#360: How to Make Money Selling Your Home Grown Vegetables
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Dushan Batrovic, the creator of Seed Voyage about how you can make money selling your home grown vegetables.
New to home vegetable gardening himself, Dushan came up with the Seed Voyage concept after realizing he had way more vegetables than he could possibly consume. Along with the abundance he also wanted others to enjoy the robust flavors that only home grown vegetables can provide.
Dushan is going to tell us his journey to starting Seed Voyage, how it connects home gardeners with those that are looking for fresh veggies, and how you as a home vegetable gardener can make some money in the process.
From there he'll share the journey as a new business owner, any costs associated with being a part of Seed Voyage and what the future of Seeed Voyage will bring to society in general.
About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Dushan Batrovic and Seed Voyage
Every yard is a potential farm in the making. But not just any farm. A farm filled with the most unique, high quality fruits and veggies youíve ever tried. By some estimates, one-third of all households grow food for personal consumption. I grew my first veggie garden last summer and was blown away by the flavour and quality of my heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Iím just an office guy with no farming experience whatsoever, yet my produce tasted better than what the grocery store offers.
Upon deeper reflection, it does actually make sense. Industrial farmsí foremost concern is yield and profits whereas Iím just worried about flavour and quality. There are hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomato available in the world and yet youíll be lucky to find two generic tomato types in the supermarket. Grocery stores cater to the mass market, which means they will always be constrained. It just isnít economical for them to carry 50 different types of heirloom tomato. And now multiply that by the number of veggies you actually go through in a week from asparagus to zucchini.
I quickly realized that many of my friends and neighbours were also growing produce, but the best part was they were growing unique and exotic varietals, not generic foods found in any grocery store. Seed Voyage was founded to connect these passionate home growers with local eaters that seek and appreciate specialty foods like heirloom tomatoes, rainbow carrots or fingerling potatoes.
A grower could make about $500 on 100 square feet per summer based on my estimates. For summer students or retired folks with access to a bit more land, you could probably earn a few thousand during growing season. However, for people like me, the appeal of Seed Voyage is to find a new use for those weeks in August and September when everything goes ripe at the same time. Instead of giving away all of my delicious produce, I can sell them and use these funds to purchase other amazing produce from local gardeners.
Itís a no-brainer; amazing quality and flavour. Homegrown foods picked at exactly the right time with no ripening on trucks. Even a generic veggie that is picked a few hours before eating tastes great. But specialized varietals like my Cherokee Purple tomatoes, which I grew last summerÖamazing! Youíll start to wonder how those red spheres in the grocery store are even allowed to be called tomatoes. In the end, these are foods that are ultra-local and grown by passionate gardeners feeding their families. The difference in flavour and quality will blow you away.
Our platform is designed with one thing in mind Ė to connect growers and eaters so that they can buy and sell their locally grown produce. The home gardener signs up on seedvoyage.com and inputs two key things Ė their address and the foods they are growing. The local eater signs up and inputs their region of interest (for example, within 5 km of their house) and the foods they are interested in buying. When the produce is ripe and ready for harvest, the grower will send notification and any eaters with matching preferences will be alerted. They will confirm purchase and pick up the goods at the growers house. All transactions are electronic so need to make change at the door. There are no fees for signing up, only a small transaction fee when goods are sold. Simple as that.
We hope youíre as excited as we are about connecting with your local community members to spread your love of homegrown fruits and veggies.