Do you have a greenhouse where you grow organic fruits and vegetables? If you’ve been doing this for years, why not take it to the next level, and start a greenhouse farming business? Starting a greenhouse may seem economically daunting, but if you set up a small unit initially, you don’t have to spend a fortune.
Starting a greenhouse business
If you already have a greenhouse, you can extend it a bit further to accommodate more plants to produce different vegetables. However, before you start the business, here are a few things you need to consider:
- Research the local market to know if the customers want organic produce or not. Most customers will, considering that they know the adverse effects of fertilizers and pesticides that go into producing bulk veggies. Organic vegetables don’t have such harmful chemicals. So, once you know the market demand, you can set up the greenhouse accordingly.
- The market research will also help understand the type of crops you should grow. You can conduct another market research to find out the maximum productivity in the locality. Study what is in demand and if customers are happy with what they are getting. This allows you to take the risk of moving into that direction or take a different step to grow other vegetables that may be fruitful for the customers and your business.
- Design the greenhouse if you don’t have one. Alternatively, you can outsource the design and development of the greenhouse to a professional company and instruct the size and dimensions. Solar and timber greenhouse units are the latest trends these days. The former can collect solar energy during the day and use it at night to allow the gardener to extend the growing season.
- Set up an irrigation system, benches, fertilizer system, and wires to allow free air flow so that the plants inside don’t get affected by the extreme weather conditions.
- Divide the greenhouse into several parts dedicated to the veggies you want to grow. Depending on the number of vegetables you want to produce, you can set up an additional greenhouse to meet the market demand.
- Once you are confident about the product and the types of veggies, you should contact your zoning authority to know the rules regarding governing a greenhouse. Many gardeners want to increase their productivity, and that’s why they require additional land. The zonal authority will recommend a secure land that may be outside the city limits. Try to research the soil of the area allocated for gardening before buying the property.
- Start planting seeds and follow the growing cycle carefully.
- Contact local nurseries, florists, and farm stores so that they recommend your greenhouse farm to collect organic veggies. You can distribute flyers and promote your business on social media by opening a business page.
Most importantly, don’t compromise on the quality of the produce. If you can create a demand in the market, then there will be more customers coming in, and that will allow you to expand your business quickly.