Job - Garden Care Professional
As I'm just about to head into semi retirement, as talked about in this recent blog post "Time To Walk The Talk - My Own Personal Collapse" and I'm considering options for a bit of non-conventional income.
I came across this article:
Which discusses how the well to do salary class is now hiring its own domestic servants, though they don't live in the manor like in "Downton Abbey" yet still cater to the moneyed Elites need to have personal needs meet.
I'm projecting a timetable of a move to my sisters and a moving out of my current Duplex apartment around July 2020. That would be right in the middle of gardening season. I still plan on planting vegetables next year and when I move don't really plan on tearing up my current raised beds just to sod over them.
I wonder if I can't talk the landlord into advertising the current apartment as a "Eco-Apartment"?
(Ok that tag line sucks, lol)
But the idea would be a apartment that has an already established garden where you can walk out and pick fresh veggies AND will be maintained much like your lawn by an outside professional. Maybe get the landlord to raise the asking price on rent by $50 to cover my expenses. I would think that a lot of young couples with children would jump at the idea of having a eco-friendly apartment and not mind the slightly higher cost.
It would be a bit more personal than your lawn care guy in that the person would see me in their back yard 3-4 times a week and meet me a lot but then who is more friendly and non-threatening than an old white guy grandfather type with dirt on their hands holding a big bowl of fresh veggies knocking at your door? I'm already planning on getting my "Master Gardener" certificate from the Botanical Garden next year. And I have the Green Wizards' website as street cred on the sustainable front.
What other "credentials" do you think would be helpful to sell this? And do you think this could be marketed successfully? I could pick and choose my clients and charge an upfront fee to install raised beds using the concrete bricks I favor. Perhaps a deposit on them if the client drops the service or demands I remove them and re-sod the lawn.