Part time market gardening?
So I got my Master's degree, worked in academia for a couple years and have decided it's not really my thing. But the one advantage this type of career carries is stability.
I really love gardening. I got into market gardening just to try it out and I like it. But it's really not practical to do when working full time.
I'm married, no kids, no plans for kids.
So if I wanted to work 2-3 days a week at a normal job, and manage a market garden as well, how much land do you think would be reasonable to grow on, while still being worthwhile? An acre? Five acres? I am learning towards intensive, hoophouse culture of niche crops, early and late season crops with relatively low input (i.e. no heated greenhouses and stuff like that), mixed with more mainstream crops.
Niche crops and hoophouse crops have not really taken off in Canada like they have in the U.S, so there is opportunity in that here.