The goal of the Agricultural Alternatives series is to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money. Whether you are a full-time farmer looking to diversify or a part-time farmer looking to generate additional income from your property, there are many important issues to consider when selecting a new enterprise.
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Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations.
Carefully plan for the establishment and marketing of your potential Christmas tree crop.
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There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired.
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Asparagus Producer Video
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Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations.
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Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations.
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The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops.