Organic gardening and farming practices extend beyond just replacing synthetic pesticides and fertilizers with all-natural alternatives. It is about creating a sustainable growing environment that nourishes plants rather than just making them grow. Among amateur and professional gardeners, farmers and nursery operators, organic gardening practices have expanded exponentially in recent years.
Much of this growth is attributed to consumer and commercial demand. Restaurants and their customers alike are choosing organic fruits and vegetables to reduce their exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals. If you have decided to open up a nursery business on your property, consider organically growing and selling all-natural produce and plants to meet the needs of a unique but swiftly growing demographic. Here are a few thoughts to consider before you begin:
Do you have to be an expert to open up an organic nursery?
While there is no required formal training or education for opening up your own business, it is best to be extremely knowledgeable about planting, growing, potting and other gardening practices. Furthermore, knowing how to care for organic plants is another necessary area of information you should possess. While you can learn how to run your own business and distribute and market your products along the way, you must be passionate about the work and the impact you will have in your community.
Is there local demand for your organic produce?
Though organic farming and gardening practices are growing in popularity, you may discover that you are the only all-natural nursery in your immediate area, making you the main supplier for various farm-to-table restaurants or organic grocery stores in the area. Essentially, don't start your own organic agribusiness unless you are certain you can grow and supply plants and produce in accordance to your consumers' desires and needs.
Who will you market your plants and produce to?
As we spoke of above, you could be the only organic nursery in your entire area or surrounding communities. If your nursery business starts small, begin with direct marketing tactics to reach out to local restaurants, consumers and stores without the hassle of going through wholesalers or other middlemen. As your business grows, you may be able to supply outside of your community as well, but remember to start small and focus on selling to those around you first.
Even restaurants that are not strictly organic may benefit from your fresh, locally grown products. Don't be afraid to speak with every restaurant in your surrounding area to see if they may be interested in receiving some of your crops on a daily basis. Ensuring that the general public knows about your facility is important as well. Organic gardeners will seek out your seeds and plants to showcase in their home gardens and will continually come back to your nursery each year for more.
Will you consider the "certified organic" label?
If you are selling locally or your annual gross sales are under $5000, you may not need to include the term "certified organic" on your produce. While acquiring this label may mean that no one has to ask whether your produce is certifiably organic, you will have to maintain thorough records and periodically host visits from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure that you are continuing to grow organically. Know how big you want your agribusiness to expand then evaluate whether or not you need the certified seal of approval.
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