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Ideas for Alternative Crops and Enterprises

By April 19, 2009

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I stumbled across this list of alternative crops and enterprises put out by the USDA's Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, and thought I'd pass it along. There are some great ideas for business-oriented, innovative crops for the small farmer to grow. Things like birdseed! I would have never thought of that.

In fact, the list spans a variety of categories of crops: fiber and industrial oils, edible oils, fuel oils, food grains, legumes, specialty and ethnic veggies, fruits and nuts, agricultural/agroforestry products - just the entire gamut from bamboo to fish bait to luffa gourds. It even includes services like wool processing and spinning and custom slaughter. And it even includes livestock and animals to raise, including specialty items like water buffalo and rheas.

Enjoy dreaming up some new plans for your farm!


December 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(1) Robert Godwin says:

I’m trying to start rasing fish in tanks inside barns but I can’t get the money to start do you know of any grants or cheap money for start up aquaculture farming

December 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm
(2) gail burks says:

I am a disabled woman trying to start a small farm can you help with finding grants.

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