Farming is a different beast to what it used to be. Customers want the best deals, so supermarkets pay less for produce. While we would all like to stick to our guns and refuse these cheap offerings, we also need to make a living. And, if you aren’t selling, that isn’t going to happen. But, with prices as low as they are, even selling isn’t enough to see decent profits. So, the face of farming is changing. We’re finding cheaper ways to produce the same products. We’re also trying to be innovative with ideas. Anything that makes extra money is worth trying. One thing that might be worth considering is opening your farm to the public. Of course, it’s your home and your business. This can be a hard decision. But, you don’t have to open all year round. One open day a month could be enough to see you through. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to make the public aware of the work you do. Here are a few things worth considering if you think this is the way to go.
When it’s just workers and animals, there’s no need to make the place look good. People have this image of a picturesque farm, but we know that’s far from the truth. Falling barns and cow dung are more like it. But, if you’re opening up, think about how you can make the place look good. Contact welding contractors to upgrade your barn doors. And, have a cleanup! People won’t want to wade through mud and muck. If it’s been raining, you could even set down some wooden panels for people to walk on. It protects your ground, and ensures everyone doesn’t leave in a muddy mess.
OFFER FUN ACTIVITIES
Opening the place for the day is all well and good, but you need to come up with things for people to do. Though it may seem impressive to you, seeing the farm won’t be enough of a draw for most people. And, you want to attract as many as possible. The good news is, you have everything you need to keep people amused. Charge children to feed the calves. If you have horses, offer horse rides. You could even let people muck out the animals if you feel brave enough. Though, make sure you’re following health and safety restrictions if you do!