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Gardening for Profit: From Home Plot to Market Garden [Paperback]

Kate Collyns
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31 Oct 2013
The comprehensive guide to starting a sustainable market garden business. More and more of us are discovering the rewards of growing our own food and there s plenty of advice to be found on how to do so. But what about producing larger quantities to sell? And even trying to make a living from this amazing and essential thing? This book is for anyone who is interested in selling some produce for profit whether just surplus from a vegetable garden or wholesale from a fully developed professional business. It takes you step by step through all the aspects you ll need to think about, including: finding land winning customers and marketing your produce working out what equipment you'll need (and how much to budget for) sourcing funding managing your accounts and doing the tax and legal paperwork deciding which crops to grow. With an extensive directory of invaluable contacts and resources, Gardening for Profit is packed with solid, first-hand advice. It provides all the reassurance you might need that earning an income from horticulture is perfectly possible.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; First edition (31 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857841300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857841308
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kate Collyns has made a gutsy switch from urban living to running her own market garden, without owning any land. She is the person to guide you through a challenging and rewarding process. It is not all roses for sure, yet there is a lot of sweetness in this book!" Charles Dowding, author & grower "A short guide to sustainable market gardening is a timely publication, with more and more people setting up community gardens. Turning a hobby into a business is never easy, and books on how to manage the business of growing crops are rare." Alan Schofield, Chairman Organic Growers' Alliance "People increasingly want to know where their food comes from, and there is a large movement of young people setting up market gardens to supply local markets. Getting it right is not easy, but Kate has been there and done it: a graduate of the Soil Associations Apprenticeship Scheme, she has worked with a box scheme and then set up her own market garden, supplying local farms shops and restaurants. A must-have for anyone setting up for the first time."

About the Author

Kate Collyns started her own market garden business three years ago, and sells to farm shops, cafés, local pubs and restaurants. In this guide she answers all the questions she had when starting out in business herself. She has written for magazines including The Independent magazine, Countryfile and Grow Your Own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant purchase 12 Feb 2014
By Kitty
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I was a bit reluctant to buy this as it has no reviews and I had been disappointed by a couple of other similar purchases recently. However it looked good so I decided to buy it anyway and I have not been disappointed!

I have been literally glued to this for the last couple of days and the book is now full of little post it notes to bookmark my important bits.

This is a small pocket style book but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content. It is packed with useful information without the useless fluff you find in a lot of books of this type.

It is split into a number of sections from how to get started, how to get a route to market and how to ensure competitive production alongside continued profit. Some bits I found fascinating for example where the author outlined which crops she had found the most profitable. Some I would already have guessed (eg had picked crops such as asparagus and the more specialised vegetables the commercial growers don't do) but there were some surprises (eg leeks)

The author showed clear calculations to work out exactly what you are making on all your crops. Fascinating and informative. Delighted with my purchase!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of Money 27 May 2014
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Thought this book would filled with gems of essential information for the price. It's nothing of the sort. Utter drivel for the most part based on the authors diatribe of turgid rhetoric, that gives little in the way of realistic insight on profitable market gardening.
Very poor.
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