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Digital Subscriptions > Hobby Farms > NovDec 2018 > All That Grass

All That Grass

Turn your edible crop farm into a sod and turf farm for an alternative way to make some green.
COURTESY OF DG TURF FARM

Grass can be a real cash crop. Grass is also known as sod, and sodding a barren patch of land is the quickest, easiest way to achieve a lush, green lawn, so growing sod can be a lucrative agriculture commodity in areas with a steady local market, especially during a housing boom.

Sod farming, also called turf farming, can be tough to get into, especially if you start from scratch, but it might provide an unexpected alternative crop in the right location.

SMALL-SCALE POSSIBILITIES

Like any farming venture, a turf farm needs land with good soil and sufficient water. However, the amount of land needed to succeed could leave some small-scale farmers out of the sod business. New turf farmers must also invest in specialized equipment, especially for large-scale harvesting, which could further hamper the endeavor. Lastly, turf takes time to establish itself, so you must also be prepared to wait before realizing a profit.

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