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Old 03-01-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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I'm living in a new place that has 8 acres of hilly, tree-filled land. Some areas fairly level, some not. Some areas sunny, some shady. (Southern California)

I'm trying to think of a way to make money off of those un-used acres. Maybe 'rent out' the land for someone who has animals? Grow some fruit trees? Anybody got any great ideas???? (besides growing crops of medical marijuana--ha ha!)
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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If you're not too far from the city, you could start a Christmas Tree farm. I've seen a few of them near where I live over the years. Fruit trees aren't a bad idea, either. I've seen peach and cherry orchards that are open to the public during the harvest season, and they charge by the pound, if I'm not mistaken. It beats picking the fruit yourself.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Default How to Make Money off Rural Property

I am sure the people in your area will buy Christmas Trees, right? Here in Connecticut I see rural properties that grow Christmas trees and do quite well with that business. In between the Christmas season, they grow veggies and sell them alongside the road at a veggie stand...also have fruit trees. There are all kinds of legit things you can do with your property.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Grazing and pick your own strawberries would be nearly immediate payoff-a couple years.
Fruit or Christmas trees would be long term, and I don't know what evergreens would grow in SoCA. Which brings up another question: what's your water supply?
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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8 acres is a very tiny parcel of land.

Follow the advice of posters who give suggestions that utilize small acerage.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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Lease out a patch to Verizon and let them put up a cell phone tower.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Cover it with solar panels and sell back to the utility what you don't use (might be rather capital intensive though).
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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well, you could turn part of it into an attraction of sorts? it may take some cost setting it up but it may pay for itself and then some. I know people who take part of their property and for two months out of the year they turn their land into a haunted forest/trail. they give tractor or hay rides to the starting point and the patrons walk their way back through a maze of horror and actors decked out in scary costumes. it pays for a lot of their needs for the rest of the year
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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the Christmas tree farm would take a few years before you see any payoff, since you have to wait for the trees to grow.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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You should look into an herb farm.
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