Those who own or work in the field of organic farming are interested to know how to add value to their farms. They want their farms to earn more but most organic farms can only support one crop per growing season.
Unlike conventional farms, organic farms are monoculture in nature. This allows for plants and crops to grow healthier than those exposed to different pesticides and chemicals. However, this also means that farmers are bound by one product only.
Value-added products can help your farm stand out from the rest of the competition. It does not only increase the profitability of the farm, but it also decreases boredom on your part. Value-added projects can be anything from cleaning and processing to growing special items and packaging. Some farms even allow their storage spaces to be rented for extra income.
It is important to note, however, that not all products can be grown in an organic farm. Make sure you have space, as well as the time, commitment, and capital before you include value-added products to your organic farming business.
Typically, lavender is grown in large agricultural farms where they are allowed to thrive and propagate. In organic farms, it is possible to grow lavender in small batches. But before growing lavender, you need to choose between the culinary type or the decorative type.
This herb comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes so it’s vital to take note of the type you want to grow before you start to plant it. Lavender, as you know, can be used in alcohol and culinary recipes, as well as in perfumes, personal care products, chocolates, and baby toys.
The market for organic flowers is even weaker and smaller than organic food products. Still, this market is only going to grow in a few years’ time. You can sell cut flowers on the side by putting them in boxes, arranging them as bouquets, and sell them to wedding venues.
Most people prefer purchasing plants that have already started to sprout and grow. We call these garden starters. You can grow herbs, flowers, and plants on a separate area of your organic farm then replant them in tiny containers that you can sell at the farmers’ market. You can also be a supplier at a garden and home supply store and at the local grocery.
Some other value-added products you can grow through organic farming are different kinds of herbs like basil, mint, parsley, dill, rosemary, and thyme, as well as garlic and gourmet food products such as jams, jellies, preserved fruits, nuts and seeds, pie fillings, and olive oils.