Since we purchased the Grillo Tractor with the Berta Rotary Plow attachment (now affectionately known as Bertha), we’ve been contemplating how we can use this to help other small farmers, while at the same time generating income for our farm venture to keep it sustainable. One idea is to turn the plow into a service offering – you want your yard dug up? Call us, we’ll handle it! Just gotta work out the logistics, costs, timing, etc and this could become a great revenue stream for BBF. A couple of colleagues became guinea pigs for this experiment. For a nominal fee and in exchange for other services, we worked on some small jobs today with promising results. We are keen to explore this opportunity further, though I think Spink might have to bulk up a bit if he’s gonna do this on a more consistent basis (he’s got that cushy office job that exercises his mind, but not his other muscles!).
Job #1 – Backyard garden bed
Size: about 100 sq. ft.
Time: about 20 minutes
Lessons learned: Tight spaces are tough to do. Turning around is a real challenge. Guide works well for keeping soil in place.
Job #2 – Urban Growth Farms
Size: about 500 sq. ft.
Time: about 2 hours
Lessons learned: If terrain is not level, the job can be more challenging. Clutch is tight and difficult to use.