A garden BUSINESS just waiting to "hatch"
I know I know... I belong in the chicken coop (">
**side note, I have sent several people to this site to join the Forums, they seem to get lost somehow and can't seem to find them? This is the age of one minute satisfaction, if it doesn't jump out at them, they give up** I don't know what to say about that...
Anyway, the point for my thread and those of you who are avid gardeners possibly looking for some new business venture, please read on...
Back in the day, I lived in San Diego California... while studying Naval Engineering, I also took on a side job installing custom aquariums for Cyphert's Aquarium in North Park. I was amazed at how much people spent just to have someone like me select a suitable location, determine if the structure could handle a 300 gallon tank yadda yadda... I installed the tanks, engineered the plumbing, filter system, uv sterilizer, automatic feeding systems... you get the picture. After we installed them, another company took over and were contracted to continue with upkeep (annual contracts) even guaranteeing the fish. They soon had three vans with full time employed aquarium keepers... clients were often Dr. Offices, Dentists, Lawyers and Restaurants.
What does this have to do with gardening?!
Ohhhh , everything!!!
As a professional photographer, I am often in quite upscale homes all over the U.S.
I bring up Urban Sustainability in conversation at every opportunity...
I often ask, while looking over some expansive landscape, why there isn't a food related garden? Answer "we would love one, but just don't have the time"...
People want fresh veggies, herbs and other edibles handy to their kitchen and living spaces. Based on my conversations, they would hire a vegetable gardener in a New York Second! If they would establish a veggie garden, plan it, plot it, plant it and of course, maintain it. Then the client would be able to go out at their leisure to snip some herbs, pick some tomatoes for their salad and so on.
The practical mind says.... pish posh on that Fred, they get veggies from the grocery for chump change. Aha! But they WANT a garden to look at and WANT to see their own veggies growing and they could absolutely care less as to what it costs. They want to hear things like organic and heritage so while they are sipping their wine before dinner, they can look oh so "green" to their friends brag on their wholesome salad as they present it's healthy goodness on the dining table!
It's a service industry just waiting to "happen"...
I don't personally have the time... nor gardening expertise... but someone is going to start the personal vegetable gardening service industry and mark my words.... your client list will grow by leaps and bounds as the fresh vegetable eating Jones's inspire their affluent neighbors to "keep up"....
Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!
I am interested in your thoughts on this one...
So glad you like the idea Monica!
Others have written me about this post (off forum)...
You are correct Monica, the service would have to include at least three services:
Presentation, client interview and planning at the site.
Soil analysis, improvement and preparation for planting.
Then the installation of started plants and a agreed upon maintenance schedule (probably weekly) which would include evaluating problems, weeding (#1 on the list of things people don't want to do).
The owner must be well versed and articulate regarding all aspects of edible gardening.
It's also a prime opportunity to introduce the uninformed about plant nutrition and what a GMO is exactly.
In the fall, you would have to return to prep the beds for wintering over and possibly have a tiny segment for winter plants like Kale yadda yadda...
Those who are writing me at Fred's Fine Fowl, Please consider joining and posting your discussion here so everyone can benefit? Please don't worry that someone is going to take your ideas and compete in your area. There is more to go around than can be exhausted in my thinking.
Get up, get out and get planting! Work on your mission statement so you can begin to sell customers on your idea... (';')
Patti could promote something like this in a HUGE way... but no one is doing it "yet"