Making Extra Income On Your Farm or Rural Property

By: Tom Chatham

One thing many homesteaders and farmers need is extra income, especially if they are new to the area. It can be difficult getting a market established if you have to compete with others that are veterans to the local market. Producing a product is usually easier than finding enough return customers to make the farm sustainable. In this situation you need to think of unconventional services and products you can provide to fill the financial gap.

Rent RV storage space- There are many people that have RV’s or camper trailers for traveling or even bug out use if the need arises. These people may not have the room to store these items where they live or an economical place to store them. By providing a few parking spaces in an out of the way area on your land you can give them a cheap alternative.

Rent storage lockers- It seems everywhere you go these days you see storage units. One way to separate yourself from the pack is to offer these services to urban and suburban preppers that may not have a place to bug out if things get bad in the cities and need a place for their extra stuff. A 20’ cargo container makes a great storage locker and a potential temporary shelter.

Sell bulk grains to individuals- If you only grow a few acres of grains you want to get the maximum price for them so why not sell directly to people who want to store bulk grains. These people are usually willing to pay prices that are premium for the farmer but still lower than people can get from retailers. If you can process these grains as well into flour, cornmeal or rolled oats, you can get even better prices from potential customers.

Make your farm a vacation destination- If you have sufficient area to park a few RV’s or camping sites, your farm could become a seasonal vacation site for some people. If you can also offer things like a small store, horseback riding, swimming pool, fishing or hiking then you have something to draw people in. You could even offer the “farm experience” where they help slop the pigs, collect eggs or milk the cow.

Bug out site for urban dwellers- You could go one step further with the RV parking space and allow extra footage so a person could park their RV, have a storage unit and have room to plant a garden. This might be very appealing to many preppers that see the need to get out of the cities at some point but have no place to go long term.

Just over an acre of land can provide 12 50’x75’ blocks for rent. A road down the center of the area with blocks on either side and a gravel pad down one side of each block to place the storage container and park the RV is all that is needed. At $75 per month per block, a farmer could potentially make $10,800 per year if all blocks are rented. For the price of a monthly cable bill you could provide someone with storage space and a place to camp anytime they wanted.

When you have to compete with others in a small market, it may be necessary to find that niche that others do not see that you can fill. With the large number of preppers scattered around the country, this segment of society may be a good demographic to target for services they cannot find elsewhere.

We see offers for food storage and survival land for sale but seldom do you see anything in between that people with limited funds can afford. A bugout camping site on a farm may look very appealing to many on a limited budget that see the need. If the need ever arose the farmer would have likeminded people on site that would be of great benefit to him. If the world suddenly turns into a lemon, it would be good to have people around to help make lemonade.

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Posted on March 28, 2017, in Economics, Preparedness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Bobcat Prepper

    What a great and timely article. I will be moving to a big city for a job this summer, and it would be nice to make a farmer a friend, to have a place to stay in event of a disaster.

    I have a list of several farmers at least an hour out of town, that participate in the city’s farmer’s markets. I hope to meet all of them, and find one I click with, first to get a tour, and then to “intern” on the farm, to learn more about farming. That skill will be useful all by itself.

    The next step will be to discuss your “prepper vacation plots” idea, to see how interested he is in preparedness and his opinion of prepping in general.

  2. Bobcat Prepper

    Not to hog attention, but I realized that a productive 50′ x 75′ plot of corn will only provide enough calories for 1 person for a year, but prepper-renters will want to support their whole family there.

    The farmer may want to have an agreement, where prospective prepper-renters get a little training around the farm and do some manual labor, so that if they show up when SHTF they can carry their share of the burden around the farm, and earn a share of the farm’s bounty.

    What do you think?

    • Yes, an ideal situation would have a family work part time for the farmer for rent and food supplies. Following an event, multiple people would be needed for security, especially at night, so this could account for a good deal of the part time work. A garden plot of about 1,000 sq. ft. can produce enough produce to feed one person for about a year so the approximately 3,000 sq. ft. of extra ground you would have in my example would feed about 3 people. Keep in mind you would have a summer garden and a winter garden so utilizing that area year round can produce a lot of food if planted intensively. Obviously, results would vary depending on the location and soil conditions.In any case you would be living on a farm so any shortages could be made up by the farmers production.

    • I think you are a wishful, ‘thinker’. I am a farmer w/ the ability to support my family extended family and my very best of friends. I am also a prepper.. You and your type are the least of the dregs we would want. NUBS…non useful body.

      The author here is just about as useless. City dwellers escaping the city will find little welcome in the hinterlands come TEOTWAWKI. Unless you have already a established a very solid long term relationship, not just a contractual/ financial one, your spot and limited preps will be useless.

      We can collect our own eggs thank you…lol

  3. “so any shortages could be made up by the farmers production.” I think you hit the nail on the head w/ that comment. Could…lol Thanks for helping me make my point in a SHTF scenario. Your city cash will be worthless, your untrained mind and body will be useless. Worthless eaters will not be needed not even for guard duty as you hope.

    Nubs like you would just go to sleep on guard or worse be taken and tortured to give up all intel on the farm.

    You guys here are all wannbees. I hope you have a better plan than what this author ‘perports’!

    Camping and hunting won’t work either, it’s called mathematics!

  4. These might look like neat ways to make money in the contemporary environment, but inviting “like-minded people” on your property has big risks. After the 2008 financial collapse, a lot of newly homeless people became “survivalists.” Renting any property to people is bad enough, as I’m sure most landlords can attest to.

    The average Umerican anymore is an attention-deficit slob who doesn’t pick up after themselves, at the very least. Sure, do the above methods to make money off of your property, and you’ll see environmental damage, garbage, people who refuse to leave, criminal activity, etc.

    In a SHTF scenario: people who will outright jack you, period, and take everything you have. One big problem in the preparedness community is that many Survivalists are too trusting of other “Survivalists.”

    There are better ways to make money off of your property

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