The Rural Enterprises 350 List

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Here’s a list of 350 Alternative Farm-Based Enterprises to whet your appetite:

Adopt-a-tree, Advertising, Aggregates, Afternoon teas, After school clubs, Agricultural Chaplain, Alpaca, Alternative medicine, Amenity management, American-style mailboxes, Angora rabbits, Animal rehabilitation, Animal Associated Therapy, Arboretum, Aromatherapy products, Arts classes, (Field) Archery, Assertiveness training, Aquaponics.

Bacon, Badger watching, Bagpipe making, Balloon service, Barn Conversion, Barn Dancing, Ballooning, Basket making, Bay tree production, Beautician, Bed and Breakfast, Beef packs, Bees, Bee-keeping workshops, Bellringing weekends, Bereavement support, Biofuels, Birds of prey centre, Birdseed, Bird watching, Birthday cards, Bloodhound pack (DIY), Book binding, Book publishing, Bottled water, Brassieres, Bread-making, Brewery, Burial-human, Burial-pets, Buffalo, Business Units.

Cake decoration, Calligraphy, Camping, Canoeing, Caravans, Caravan storage, Car boot sales, Carving wood/ stone, Car service and repair, Car valeting, Cashmere Goats, Catering, Cattery, Chalets, Charcoal making, Chauffeured vintage cars, Cheese, Children’s farm B&B, Children’s parties, Children’s play equipment, Christmas trees, Cider making, Clay Pigeon shooting, Clock-making, Clog-making, Selling clothes, Composting, Concerts, Conference and Training Centre, Computer help, Conference venue, Contracting, Co-ordinating of sixth sense, Coppice, Corporate hospitality, Correspondence courses, Cottage Lets, Counselling, Crafts, Craft directory, Crayfish Farming, Crematorium, Cricket (indoor), Croquet, Cross Country Course (Horses), Curtain making, Cyber pub, Cyclo-cross, (Cycles touring), Dairy goats.

Dairy sheep, Dating Agency, Deer, Dentist, Desk-top publishing, Disco venue, Dog & Cat minding, Dog breeding, Dog grooming, Dog’s Hotel, Dog-sledding, Dog training, Dog walking, Domestic agency, Dried flower production, Ducks.

Ecoflow magnets, Egg round, Elderberry wine, (elderberries grown on contract), Equestrian Centre, Essential oils, Etiquette courses, Evening out and tour arranging.

Family history investigation, Farm business consultancy, Farmers markets, Farm shop, Farm security, Farm trails, Feed manufacture, Fancy fish breeding, Field Boarding; Fine art adviser, Fish farming, Fishing lakes, Fish smokery, Florist, Flower arranging courses, Flowers for drying, Making flyscreens, Football, Footwear for farmers, Forestry, Form filling service, Four wheel drive, Free range eggs, Frozen food distribution, Fudge making, Furniture restoration.

Game shooting, Garden Centre, Garden design, Gardening, Geese, Geo-positioning app trails, Gift wrapping services, Gilding, Glamping, Gliding, Goats, Golf course, Golf range, Go-carting, Golf Course, Golf driving range, Golf management, Grain drying, Granny activity holidays, Grass boarding, Grass mowing, Grass track racing (motor cycles), Grave digging, Guanacos, Guinea Fowl.

Hairdressing, Hang-gliding, Hanging basket maintenance, Hat-selling and hire, Haulage, Health Products, Health farm, Help groups directory, Herbs, Historic trails, Hockey, Holiday chalets, Holidays for diabetics, Home entertainer, Horse B&B, Horse Drawn Carriages for weddings, Horse hospital, Horse jumps, House sitting, House exchange agency, Humanist funerals, Hurdle making, Hydroponics.

Ice cream, Import/export, Industrial Unit, Interior design consultancy, Ironing, IT training.

Jet-skiing, Jewellery design, Junk shop.

Kennels, Lambing-time visits, Landscape Gardening, Lavender farm, Leaves to curds (tofu) and milks, Lecturing, Life swap for a week, Line dancing classes, Lingerie, Listening devices, Livery, Llamas, Llama trekking, Locations for film and TV.

Magazine production, Mail order, Management games, Manicuring, Marriage guidance, Massage, Maternity wear hire, Meat boxes by post, Mechanics workshop, Mediaeval Banquets, Meditation weekends, Mentoring, Millinery, Mobile cyber-cafe, Mobile phone aerials, Mobile second hand books, Mobile post office/bank, Model Aircraft, Moonlight walks, Mountain biking, Museum, Mushroom farming, Mushroom picking, Music weekends, Mystic weekends.

