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Old 02-09-2015, 10:05 AM
 
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I recently bought a house in Hooper (west of Ogden) that is on 2 acres. I would love to be able to use the 'field' on the side of the house to use for profit from growing/raising something. This would be just under an acre. I love gardening, animals, cooking, and just getting away from my stressful job when I'm home. I am looking for some ideas on what would be a good, profitable animal/garden to grow. Where is the market? What is in demand in Utah these days. I have a 14 year old son that is anxious to help me and spend some quality time together on a 'project.'

Any ideas are welcome!!!
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:13 PM
 
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I can only give advice based on what I buy, but at the farmer's market I go to, heirloom tomatoes seem to be a big seller. I'm in the lower half of the state though, so someone closer to you would need to back that up for you.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:19 PM
 
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I don't live in UT (yet!) but goat-scaping is a thing here in Wisconsin. It's kind of weird and cool, you raise goats and trailer them to clients (typically businesses) where you set up temporary fencing and let the goats graze. They will eat the non-native plants and weeds. They don't eat the grass. So businesses can be "greener" by not spraying their lawns and you get the fun of goat-ownership.

Whatever you do, good for you for doing a fun project with your son!
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:53 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I don't live in UT (yet!) but goat-scaping is a thing here in Wisconsin. ...!
head over the hill and talk to Lani, (Alpine, WY)
Goats Eat Weeds Ecological Restoration Weed Control Green Alternative

First talk with your 'small acreage' County Extension Agent (you will have one for your district. ) They have the data on what grows / is in demand. They also usually have classes for small acreage business management.

here is ours: (you can probably find an on-line version from IA extension or similar, but local class is worth your time (connecting with others in the region)
https://www.facebook.com/smallacreageprogram

and yours
http://extension.usu.edu/smac/

We have done small fruits (berries) and Chickens (egg) and fresh produce. Eggs and meat are the year-round money makers with low capital and time commitments.

There are many 'business plan' examples. I would suggest engaging your son into 4-H, as it really helped this farm kid learn the essentials and responsibility of ag production. (about 50 yrs ago)

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Old 02-17-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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You'll never get rich but raising and selling small "hobby" animals like chickens, goats or even more exotic animals or waterfowl is an idea.

We've got a 1/2 acre pasture that my wife is learning to raise goats on... not my cup of tea but she loves it, and lots of people want to try it, apparently.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:25 PM
 
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I live in your area. One big problem with Hooper is the Alkali in the soil. Nothing grows in it. You may have to dig it all out and bring in top soil. You can blame the Great Salt Lake for that. Take a quick drive out to the bird refuge and you'll see what I mean
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