If you're like most people you will also have accumulated various seeds and plants from people you know and even used the seeds from the the fruit or veg you bought to consume.
Now you may be wondering where I am going with all this. Well I'll tell you. Consider selling seeds as a way to earn more income for your farm.
If you have just made a sound something like, “pfffft!” and waved your hand in a disregarding fashion, let me tell you a little story about a man from Switzerland.
Switzerland is known for many things such as the Alps, excellent timekeeping, and chocolate but who knew about their award winning pumpkin? Hands up, who knew?
I can see from the lack of raised hands, I wasn't alone in not knowing that a man named Ben Meier had entered the record books for growing the world's largest pumpkin. How big was it?
Are you sitting down?
A whopping 2,323lbs (1,054kg) . That is a heck of a lot of pumpkin pie!
The truth is Mr. Meier won't be needing to make any pie with that pumpkin because he now has a very valuable assets. The seeds.
I hope you're still seated because he sold one seed, yup just one for a staggering £1,250 ($1,760) in auction. This was bought by a seed company in the UK who wants to bring the covet title to the UK.
Now do you still think that selling seeds is a bad idea?
Where to Sell Seeds
There is a big push for heirloom seeds. Those which are passed down through the generations and loved by all. People are wanting natural foods and are seeking out traditional and non GM seeds for their garden. It is this grass roots movement which is having a big impact on manufacturers. The public is demanding and sourcing natural seeds to use. Therefore the time is ripe (see what I did there) to enter the market.
If you are going to become a supplier, there are avenues open to you for selling your seeds.
- Your own website
- Farmers markets
You will need information about the plant. Starting with the name. Get a photo of the plant and the when it has the fruit or vegetable growing on it. The more information you can provide, the better. Where is the ideal place for it to grow? Sunny, partial shade. What type of soil does it like? Is it hardy, can it take a light frost? The same type of information you would read on a seed packet, is what you should be including with your seeds. This doesn't have to be fancy, a simple printout with the information will suffice.
There is a lot of information about various plants on the internet and you should be able to extract the needed information from there. Of course if you already have it growing in your garden, then mention the conditions that you have provided for it. Remember people like that one to one feeling especially when buying something over the internet. Make it personal and it is likely that customer will buy other seeds from you in the future.
If the plant is prone to pests, give a helpful sheet of prevention. This could include information about a natural pest control, also available from the internet.
If you would like to see a picture of the giant pumpkin, here is a link to the BBC which was just one of the sites which carried the news of the massive pumpkin.
Remember you don't have to have an award winning pumpkin to make money from selling seeds, although it would be great if you did. Plants you have growing now, could be your first venture into this market.
Check with your local Department of Agriculture and Post office. There are restrictions on importing and exporting of seeds.