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Old 02-04-2014, 12:49 AM   #21
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The orchard is about 7 acres with 800 tress roughly. You can make a good amount of money but for the effort it takes, it is not a lot.

The only orchards that make a lot of money are huge, and do not grow varieties that taste very good. They grow apples that ship and store well, and will stand up to the abuse of the machinery that they are subject too.
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The orchard is about 7 acres with 800 tress roughly. You can make a good amount of money but for the effort it takes, it is not a lot.

The only orchards that make a lot of money are huge, and do not grow varieties that taste very good. They grow apples that ship and store well, and will stand up to the abuse of the machinery that they are subject too.
My real question is, what kind of money can you make with 500-1000 trees. I read so many college studies (which are surprising a TERRIBLE resource) about how anything under 5-acres is automatically losing money.

I would absolutely love to pull 10-15k year via orchard/garden/farm. I'm kind of at a turning point in life when it comes to my next house/land. Do I go 5-10 acres and try to pull some side hustle income or just hit up 1-2 acres (better location) and keep it strictly hobby.


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My real question is, what kind of money can you make with 500-1000 trees. I read so many college studies (which are surprising a TERRIBLE resource) about how anything under 5-acres is automatically losing money.

I would absolutely love to pull 10-15k year via orchard/garden/farm. I'm kind of at a turning point in life when it comes to my next house/land. Do I go 5-10 acres and try to pull some side hustle income or just hit up 1-2 acres (better location) and keep it strictly hobby.
We make more than $15k per year, but usually try to make 0 profit and put it back into the business via equipment and toys. Other wise you get taxed on your profit.

The most costly thing is finding and buying the correct pesticides that work best in your area. We spray as little as possible, but do have to take care of coddling moth, and a few different types of fungi. If you spray at the right time, there is no harm that is done to a human as the half-life in the chemicals are short and break down before you ever would consume it.

Ok....a half life's never really reaches 0 completely, but what you are eating is less harmful than typical air you breath.

These are things you have to know, so you can tell your costumers that are weary of buying non-organic produce. They automatically assume you do not care about them and are bombing your trees every chance you get with deadly chemicals.

Plan on 3-4 bushels per semi-dwarf tree at $40/bushel retails (selling 8 -1/2 pecks at $5)
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We make more than $15k per year, but usually try to make 0 profit and put it back into the business via equipment and toys. Other wise you get taxed on your profit.

The most costly thing is finding and buying the correct pesticides that work best in your area. We spray as little as possible, but do have to take care of coddling moth, and a few different types of fungi. If you spray at the right time, there is no harm that is done to a human as the half-life in the chemicals are short and break down before you ever would consume it.

Ok....a half life's never really reaches 0 completely, but what you are eating is less harmful than typical air you breath.

These are things you have to know, so you can tell your costumers that are weary of buying non-organic produce. They automatically assume you do not care about them and are bombing your trees every chance you get with deadly chemicals.

Plan on 3-4 bushels per semi-dwarf tree at $40/bushel retails (selling 8 -1/2 pecks at $5)
Do you wholesale at all or are you selling mainly farmers markets?

Any information about your process would be appreciated. Glad to hear you guys are making it work. Also, how many hours would you say you average working the orchard?
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My cherry infused cider is done now and taste great!

This is after added the pure cherry concentrate



I let it go for another week before it finished at 1.007 Final Gravity. It was at 1.002 before the cherry was added. There seems to be quite a bit of non fermentables in cherry compared to apple.

Cold stabilized for 2 weeks.



Bottled last week. The color is amazing. Very clear just like my other ciders.



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Looks awesome man.

Did you grow the cherries as well?



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