Specialty and niche farming

Specialty and niche farming

At a time when it seems like everyone is growing tomatoes, lettuce and their own herbs, how does a small farmer stand out from the crowd? You may want to find a niche that isn’t already occupied or something that is unique to your area.


Agroforestry in short, means farming trees. Christmas tree farms, bamboo, firewood, tree seed collections and wild nuts are some of the options in this category. Agroforestry is the interaction of agriculture and trees, including the agriculture use of trees.

On a national and global scale, forestry and agriculture interact ecologically through policies relating to land use and trade, and are important with respect to climate change and other environmental concerns. Agroforestry embraces an agro-ecological approach, putting emphasis on multi-functionality and the management of complex systems and polycultures rather than focusing exclusively on monoculture.


Specialty livestock are those animals that are not commonly farmed. That includes animals like buffalo, deer, elk, pheasant, alpacas, llamas, goats and more.

Alpacas - just a few decades ago there were but a handful of farmers and ranchers importing and breeding alpacas in the United States. Now thanks to a number of factors, alpacas are considered a lucrative and relatively easy livestock investment, with their numbers climbing to about 50 thousand. Still, that is a drop in the bucket compared to about 3.5 million alpacas in South America, their continent of origin.

Pheasants - many people raise pheasants to release them into the wild to try and increase the local pheasant population. Pheasants definitely add character to your property. Although they can be quite elusive, they are not social like chickens at all. They are beautiful and certainly have their own personalities and ways of life within their flocks. Many farms sell pheasant meat too. They are a delicious bird with lean white meat similar to chicken.


Aquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic organisms in controlled aquatic environments for any commercial, recreational or public purpose. The breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals takes place in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, the ocean and man-made closed systems of land.

It is one of the fastest growing forms of food production in the world. Harvests from many wild fisheries has peaked globally, and aquaculture is widely recognized as an effective way to meet the seafood demands of a growing population. Aquaculture includes the farming of trout, catfish, oysters, clams, baitfish, crawfish, tilapia and more.


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