John Saltveit wrote:Nice post, Deb.
I don't think that it's helpful to worry about having achieved 100% pure permaculture.
Mike Homest wrote:It is very complicated to make money from a homestead/permaculture/etc...Though this might not be the goal for many. Even conventional farmers mostly work 7/365 to make a living. Friends "produce" (their cows) about 500l of milk daily. Those animals need work every day. They feed as much as they can, usually 50% grass. They sell their raw milk local, with help of own small distribution automates and to local cheese producer. Otherwise they could hardly survive, as the milk industry pays very little per liter. Another friend (biological certified farmer) even has to transport his milk to the industry and gets just about 0.4 €/l, his milk will be then ruined through pasteurisation and sold for 4-5 times what he is getting. Non-Bio Milk is even just paid less for.
So even if you are a professional, making profit is quite hard. So it seems a little bit over the tops to ask mostly self educated people to make a living from their homestead. Which might not even the goal for many? And many are starting from scratch, have mortgage to pay and so on. Preparing for the upcoming crash, which is only a question of when not if, in our failure by design monetary system is another good reason. All that profit and money will not help to survive an inch, once the powers behind decide to pull the plug.
But self grown food, fresh eggs from your own chickens, own water supply, heating, cooking, hot water and so on from your own firewood and many other things are hard to count in money.
Holzer is another story, since I am among others fluently in German, I have read some stories about him. Of course you do not know how much is true, but that there seems (not said on his farm homepage) not even a small store on his frequently visited (paid tours) farm to sell his food, makes you thinking? He has quite some good ideas but I do not go d'accord with some of his ideas out of own experience. For example he advocates not to cut fruit trees at all. But there are tens of thousands of years growing experience/work in those trees, they need especially in the beginning some cutting just as other fruit plants to get them in a shape to provide lots of fruits and enable you to harvest without a helicopter!
A professional farmer told me one (he) would often plant trees for the next generation. Indeed some nuts tree take 30 or more years to provide its first nuts. While other are faster, even some apple trees take easily 10, 20 or more years to grow to a size to provide lots of fruits.
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