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Small Farms Income – Provide An Agricultural Service

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Another example of using a small farm to produce income is to provide an agricultural service using equipment and skills you already have.

Crop planting Service

You could start your own planting service and work with other farmers or growers in your area producing and/or starting plants.

Pruning (e.g. fruit trees)

Pruning fruit trees is time-consuming and calls for expertise. Many fruit farmers are prepared to hire someone to carry out this important job on their trees.

Produce Brokerage

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been used as a way of selling produce.  Customers pay in advance and then get a regular supply of farm products.  The expanded version is to link up with surrounding farmers to provide a greater variety of products.  A farm can then specialize in one area without their customers have a limited choice.

Farm sitting

You could build a business by providing farm sitting services where you take care of people’s farm animals or land while they travel.

Pest Control

Setting traps for gophers, ground squirrels, rats, mice.  Check your State laws for licensing requirements.

Tree felling, stump removal

If you know how to fell trees, you could offer a tree removal service. You could either invest in a chipping machine or you could haul it off and sell it as firewood as an additional way to make money on a small farm.

tree felling


And speaking of hauling, if you have a farm, chances are that you have a truck and trailer. If so, consider hauling items for people

Welding and blacksmithing

In a farming area there is always the need to have metal equipment repaired and the skills of braising, welding and blacksmithing are invaluable.

Tool sharpening

Most people, not only farmers, need to have tools of various sorts sharpened, from carving knives and scissors to shears and pruning equipment. Someone does a roaring trade in this area by bringing sharpening equipment to a small stall at our local farmer’s market every week.


It is important that beef, chicken, pork and other animals are killed safely and humanely. There are not enough slaughterhouses to support our current farm-to-table economy and though slaughtering and butchering are not necessarily the most pleasant or glamorous jobs you could make a part-time or full-time living on your farm by providing this service instead of raising any food of your own. To slaughter a pig you can normally charge about $50, plus an additional $100 for butchering. For a cow you may be able to charge as much as $500 per carcass depending on size.

There will be specific certifications and permits you’ll need to operate a slaughterhouse depending on where you live and getting the necessary certifications to perform kosher and halaal slaughter allows you to charge higher prices and access more specialized work.

Tanning and Selling Hides

If you are butchering animals you are raising (cattle, cheep, goat, even rabbits), then you have probably got a lot of hide that you’d otherwise probably throw away. So why not put every part of the animal to use? Developing the equipment and expertise to tan hides could provide a useful source of income.

You can then sell your leather or use it to make a wide variety of leather goods gloves, belts, purses, footballs and all kinds of goods.


Note: dollar amounts mentioned are given at time of publishing and subject to change.

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