Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
I have a moneymaking proposition for many of our members. I have a 24 passenger tour bus and I plan to take paying passengers on tours of permaculture farms to eco-villages and to many other types of gatherings.
This could only work for those who are along or near major highways that I'll be traveling since my bus is unsuited to rough terrain or off-road travel. For now I am just concentrating on Western Canada since I don't have licensing for the US. That's because I haven't applied for yet so I can't blame them . I'll pursue US licensing next summer. Eventually I would like to take trips to places like Portland and Eugene Oregon and to Missoula Montana. There are many eco-villages and permaculture farms between Vancouver and these places. I expect that many of the passengers will be attending workshops in green building techniques, rocket stove construction and things of an agricultural nature.
Logistically, there needs to be plenty of room to bring a 30 foot long vehicle without scratching it up and it would be nice if there was an electoral hook up and a washroom available. I prefer to go to well-developed farms that have used green building techniques as well as permaculture. Aquaponics, vermaculture, rocket stoves and alternative energy systems of all types would be of interest to my passengers.
Since there are many choices on where to go I don't want to make trips just to look at one nice garden or one rocket stove. There needs to be enough to make your place a legitimate destination for a touristy learning experience.
Some may have a smaller set up which simply warrants an hour-long stopover. For a stopover like this I'd be willing to pay $50 with the proviso that if we spend more than $150 as a group on farm produce or handicrafts that the $50 fee be waived.
Effectively I'll be bringing you a busload of customers and you'll be entertaining them for an hour or so. I would certainly go for this at my place and I won't make any offer which I wouldn't be willing to accept if a group showed up at my farm.
For those of you who are very well established and have created many interesting structures and living systems which would require hours to investigate and learn about I'd like to propose a different scenario. If I go to a campground I'll generally spend over $100 per night for a large group site which includes a bathroom, shower facilities etc. So I'd be willing to pay $200 to do all of this at a farm where everyone can learn something during their camping experience. All we really need is a large parking space and some clean grass without too much goose poop on it since we'd be setting up anywhere between 15 to 24 tents.
My camping fees are a fixed cost so anything you can sell to the passengers over and above this would not cut into the $200. If you're able to provide breakfast for everybody that's got to be worth at least another $100. And whenever I'm traveling with the bus we will be cooking meals along the way since it's set up for that. We'll constantly need to restock and that means I want to buy some of your organic produce, chicken, fish etc. so everyone can be well fed when we stay at campgrounds. So there's potential for a few hundred dollars worth of business each time we stop at your place.
Some of you may already be doing some sort of farm tours and I'd be interested to learn about your operation and location. I'm sure this will work out well for all involved and look forward to seeing you in the near future. Thank you: Dale 250-588-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See kids. It takes hard work and determination to set up your farm and get everything up and running. But once you have a well-established operation the customers come to you, and sometimes they show up 24 at a time and give you $200 so they can rent your lawn for the night.