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The Country Enterprise Handbook
Analysing your assets|Land use|Vegetables|Soft fruit|Flower & herb growing|Orchard & vineyard|Woodlands Sheep|Beef|Pigs|Rabbits|Hens|Ducks|Geese|Dairying|Kitchen|Bees|Wool|Water|Home|Contact us

Analysing your assets

...Your abilities

...Your space

...Livestock or jam?

...Your work pattern

>..Your environment

...Your selling skills

...Your marketplace

...Your packaging

...Your books

Sometimes you can buy an asset with a property - not simply the buildings or land but perhaps a wood. There is a chapter on woodland that helps to classify what kind of wood it is. It may be an area of water (there is a chapter on that too). Even strange things like wind power can be seen as an asset in some ways. Wind-powered electricity storage systems can save on heating and lighting costs and in many enterprises this can make an appreciable difference.

If you live near the sea, you may well have access to plentiful seaweed and this is a tremendous fertiliser for vegetables and fruit. If you live in the very heart of a city, you have a potential market all around you so if you can produce a marketable product you can succeed. You can even keep livestock in high-rise flats by keeping bees on a balcony (as long as your landlord agrees). Hives are kept on some office roofs and town honey producers are often winners at honey shows. Bees will travel to collect their nectar. When London and other cities still had areas of bomb damage the bee population must have been especially content: masses of the pink weed - rose bay willow herb - quickly clothed the bomb site. Often referred to as 'fireweed' it grows in profusion on fire-razed ground. In town and country it shows the position of fires long gone. Its sweet nectar is a great favourite with bees.

Country enterprises started off life as we know it today. After all the person who was good at making pots soon became the village potter. The person who was good at transforming wood into usable objects formed his own business. Whether these enterprises received payment in kind or in money makes very little difference; it was still a case of an enterprising individual able to use his assets to the best of his ability and the market-place accepting that he had something acceptable with which to trade.