Homegrown Goodness: Making a Healthy Living from Your Backyard Garden

Growing a garden is a source of peace for many, but it’s also a source of added income for the industrious.  Living off of your backyard is a reality for those with foods to offer, and it’s at least another source of family income for hobbyists. Here’s how to grow your bank account after your garden.

Photography Rita Platts, Styling Joanna Thornhill.

Photography Rita Platts, Styling Joanna Thornhill.

Partner with Grocers and Local Restaurants

Local grocers depend on receiving quality produce, which sometimes pales in comparison to the tending loving care provided by a local grower. Also, speak with restaurant owners in your area.  Consumers are fussy, and there’s a huge market for specialty and ‘locally grown’ items.  Schedule regular deliveries where you can offer freshly picked tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and other items from your garden, delivered promptly each day, week, etc.

Make Friends with a Chef

Chefs sometimes work private parties and large-scale engagements outside of the restaurant environment.  Contact those who advertise their catering services and ask them about becoming a regular contributor of ingredients.

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan

Give to the Needy

Government and private associations help those in need providing clothing, shelter, and food.  Contact local organizations who offer payment in exchange for regular deliveries to address group homes, soup kitchens, and shelters.

Speak with an accountant about tax breaks associated with providing money and resources to charity organizations.  In addition to the good feeling that goes along with giving, you’ll benefit your business and bank account.

Photography Jon Day, Styling Pippa Jameson

Photography Jon Day, Styling Pippa Jameson

Make Your Home a Store

In urban areas, it’s common for store owners to live upstairs from their groceries, trade stores, and brick-and-mortar business ventures.  Consider transforming your home into a business.  Sleep upstairs while renovating the first floor to accommodate consumers.

Why stop at growing a garden when you can donate more of your home toward your hobby and make money at the same time?  Speak with consultants in your area who can help you change your home into a moneymaking machine.  Or, contact http://www.4patriots.com/, who help families become more independent and self-reliant.

Moreover, if you have something of regional interest, or in season yet hard to find, borrow the stand idea above, and inquire about becoming a vendor at seasonal events and weekend tradeshows.

Allen Baler is a Partner at 4Patriots LLC, a Tennessee based small business that provides products to help people be more self-reliant and more independent. Allen founded the company in 2008 after 14 years as a corporate executive leading profitable business for the Easton Press and the Danbury Mint. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and resides in Nashville with his wife and 3 daughters.