Angelica Harris wrote:I think that this is a really good idea. Where are you thinking of starting this community? I recently attended the Beyond Off Grid Summit, are you aware of Michael Bunker? Your idea makes me think a bit of how he lives now in his community in Texas, and it works well for them! So I don't see why it wouldn't somewhere else.
Dan Grubbs wrote:Here are some random thoughts. Certainly not complete and not vetted.
Q2 – Assuming you mean aside from farming, specialized skills in one person is not a good idea because they can’t carry their weight in the community or earn a living from a small community. The rise of specialized services comes about more organically as need arises or economic opportunity arises. You won’t need a miller unless there is a need, but how much need will it take for a miller to be able to make a living? When I look at the early communities as Americans migrated west, there was need for supplies (mercantile) and fabrication/repair of needed farming equipment (farrier/blacksmith). But, those initial village communities didn’t start with those. They grew organically as the scale of need grew. If you’re going to farm with draft animals, then someone with farrier skills will be needed. I’d actually start with ensuring one specialization needed from the start is a very good designer to ensure that the landscape itself was planned and maintained properly. However, many of these specialties can be maintained by the farmers themselves and not require a specialist until there is such scale as to make it lucrative for the specialist.
Dan Grubbs wrote:Trees -
Be sure to contact your state nursery to find out what kind of retail/wholesale they may offer. Our nursery here in Missouri does a great job and offers bare root trees (saplings) at a very affordable rate. When I ordered in bulk, I got my per-tree cost down to about $0.80. For more options, I also recommend talking to Akiva at Twisted Tree Farm ( http://www.twisted-tree.net/ ). Akiva has a great set up and he is starting trees and harvesting seed in the same kind of context most of us are going to plant them in.