This gardeners business concept is simple but exacting for its operator. Koenie pots up succulents in recycled plant pots at his home in Ruyterwacht. He packs them on the back of his bicycle and sells them door to door in Ruyterwacht and the Goodwood area, and even further afield.
I’ve planted out two of Koenie's plants in my succulent garden. They
were very reasonably priced, five and ten rand a piece, but I was astonished to
find out how much Koenie has made from this marketing method of selling door to
door since he started out some months ago. It comes to a couple of thousand a
month and added to his other similar income as a gardener, it means his basic
survival needs are supplied. I wanted to list his phone number for potential customers, but a hard drive dysfunction led to a loss of all this information and I'm writing from memory now.
I am hoping to interview someone else soon who conducts his business using a bicycle and makes money with recycling. These gritty entrepreneurs both work very hard physically for rewards other people would find insufficient, perhaps, and show a total commitment to their green enterprises, and the long hours involved in bringing in the money.
My partner has also brought in an income stream from our backyard garden for many years, growing worms and selling vermiculture related products. He also breeds and sells Koi fish. He is a backyard or micro farmer really. He would not have survived without it, but it was grueling. However he does not want to leave the farming lifestyle and is building up another micro farming business at present.
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