Acreage What Can You Do to Survive!

Ways of making your land pay for itself.

We live on less than 10 acres. Lately with all the problems with food, gas and money I have been wondering how we can live off the land or make money from the land.

I have a few ideas on what we could do with our acreage. My husband doesn't agree because he knows he will have to do most of the work. These are things we could do if we had to. What if we lost our salary for some reason or another, could we make it?

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Night crawlers

We have tons of night crawlers. My idea is to make a worm container and sell the night crawlers to fishermen. The way we catch night crawlers, wet the lawn first and then after dark go out with a flashlight covered so it doesn't shine so bright. Shine the flashlight on the ground and the night crawlers will be laying on the ground, catch them as fast as you can. Night crawlers are very fast and they will take off. After a rain is a great time to catch them.

My Dad used to keep worms and sold worms when I was a kid.

They're also good for making compost. Just start a compost pile and add the night crawlers. It wouldn’t be too hard to make compost for our garden.

Compost can be sold to make more money. It will also help your own garden to grow.

Worms

Worms
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Wisconsin Maple
Wisconsin Maple
Maple Tree
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Maple syrup

Maple syrup: We have land full of maple trees. We can always make maple syrup for our use and to sell. We just need to tap the trees in March. It takes 43 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup!!

We would have to do lots of reading to find out how to make syrup. I think we could ask around there are lots of people here make maple syrup. We've never done it before. Personally I don't like homemade syrup but I love Mrs. Buttersworth. There are people who love homemade syrup. It's often sold in our craft shows. I know people would buy the syrup.

We have a barn full of the containers to make the syrup. The people who owned the house before us use to make syrup. They left some of their equipment. They won awards for their good tasting syrup from this land. I guess we have the best maple trees here.

Eggs

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Fried Egg
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Free Range Eggs
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Peter and Henry
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Fresh Free Range Eggs

We can always get chickens and have fresh eggs and we can sell eggs. People are really looking for everything fresh nowadays.

We love fresh eggs and have them all the time. We have two different farms around us sell them.

Fresh eggs have the best taste. You know how old they are and where they came from. Store bought eggs no one knows how old they are.

The egg in the picture is from our kitchen it had a huge egg yoke, sometimes we get double yolks. It's so beautiful in color than store bought eggs.

Araucana chickens lay blue eggs.

White Leghorn chickens lay white eggs.

Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire and Plymouth Rock chickens lay brown eggs.

There are many more chickens, but those are the chickens I know of.

I have been after my husband to let me get chickens, just three little hens. I would just get them, but I don't have a warm place to put them. Around here they have to have a coop even if we just put them in the barn they wouldn't be safe and warm.

My hubby is a good guy, but he hasn't had the time to get to this project. I think because I have too many projects for him.

We ended up with two little chicks when we lived in our other home. Our granddaughters brought them home from school and, of course, we ended up with them. I was so hoping hens, but we got two roosters. They tried to out crow each other. We ended up finding a home for Henry and kept Peter.

We also got Rosie from some friends and had we had some ducks. Rosie gave us plenty of eggs.

Free Range Chicken

If we're going to have eggs, we could also have fresh home grown chickens. My only problem, I don't know if I could kill them.

We did at one time when our kids were little we had chickens. Some were for eating and the others we kept for eggs. People would buy free range chickens.

Rosie
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Grape Vine
Grape Vine | Source
Grapes
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Jam and Farm Animals

We also have a large grapevine. We get lots of grapes from it and have made jam before. We have wild blackberries and raspberries.

This fall my sister-in-law took some of the grapes and made some jam from them. It was so good.

We have a barn so really we could put any kind of farm animal in it. We could rent part of the barn to people for horses or cows. This use to be an old pig farm so the barn is all set up inside for pigs.

If we have animals we could sell manure.

Cows or goats we could get our milk from and maybe extra to sell. People are often looking for goats milk because it's more digestible and less allergenic than cow's milk. I'm not sure if I could drink fresh milk.

Vegetables

Vegetables: We grow tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, peppers and cucumber, zucchini and onions. We can put in a larger garden very easily.

