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System (coop, planter box, etc.) rentals

 
Joel Hollingsworth
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Two farmers seem to have independently hit on the same, clever income model: rent low-maintenance, established systems to consumers who want to ease in to home production.

An LA-based company rents containers with good soil, established plants, and an automated irrigation system ($16-$25/month per 3 square-foot container)...greenhouse already provided, courtesy of National City Lines.

And in Northern Michigan, $250 gets you a coop with two laying hens, for the summer.

Seedlings and baby chicks are the hard part. There's a market in skipping the hard part, or at least putting it off until the more routine parts have built up a reserve of skill and confidence.

This sort of thing has tremendous potential, in my humble opinion. The business model works better, the more self-sustaining such a system is, and the better it integrates with the needs and products of surrounding systems...in other words, permaculture could kick it up a notch or two.
 
Fred Morgan
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Location: Northern Zone, Costa Rica - 200 to 300 meters Tropical Humid Rainforest
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Good idea. One of the huddles that one faces is someone might be just fine taking care of chickens, without the ability to build a secure chicken house - or even knowing where to buy them.

This helps people ease into it.
 
I agree, here's the link: http://richsoil.com/pdc
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