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Looking for work on a Pepper farm

 
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Hello,

I'm looking to pursue my passion of growing peppers in a village format. Unfortunately I do not have much savings still. Does anyone know of any villages or opportunities to do this? I'd be interested in the Caribbean, American Southwest, and Mexico.

I have absolutely no baggage: no attachment nor responsibility to my current lifestyle nor where I reside.

On the side I enjoy making electronic music, brewing beer, hand tool woodworking, and blacksmithing. I'm currently learning Japanese to keep my brain sharp and hopefully visit a master blacksmith in Japan within the next 5 years (as well as collect rare vegetable/fruit seeds!). Again, I need better income and absolutely have to be doing something I enjoy. It's difficult to find something with a high growth ceiling anymore, where input directly correlates to output, without being a lucky entrepreneur or genius that invents something unique.

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Hi Jeff,
I don't fully understand what you mean by growing peppers "(in a village format", so I can't speak to that. I do know its good to start where you are. Your profile says you are in Florida. I imagine that climate can grow peppers pretty well. Is there a reason you don't want to start there and see if you can grow a business?
 
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Matt McSpadden wrote:Hi Jeff,
I don't fully understand what you mean by growing peppers "(in a village format", so I can't speak to that. I do know its good to start where you are. Your profile says you are in Florida. I imagine that climate can grow peppers pretty well. Is there a reason you don't want to start there and see if you can grow a business?



I live with family right now. I'm not sure if you're aware but where I live, 99% of the land is zoned for single family houses. A 1/4 acre sells for $100,000. The cheap land, 1 acre for $15,000, is hunting ground which can't be built upon, or have a farm upon it.

I have indeed started "where I am". I have 500+ pepper plants sown, probably 100-200+ tobacco plants, and 400+ other herbs, traditional medicines, and vegetables, in 1020 plastic trays that can withstand Florida sun and are being bottom watered by 1020 bottom trays and liquid kelp.

Now what? I am poor, this is what I want to do for money but being poor doesn't help the cause. Assuming I sold all 1,000 plants I have (minus unsuccessful germinations), I would have to wait an entire year, roughly, to sow these specific crops again. There aren't notable seasons here. We have rainy and hot, from March-September, then dry and average-cold, from September- February. However, a lot of the plants that you can get started during the rainy and hot season can simply overwinter in the second, so I don't really sow again at the end of the year.

I take a step forward but there's never a path to tread, there's nothing in front of me to tread upon, there is no place to make a path of my own no matter what I do. I cannot help that I am an idiot that can't figure it all out.

By village format I basically mean subsistence farming, supplying people very close by with their food (mostly peppers), and potentially dehydrating and selling the rest online.
 
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I'm getting 2 acers in Seligman Az and will be looking to get another 40 looking for help with everything.
 
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Why don't you take a trip and look around? I think you are imagining something that may or may not exist. I live in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico and my family has one pepper plant. It's several years old and it supplies us with more peppers than the five of use could ever eat. I'm under the impression that there are farms of peppers in Mexico, but that they are large commercial operations growing the poblano and jalapenos that go to the cities.  In our village everyone just has their own pepper plant and no need to "farm" them.
 
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I don't know anywhere in the areas you're asking about, but there used to be something in a village (Hotnitsa) in central Bulgaria that's similar, a small simple farm growing peppers and chillis, hosting people doing Workaways for up to 90 days.
 
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Ahem.. Hatch, New Mexico. Your welcome.
 
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You saying a pepper 🌶 farm I assumed pepper. Yeah there are pepper farms hatch new Mexico for sure they peppers aren't as good as they use to be apparently.
 
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Hello,

I am looking for help on my farm in NW Colorado.  The goal is for those here to own a slice.  It is a hybrid farm, prepping for what may come to pass and also holding out that we can make a decent living milking cows and making cheese outside of Steamboat Springs, CO
 
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John Wibel wrote:Hello,

I am looking for help on my farm in NW Colorado.  The goal is for those here to own a slice.  It is a hybrid farm, prepping for what may come to pass and also holding out that we can make a decent living milking cows and making cheese outside of Steamboat Springs, CO



Hello, I had already sent you a message before seeing this.
 
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philip hernandez wrote:You saying a pepper 🌶 farm I assumed pepper. Yeah there are pepper farms hatch new Mexico for sure they peppers aren't as good as they use to be apparently.



Yea, I emailed a Hatch farm, season gig... NO response. I just emailed another today.

I don't understand the modern take on employment where nobody even bothers to respond after they post an ad.
 
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