection of high-demand plants.
- Offer Farm Tours: Average Earnings: $5 to $20 per person. Tip: Use social media and online booking platforms to reach a wider audience.
- Sell Edible Flowers: Average Earnings: $5 to $20 per bundle. Tip: Research which flowers are safe to eat and market them to restaurants or at farmers’ markets.
- Offer Landscaping Services: Average Earnings: $50 to $150 per hour. Tip: Focus on using sustainable and organic practices to differentiate from competitors.
- Sell Preserves or Jams: Average Earnings: $5 to $10 per jar. Tip: Experiment with unique flavor combinations to stand out.
- Offer Yoga or Meditation Classes: Average Earnings: $15 to $30 per class. Tip: Create a serene outdoor space to enhance the experience.
- Sell Freshly Baked Bread: Average Earnings: $5 to $10 per loaf. Tip: Experiment with different types of bread and market to local restaurants and bakeries.
- Offer Herbalism Classes: Average Earnings: $30 to $75 per class. Tip: Build a reputation as an expert by sharing knowledge on social media and through a blog.
- Sell Mushrooms: Average Earnings: $10 to $20 per pound. Tip: Research which varieties grow well in your area and explore different cultivation methods.
- Offer Meat Processing Services: Average Earnings: Varies by animal and service. Tip: Get certified and comply with all state and federal regulations.
- Sell Handmade Soap: Average Earnings: $5 to $10 per bar. Tip: Use high-quality ingredients and experiment with unique scents and textures.
- Offer Goat Yoga Classes: Average Earnings: $20 to $40 per class. Tip: Invest in well-trained and docile goats to ensure a positive experience for participants.
- Sell Artisanal Cheese: Average Earnings: $10 to $20 per pound. Tip: Research proper cheese-making techniques and invest in quality equipment.
- Offer Petting Zoo Services: Average Earnings: $100 to $300 per event. Tip: Focus on offering a unique and engaging experience for children and families.
- Sell Homemade Candles: Average Earnings: $5 to $15 per candle. Tip: Experiment with natural fragrances and market to local gift shops and boutiques.
- Offer Pick-Your-Own Produce: Average Earnings: Varies by crop and quantity. Tip: Invest in signage and create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors
- Sell Wool or Fiber Products: Average Earnings: Varies by product and quality. Tip: Research different breeds of sheep and their wool characteristics to create unique products.
- Offer Agritourism Activities: Average Earnings: Varies by activity. Tip: Get creative and offer unique experiences like hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches.
- Sell Fresh Cut Flowers: Average Earnings: $5 to $15 per bouquet. Tip: Research which flowers grow well in your area and market to local florists and wedding planners.
- Offer Cheese-Making Workshops: Average Earnings: $50 to $100 per person. Tip: Create a welcoming and educational environment to encourage repeat customers.
- Sell Poultry: Average Earnings: Varies by breed and age. Tip: Focus on raising heritage breeds to differentiate from commercial poultry farms.
- Offer Nature Photography Classes: Average Earnings: $50 to $100 per person. Tip: Focus on capturing the beauty of your farm and surrounding landscape to create a unique experience.
- Sell Organic Vegetables: Average Earnings: Varies by crop and quantity. Tip: Focus on growing high-demand vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.
- Offer Outdoor Adventure Activities: Average Earnings: Varies by activity. Tip: Invest in equipment like kayaks, canoes, and camping gear to expand offerings.
- Sell Goat Milk or Cheese: Average Earnings: $5 to $15 per quart/pound. Tip: Invest in quality dairy goats and follow proper milking and cheese-making practices.
- Offer Horse Boarding Services: Average Earnings: $200 to $500 per month. Tip: Create a safe and comfortable environment for horses and market to local equestrian communities.
- Sell Native Plants: Average Earnings: Varies by plant and quantity. Tip: Focus on growing plants that are well-suited to your local climate and environment.
- Offer Nature Walks or Hikes: Average Earnings: $10 to $20 per person. Tip: Create educational materials and provide insights into local flora and fauna to enhance the experience.
- Sell Dried Herbs: Average Earnings: $5 to $15 per ounce. Tip: Research which herbs are in high demand and experiment with unique blends.
- Offer Barn Rentals for Weddings or Events: Average Earnings: $500 to $2,000 per event. Tip: Invest in decorating and lighting to create a unique atmosphere for guests.
- Sell Artisanal Bread or Pastries: Average Earnings: $5 to $10 per loaf/pastry. Tip: Experiment with unique ingredients and flavors to differentiate from commercial bakeries.
- Offer Blacksmithing Workshops: Average Earnings: $100 to $200 per person. Tip: Invest in quality equipment and focus on creating unique and functional products.
- Sell Lavender Products: Average Earnings: $5 to $20 per product. Tip: Grow different varieties of lavender to create a unique product line.
Need More Help?
You can always ask us here at Couch to Homestead, but you should know the other resources available to you! Here are the resources we recommend.
- Local Cooperative Extension Services: While we do our best with these articles, sometimes knowledge from a local expert is needed! The USDA partnered with Universities to create these free agriculture extension services. Check out this list to see your local services.
- Permaculture Consultation: Need help with a bigger project? Send us a message.