Jobs For The Kids.


my lad is earning himself a nice bit of money at various farms, all ok of course because he’s over 13.

But we are struggling for our youngest, who’s busting to get out there and earning. Farm work isn’t what’s required and all other enquires yield the same response: “we only take on kids over 16”. I think it’s an insurance problem.

Anybody else found a nice little earner for their rugrats?

Cheers, Pete.
not really both boys get pocket money and when we are flush we pay him per hour and put through the books (receipt etc). Get paid into back accounts. The issue is we havent enough free cash to pay them. This is only on our farm. Im not particularly keen for them to work on other farms due to h&s, risks etc, transporting them and really we have enough work here. One way they can make a bit of money is making wood crafts in the workshop - plenty of discs, reindeers, good lil trees you see people selling for big money so worth considering leaning self skills and selling stuff that way. There a lot of workshop skills they can do.


Sir Gar / Carms
Mine are still fairly young, all in primary school, but are already dealing in 'livestock'... i.e. stick insects. The herd (faggot? :unsure:) actually belongs to my middle boy, but the oldest does some selling online (under supervision, because it's using a paypal account I started).

Purely because I was drunk and a friend, also drunk, said it would be so, I worked out a rough basis of sales income per kg and compared it to the sheep. Can anyone guess how many times more the stick insects make than lamb? It'll make you sick... :woot:
I think the HSE are now clamping down on this so you'd need to think creatively. I believe there is no industry worse than farming for deaths and, in particular, child deaths.

There are things like poo picking at stables etc that may pay him a bit of cash.

Another option perhaps, set him up with some quail and just get him to cover feed costs with egg money and sell the eggs locally. It teaches him something about costs and responsibility. You'd be amazed too, they are efficient little birds. I did the sums and they don't really work as a genuine business if I am honest but there should be a nice little profit in there for say 100-150 birds... you'd just need to take the hit on the cost of buying them and the housing etc.
Mine are still fairly young, all in primary school, but are already dealing in 'livestock'... i.e. stick insects.
I haven't seen a stick insect since primary school!

I had the job of looking after it because I wanted to be a vet.

My uncle had a packaging company where he was delivered a van load of clothes that were packaged wrong. He had people (including his nephews) repackage them and send them off again. Something similar would be easy money for an army of kids, but I guess it's more automated these days.
Nice little idea, set her up in something she can look after herself.
She’s great with animals, having lambs and goats.
So sorry, I had wrongly assumed she was a he. Good for her!! She could even design her own labels for the egg boxes.

The other thing you could do is chicken boarding. It is straight forward and people would pay reasonable money to have their hens looked after while they go away.

There's car washing at weekends. You take her to your friends' house, enjoy a catchup and a cup of tea while she washes their cars. Could be a nice little earner for her... just do it with friends and aquaintances for safety's sake.

The other thing is odd jobs. If you know anybody moving house or stripping wallpaper/decorating, planting daffodil bulbs, clearing garden areas, tip runs etc it is really useful to have a hardworking youngster to help with that sort of thing. Most people can find work for young-keen workers. I just think farm stuff is going to get increasingly difficult for under 16s from an HSE point of view.

Highland Mule

Livestock Farmer
I’ve always said she will never be working for someone else.

Everything she does has to be on her own terms!
Single-mindedness is admirable, but it would maybe be good for her to have this tempered somewhat too. I'd find here a tough boss to work for a bit, just to make her understand that there is a real world out there and we don't always get our own way - better to learn that lesson at 16 than 26.....


I have two sons. They're nine years old. They help me care for flowers in the garden. We have a lot of plant pots uk. It's so beautiful when you see the result of the work. Flowers make our lives more harmonious and vibrant.

Get ready for pest monitoring, advises PGRO

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has issued new advice to help growers understand the importance of measuring pest populations before any decisions are made on insecticides. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Ahead of the trapping season, the PGRO has produced a new masterclass video to help growers understand how to trap and assess pest populations. The key advice is that using a range of preventative tools will be crucial for farmers looking to reduce cases of pea and bean weevil, pea moth, and silver Y moth this spring, while finding more sustainable ways of farming in line with new agricultural policy, according to the PGRO’s research and...