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Think outside the box to supplement your income.

COUNTRYSIDE: My sister has about 30 acres in north-central Pennsylvania with a farm pond (and fish), which cattails have taken over.

Could she fence in the land, borrow some sheep in the spring, and then send them back in the fall? What could she and her boyfriend do to make some extra money on their farm?--Jean E. Webber, Iowa

Your sister might be able to "borrow" some sheep/goats for the summer to keep pastures under control. Of course there are going to be legal issues involved (in case of injury or illness of an animal for example), so make sure she has any exchange in writing.

Flip through back issues of COUNTRYSIDE and we're sure something will catch your attention. In this issue alone you'll read how people have started their own petting zoo, cut raw timber, built raised beds or hoop houses (your sister could build them for others), raise vegetables to sell or trade.... (Check to see what types of permits, insurance, etc. may be needed in your area.)

If you ask around, you may be able to find a copy of Ken Scharabok's How to Earn Extra Money in the Country.

When it comes to earning extra money on the homestead, don't be afraid to think outside of the box.

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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Webber, Jean E.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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