William Horvath wrote:Hey guys, I just started a blog and I've made an effort to write about what I think are some burning issues.
One of them is a lack of models people could follow when it comes to successfully running a profitable permaculture farm.
Here is the link http://permacultureapprentice.com/successful-permaculture-farms/
Let me know what you think.
John Wolfram wrote:Interesting stuff there with generally 1/3 to 2/3rds of their incomes coming from consultations or media products, and the rest coming from food products. With media products being such an important aspect to profitable farms that makes me wonder just how big the market is for those types of media products. The market for food products is huge and it seems that the number of small scale farms could increase by a factor of 100 without too much increase in competition between the farms, but if there were three times as many people selling permaculture related media products that might seriously cut into the existing farms' sales.
Peter Ellis wrote:Multiple income streams are good. Building on experience and leveraging it into more opportunities is great. From my perspective, I am interested in seeing people doing permaculture horticulture (I kind of agree with Toby that agriculture does not fit with permaculture) as their primary operation. Not "demonstration sites", just working farms that apply permaculture and make a living at it. From their farm operation, not from consulting fees or teaching courses, or writing books and so on.
Rebecca Norman wrote:I think some people who have successful permaculture farms aren't spending time online, or publicising themselves or giving lessons so we haven't heard of them. For example, I've been enjoying the waldeneffect.org blog recently, by a couple who seem to be living a good homesteading life supplemented by selling a product they devised, and writing an informative blog with great photos. I guess their internet service is much better than their road, electric or water services.