A couple of weeks ago Troy and I along with a couple of friends went to the “Maximum Yield” Indoor Garden Expo. We were invited to attend the Industry day (the first day of the expo for businesses in the field).
The first two hours were seminars and presentations from various professionals in the gardening world. They offered coffee and refreshments and there was a lot of Q & A. They talked about how to build your business and the pitfalls to avoid.
The place was cram packed full of garden related vendors. All the latest and greatest products were being represented.
For a small business like ours (and our friends) this is a huge event for us. All the different vendors offer all kinds of free items to try.
Troy and I had commitments later in the day so, we were only there for about 3 hours while the vendors booths were open. We probably only got to about 1/3 of the vendors before we had to leave.
The above picture is all the products we were given. Rough estimate, there is about $1,000 – 1,500 worth of gardening products. Like I said, we didn’t even get to half of the vendors. Our friends, well let’s just say they have at least triple what you see above!
This gives us the opportunity to try different products that normally we wouldn’t or couldn’t (due to cost). Since we grow completely naturally, we had to go through all of our loot and carefully pull out any products that weren’t 100% natural. Those will get donated or shared with friends/family.
We get asked a lot about what we use on our herbs and how we grow them. This gives us a chance to try some of the products without committing to a company. If we like them, we will recommend them.
We met some wonderful company representatives at the expo. A lot of them were impressed and happy to see how we are growing our herbs (being Urban Farmers) and the fact that we do a lot of community service. We have already had several companies send us boxes of products for free to help us out in our community projects.
Since the herbs that we grow at home are strictly for our testing and experiments, we have already begun to test out some of these products. I am excited to see the different results.
The second day of the expo was open to the public. Our friends went back that day (with other friends) and the vendors were still handing out lots of free gardening goodies. So, check out your local Expo centers and think about attending some of the shows that interest you!
Also being posted at The Thrifty Groove