We can put up vegetables for ourselves and sell fresh vegetables at farmer's market or put a vegetable stand in front of our house.

We did canning every year when the kids were all home.

We could grow cabbage and make our own sauerkraut to sell. People here love sauerkraut. Our old neighbors use to make it every year and had no trouble selling it.

Why not sell canned fresh vegetables or fruit. People like buying homemade canned food.

Tomatos
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zucchini
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Pumpkins

Growing pumpkins for Halloween. We have one large space without trees and lots of sun. We would like to put in a pumpkin patch and sell the pumpkins.

We plan on doing this for next year.

We could also can pumpkins for ourselves.

Any canning items can also be sold.

Pumpkins
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Pumpkin Flower
Pumpkin Flower | Source
Golden Glow Flower
Golden Glow Flower | Source
Flowers
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Smelling the vegetables
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More ideas bees, apples,wood, hunting

Bee Keeping:

There is also bee keeping. We have lots of flowers for the bees. Honey for ourselves and to sell.

Flowers:

Selling flowers and plants at farmer’s market.

Young Trees:

Maple, Oak and Pine trees for sale.

Apples:

We have 5 apple trees good for canning and selling for deer feed.

Sell Wood:

Selling wood: We have so many dead trees.

Turkeys:We

We also have room for turkeys to sell and eat.

Lease Land For Hunting:

Hunting, we can hunt deer on our land and eat Vinson all winter.

Pine Greenery:

Gather pine greenery for Christmas wreaths and garlands.

Pine Cones:

Gather pine cones to sell.

Pine Plantation:

Put in a Pine plantation for selling Christmas trees.

Antique Store:We could turn the

We could turn the barn into an antique store.

Rent Land:

Another idea would be to rent our land for garden growers. Many people now days want to have gardens but if you live in the cities it's hard to do. My aunt and uncle use to rent a plot of land for their garden.

Camping:

The land could also be rented for camping. Our nephew came here with his family and put his camper on our land.

Grow Organic:

THINK ORGANIC. Use your land to grow organic vegetables. You can sell to farmer's market and to CSA customers.

This is my list I'm sure there's more I could come up with if I thought about it. I wonder what it's going to cost to just start all of the projects listed above. Most items you need for each project is pretty cheap. The most expensive would be the chickens and getting a chicken coop built.


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Cell Towers

You can also rent your land to telephone companies for one of their towers. The man down the road from us did this and I think he makes $1500.00 a month. This is what I have heard. The phone companies have to want your land, but it doesn't hurt to offer it as a place for a tower.

Turbine Windmills

You could lease the land to place wind turbines, maybe your land is just right with enough wind for a turbine. I know we sure seem to have enough wind here. You would have to check with developers to find out.

How to build a chicken coop.

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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the vote, pin and share.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Here's another article I haven't seen before! How did I miss it?

You have some very innovative ideas here, and I like Peggy W.'s idea too. I'm with you, I don't really like the real maple syrup, it's too rich for me. I have to have it watered down a bit . . .

Voted up, interesting, useful, pinned to my 'Green' board, and will share with followers!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DonnaCSmith, Your right they do pick-your-own here also. I didn't think of that. I know he would help he can't keep his hands off projects I start doing. Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, No we haven't done any of it yet. My husband stays busy working at another job in the spring and summer. One day maybe. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, share and vote.


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DonnaCSmith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

That's a great brain storming list! In our county are a couple of hobby farms that have tours, others do pick-your-own pumpkins, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Herbs are a good crop for selling, too. Start some small projects you can do without hubby's help - bet he'll volunteer his help once you get started;o)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are so fortunate to have 10 acres of land. It certainly gives you many options of things to do with regard to earning more money. One that would not cost your husband any work at all would be to rent out some garden space. The work would be done by others and all you would do would be to collect some rent. Nice to have the options that you have. Have you done any of these things yet or are you still just thinking about them? Up, useful and sharing. This may give others some ideas!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

torrilynn, Your welcome. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I'm sure there is more that can be done with this land but I just haven't thought of it yet.

