I have in the past sold a goat here and there but other than that I never really made any money back from my farm. After two friends requesting that I do a summer camp for city kids to experience the farm life. I decided to give it a try. To my surprise I started to fill up spots quickly. It is so exciting and it gave me some confidence to maybe try out some of the ventures that I have only dreamed about in the past.
In other news. I did post about the farmers market. I have still been doing that and making a small profit here and there. I am not getting rich by any means but I think it is has alot of other benefits so I am sticking with it.
Well our local farmers market is well kinda dead. So I started thinking what I could do to help bring people in. Then it hit me. I have all these cute little animal why not bring out a little petting zoo. Of course that lead to researching what regulations there are for petting zoos. Well I found out that the USDA regulates and requires a license for any petting zoo. Also insurance is needed to pursue this avenue. I didn't know what to expect when it came the work and cost involved. I have googled, called and been transfered and called some more and finally got to the bottom of what I need to do to get this going.
I guess I will spare all the details but I will say that I am well on my way to the begining stages of "Country Paradise Farm/ Funny Farm Petting Zoo and Pony Rides" Above is the link to the facebook page for my business.
Ok I guess I will give you some details. The license requires paper work, inspections, a regulation book, more paper work and some money. Then I can be USDA licensed. Insurance, I got some good news from them today that I should be insured by this weekend. Just in time for the farmers market and I can do pony rides there this weekend. The reason I can do that is because equine are not regulated so they do not have to be licensed.
So that is that. Between baking bread, making pasta, going to the market, doing research, planning for camp, keeping up with the garden not to mention taking care of my beloved little family and the regular chores that is what I have been up to.