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Gumbo67

Member Since 05 Feb 2019
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In Topic: Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

19 February 2019 - 10:17 PM

Lmao shes my teacher that runs all of the agriculture classes at my school. A nice lady that I dont really know very well yet so I want to be sure I dont unintentionally end up on her bad side somehow

In Topic: Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

19 February 2019 - 03:39 PM

She told me they didnt need to be soaked and tbh Im just lucky enough to be using her space that I dont want to question her. Oh well :D

In Topic: Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

19 February 2019 - 01:53 PM

Got the seeds! I was going to soak them.,,but my greenhouse advisor lady told me not to. So uh, theyre in the greenhouse taking a nice nap in soil. Heating pad is going in for it tomorrow or Thursday probably. Im hype and cautiously optimistic :)

In Topic: Growdown Throwdown 2019 Sri Lanka - Chilli Red!

17 February 2019 - 11:36 AM

Yall just wait...I may be 2 months late but Im going to WIN

In Topic: Does Anyone Sell Peppers at Farmers Markets?

13 February 2019 - 07:30 PM

 
Depends on the market, really. I think total pepper sales last year was somewhere around $2500-3000, which if you consider I had 3200 pepper plants, a great deal of production hit the compost pile.
 
If you factor in lights, seeds, potting soil, and LP gas I lost money on peppers before they ever hit the dirt. Not even factoring in any labor. 
 
I was mainly wanting to grow peppers at the farm, but building a market will take a lot more time than I thought it would. :)
 
We sold a lot more of other types of produce than I thought we would. I sowed some watermelon, sweet corn, cantaloupe, beans, tomatoes etc last year mainly as space fillers, and to get a crop rotation strategy started, and "other" produce (not peppers) sold much better than peppers did. I sold somewhere around 6,500-7,000 lbs of watermelons at markets and to grocers. We lost the cantaloupe crop to striped cucumber beetles, the cucumbers were also badly affected, beans were a money loser on harvest (cost more to pick than we got selling them), tomatoes all split before ripening because the rain just wouldn't let up all summer.
 
It was tough pill to swallow investing some 300k in to a farm, labor, materials, irrigation well, etc.. to bring in a total of $5500 income.
 
This year might be better, we have a lot of infrastructure in place now and it's just going to be me and the wife working the land, so not as much labor expense. 
 
But yeah, easiest way to make a small fortune farming is to start with a large fortune...


Thank you for being so honest!