I appreciate the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, The chicken farm sounds great. Thanks you for stopping by and for the vote and share I appreciate it.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

thanks for the hub

nice information


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Your ideas as just as useful now as they were four years ago when you wrote this hub! Every picture you've included is beautiful, you really are quite the photographer. I'm sure lots of people can take some of your suggestions and put them to use.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Moonlake, you are lucky to have so much land where you could do so many wonderful things and be closer to nature. I'm reminded of my time on a poultry farm where we grew roses, fruit trees and vegetables. We used our own manure as well, had a bio gas plant too. It was wonderful.

Voted up and awesome and sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mvillecat, Thanks so much for stopping by. It is fun to grow your produce and a lot safer than in the store. We have fresh potatoes because my husband works for a potato farm.


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mvillecat 3 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

We only have one acre but we are trying to use it well. We are growing vegetables year round here in Georgia. I even grow chard in my kitchen window box. A lot of food can be grown in a small area. We barter for eggs with one of our best friends. I love growing our own organic, fresh produce.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Barbara Kay, I guess we could do that. Everything I mentioned sounded like a farmers market stand. Thanks so much for stopping by always nice to see you.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

It sounds like if you combined all of these ideas and sold them at the farmers market or had a farm stand, you could do really well.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mecheshier, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you like the hub.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

sgbrown, Always nice to see you thanks for stopping by. Our family deer hunts too. In fact it starts next week. We also have venison in the freezer.

We buy fresh eggs from the neighbor now.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share.


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mecheshier 3 years ago

Great article. There are some wonderful ideas here. Thank you for sharing.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

You have some really great ideas here, for living off the land. We live in the country also and I love it so much! We had 12 chickens at one time and I used to sell the fresh eggs to people I worked with. It didn't make much, but it was fun. We are down to 5 chickens now and I give my extra eggs to my grown children. There is no way I could kill a chicken, so I will just continue to buy chicken at the store.

We also have a large garden and I can and freeze vegetables to last through the winter. That is a huge help on the grocery bill. My husband also deer hunts, so we have venison in the freezer all winter also. I loved your hub! Voting up, interesting and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

trish1048 and Shadebreath thinks so much for stopping. I just ate a couple apples off our apple tree so good.

I'll have a few chickens by next. I very likely will also make pets out of them.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

This was a nice hub. You should check with Bob Ewing about how to make syrup. He's into living off the land stuff too. Maybe request a hub off him or something. Anyway, interesting read.


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trish1048 8 years ago

hi Moonlake,

Those are all wonderful ideas. I'm with you on the chickens, however. There was a time my hubby thought we should have a farm, but then he decided it wouldn't be a good idea, because he feared I'd make pets out of every animal. He was right :)

Thanks for another nice hub,

Trish


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thank you for checking out my hub.


derek 8 years ago

hi moonlake.... thanks for your appreciation of my new hub at http://hubpages.com/hub/Fried-pickles-recipe

hey i really like your hub too - especially the article on "acerage" and self-sufficiency.

we are growing too this year, and we have +/- 13 swarms of bees this year... i think you are going in the right direction..

derek


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for leaving comment. I know what you mean husband aren't always happy with our ideas. They know it's more work for them.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

Great topic to write on Moonlake. I may have to just go and get some nightcrawlers now for our compost pile! To date, only have smaller worms living in it. Been thinking about the chickens....thanks for the utube link as I may need to have my husband come back and watch and see if he finds some inspiration from it since as with your husband, he may not be quite as keen on this idea of optimizing the use of our land!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks, so much for stopping by my hub and leaving comments.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Very good thinking, we may not always have a store full of items we need. Truckers are declining everyday and corporations are paying them less and less so they can pay for fuel.

We have a wonderful system of delivery here in America. It's going to suffer tho, and we need to be prepared. Thank you for great tips.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Wow...I wish I had that much land. Super tips though if your seriously thinking of living off the land.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thank you erlyn m. for stopping by.


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erlyn m. 8 years ago from texas

very nice i like your hubs

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