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Hmmm... Can I Make Money Growing Plants?

I fell asleep right after dinner while watching TV and woke up so early (4:30am), so I'm doing some computer work, until I can get back to sleep and wake up (6:30am) for work.

Yesterday, one of my best friend (who is just started his garden design business in Reno last year) left me a message on my mobile phone and had a thought. He said that if and when I got my new house, maybe I can grow some plants for him, and he can use these in his garden design business or sell it at the farmers market. I thought this was a great idea, but I have no clue when it comes to business, so some questions came to mind:

1. Do I need to get a business license, or can I do this just as a side business and make extra money?
2. Can I grow plants and sell them myself at a local farmers market or online, like on Craig's List?
3. Is there a demand for plants grown by just regular gardeners?
4. What plants are sought after in Reno? One that comes to mind are Ornamental Grasses.
5. What Ornamental Grasses are popular?
6. Where should I get seeds or young plants for cheap?

See how my mind works?

( Also posted in my journal )


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 28th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
1. It depends on how much you make, and whether you care. In most states, if your ug business produces over n$/year, you have to do the song-and-dance. And in most states, if you're selling prepared food in public, you need permits and a food handlers' card.

But dude, it's veggies.

2. I suggest local, because mailing plants and veggies is often illegal, because your wild mustard, carefully organically grown, is my state's noxious weed, busily overtaking vast stretches of desert. :::grrr:::: Also, who knows what yourplants will go through in the mail, unless very carefully packaged and/or dried? I imagine herbs would be fine, but hothouse tomatoes could be problematic.

3.You bet! Subsidised farms and the socioeconomic repercussions of the whole farming system of this nation are under hot debate, and some say it's one of the roots of the degredation of...well, any way, abosolutely. Yes! Here in AZ, at the two local gardener/organic food markets we have, people get up before the sun and are in line until the rig shuts down. People like healthy, simple food, and many are finding the supermarket system to be odious to their sense of community interaction and...well, anyway.

4. Lemon grass is wonderful, and many of the alliums (onions)are easy to grow, dry, etc. Catmint and the luxury mints - chocolate mint, spearmint, etc are wonderful, and the common herbs for tea. Dill, of course...

5. I dunno. Here in AZ, a lot of them are illegal.

6. Try Ebay.
Good luck!!
Feb. 3rd, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Very good advice! Thank you. I don't think I'll want to run a business, I'm not much of a businessman myself. Maybe I can just grow stuff and barter for plants, services, equipment. In that case, I don't think I'll have to do the song-and-dance of running a business.

I started some lemon grass from ones I bought at a grocery and it's doing well. I also want to get more mints as you mentioned.

Thanks again :)
Jan. 30th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
First of all, hit the local Small Business Association. They can answer most of your questions about licensing, and if they're anything like my local SBA, will have resources about what you will need to know for pretty much everything to start a plant company. You can also look online.

If your area does require licensing, be sure to get it. A group of locals who made jewelry and were selling it at trade shows got in trouble last year for being without license when checked. It's not worth it.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks ladyrednose. I will definitely not sell them without doing more research. I don't want to get in trouble.
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