R Scott wrote:I am curious of the payback of coppicing trees versus cover cropping with perennial legumes and dynamic accumulators like clovers, comfreys, etc. One could "hay" the clover by cutting it with a side-discharge mower and basically mulch it in place. That would be fast and easy, but probably have to be done several times a year. Coppice is a lot of manual labor, but only once a year or less (only cut 1/2 or 1/3 each year).
Consider me a cheerleader, I want to see more commercial growers switch over to more permie ways but I don't know how to get from here to there without going broke in-between.
I am looking to the incorporation of things that would make for easy marketing. I think the inclusion of a perennial understory of plants that can be dried for use in loose-leaf teas (roman chamomile, mints, lemon balm, lemon verbena, anise hyssop, etc) would make for a good use of space and a profitable/marketable product as there are no local tea sources currently in my area. The other venture I foresee as being potentially viable is a goat milk/cheese operation. I already have several dairy goats for personal consumption and when we've had excess milk/cheese in the past, we've never had trouble finding a home for it. This potential venture appeals to me because it would bring quick, consistent returns and there is little competition for this market in my area.