By Edan P. Collins
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Value-added products have long shelf lives, and can be marketed year-round. The nuts can be marketed fresh. Black walnuts are a gourmet item, and Hammons Products in Missouri collects them (in the hull) from different locations in seven surrounding states, so there is an annual market for them. The other nuts can be gathered in the fall and marketed through farmer’s markets and local grocery stores. The Basics It is important to know your woods well. Walk through them and learn to identify the trees and shrubs that are there.
Com). Profitable Farms and Woodlands 23 Economic Considerations Item Starter kit (suit, gloves, hat, veil, one hive box with supers and bees) Hive boxes Supers Smoker Hive tools Bees (1 pound) Honey extractor (not every beekeeper needs to have one of these) Cost $200-$400 $250 $50 $35 $4-$6 $75 $200-$300 Crafts Introduction From sweetgum balls and locust pods painted with gold paint to make Christmas tree ornaments, to sculptures made of wood, crafts options created from wood or other materials (seeds, branches, twigs, roots, burls) found in woodlots are limited only by your imagination.
The same yield of cultivated ginseng (grown on raised beds under shade cloth in fields) sells at less than $100/lb and yields a net profit of about $25,000. These figures include costs for labor. 10 lbs. of ginseng seeds Planting labor (160 hrs. ) Harvest labor (270 hrs. ) Drying labor (16 hrs. ) Gypsum (16 - 50 lb. bags at $4/bag) $800 $960 $1,620 $96 $64 Materials and Equipment The costs of growing wild-simulated medicinal plants are different for each plant type. An example of the cost of growing half an acre of wildsimulated ginseng is as follows: Root yield 50 lbs.
Agroforestry : a practical guide to profitable farms and woodlands by Edan P. Collins