Newspaper delivery, Nursery School,

Off-roading, Open gardens, Organic farming, Fresh organic baby food, Opera house, Orienteering, Ostriches,

Paintballing, Painting Holidays, Paper storage, Parachuting, Para-gliding, Parrot breeding, Pet B&B, Pet Cemetry, Pet headstones, Pet sculptures, Pharmaceutical crops, Pheasant rearing, Photographic Agency, Piano lessons, Pick-your-own, Picnic sites, Plant Hire, Polo, Polo pony wintering, Pony Trekking, Pop-concerts, Posh frock hire, Pottery, Proof reading, Property, Public relations, Pudding service.

Quad biking, Quail, Quarrying.

Rabbits, Racehorse training, Ready meals, Recruitment agency, Red kite feeding centre, Respite care home, Restaurant, Retreats, Riding School, Riding Stables, Radio Station, Road haulage, Rock concerts, Rowing, Rug making.

Salmon farming, Sandwich van, Saunas, Second hand clothes, Self catering accommodation, Secretarial services, Sheep dairying, Shellfish, Shooting Range, Shooting (game), Sign manufacturing, Singles parties, Skate-boarding, Smokery, Snail Farming, Soap making, Soft furnishings, Specialist plants on the internet, Stag and hen weekends, Stained glass, Stand-up comedy, Stone carving.

Table trout production, Tandem racing, Tapestry kits, Taxidermy, Tea-shop, Teenage activity holidays, Telephone answering service, Ten-pin bowling, Terracotta pots, Terry nappies, Touring caravans, Toys, Toy library, Tractor manufacture and rebuilding, Translation, Treasure hunting (metal detectors), Tree nursery, Turf.

Video conferencing, Voluntary work,

Walking tours, Walling, Rural waste advisory service, Water bottling, Water-skiing, Water Buffalo, Weaving, Web-site design, Wedding service, Wedding venue, Growing weed seeds, Wholesale flower market, Wild boar, Wild flower seeds, Willow growing, Wind farm, Wine, Woodland and Hedgerow Products, Woodland walks, Worm farming, Writing courses,

Xmas trees,

Yoghourt

Zoic research, Zither making, Zephyr manufacture, Zen meditation, Zucchini farming.

Plenty of opportunities we can discuss when we meet at the NEC.
Nov. 11th 2015    Fully Booked
Nov. 12th 2015    Available Times

Comment
“Thank you for posting this list Johanneke s. I am sure it will promote many farmers to think about their farm growth potential.  Your list has been downloaded many times and it was the catalyst for our Rural Growth Wales project which has already promoted the growth of:

  • local town tourism,
  • a community land trust,
  • a worm farm,
  • pony trekking holidays,
  • bike trecks,
  • walking weekends,
  • a new orchard,
  • book publishing,
  • community events,
  • artist collectives,
  • a snail farm,
  • a retreat and meditation centre.
  • poetry workshop
  • Cohousing Group
  • Hydroponic / Aquaponic Research Unit (Volunteers should apply via HelpX )

The Grand Wales Tour. Here be Dragons!

The last dragon in Wales was so long ago that nobody remembers it or even knows when it was around. Some think that having a National Red Dragon seems a bit Chinese but of course Dragons were once widespread and most cultures have some stories they can share on the subject of these (mythical?) creatures.

When I first visited Mid. Wales I thought I would find a Sheep Museum but instead, at Llandrindod Wells, I discovered a Dragon Museum tucked away on the left near the old fire station (in case of emergency) and before the town centre. I had assumed that it would grow to be the biggest Dragon Museum in the World – internationaly famous and a big tourist draw for the whole region, but on the occasion of my last visit to this Town, there was no sign of it and no dragon footprints leading away from the den.

I feel that the loss of this potential gem is serious because it was obviously started by an enthusiast living in exactly the right country. If you know the curator of this Dragon Museum, or any other Dragon Museum, I’d love to know about them and eventually see a Welsh Dragon Museum on the tourist map. There are many that share my enthusiasm for such great giants of myth, magic and might.

It is also logical to have a big ‘Sheep Museum and exhibition area’ in Wales and I have no idea if the Welsh Tourist Board have ever promoted this idea. In November 2002, Locum Destination Consulting was appointed by the Mid Wales Partnership and the Tourism Partnership – Mid Wales – Partneriaeth Twristiaeth Canolbarth Cymru – to undertake a review of the Regional Tourism Strategy but on reading it, I found that it just highlighted the potential of walking and cycling as usual.

Some believe that the tourism strategy of promoting walking and cycling in Mid. Wales will work best. I believe the best future is to create alternative enterprises, alongside farmers, that will entertain, educate and create health links between city and country dwellers.  These enterprises will boost the rural economy, encourage the peaceful growth of cities, maintain farms and preserve the natural environment.

“So what are these magical enterprises?”
I see the clues emerging everywhere in Wales like the largest underground trampoline, inland surfing, giant slip wires over a quarry. These are tourism wonders of the new World and we’re certainly going to experience them all and help promote the fun they create.

And what of that Dragon? The oldest recorded use of the Dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written by the historian Nennius around 820. Before that? Who knows. More>