The Farmer’s Grove can be enjoyed in the winter by dehydrating oregano and other herbs

local organic herbs from farm

Sometimes we always have a surplus with our herbs. If you grow more herbs than you can eat or cook with fresh, don’t let them go to waste. What we do is pick the herbs and then dehydrate them in our dehydrator. You will be amazed at the super fresh flavor when you processes your own herbs from healthy plants. Sure herbs when picked right out of your yard tastes 10 times better than old stale herbs you buy at the store. The same is true if you dehydrate your own herbs. You know the source and the quality, because of the higher oil content that will be clear when you cook with your high quality ingredients. This higher oil content equals more flavor. Commercial large scale herb farms use a pile of synthetic inputs that grow a large plant. What these chemicals can’t do is supply the herbs with the micro nutrients that give the herbs a explosion of flavor in your food or teas.

Farm and Garden income flash 4, Build Chicken and Duck houses for high profit and cash flow

Farm and Garden income flash 4, Build Chicken and Duck houses for high profit and cash flow with permaculture design for home owners


This may seem like a off the wall income idea, but not if you keep a few things in mind. Don’t forget how important cash flow is on a farm. Cash flow will be high on the sucky scale early in the spring and winter. So your job is to figure out a form of income before the produce and fruit is ready for the market.Cash flow is king and the life blood of a business.

Most new backyard chickens owners will get their chickens in the early spring when they see them in farm stores. Once they decide they want to get some girls, they will realize they need a chicken house. The same goes for ducks and duck houses. So they see the dinky ugly cheap chicken mass marketing houses. They will want better, so fill this void.

A nice, cute well designed custom chicken or duck house will bring $500 to $2,500. This may seem high to you and you might never spend that kind of money on a chicken house, you are NOT your customer. Don’t confuse you or your friends with the market. The nicer and more creative you are in building a chicken or duck house, the more you can charge for it.

Let’s say you are building and selling a $1,000 chicken house and your cost is about $500.00. You could build one or two houses a week and bring in an extra $500 to $1,000 an week when the farm or garden is slow and income is low. You will need to know your true coat to build the houses. Without this number, you are guessing on what you should be charging or if you need to adjust the supplies cost in some way. If you don’t know the true cost, how in the world would you know if this idea is worth you doing. Keep in mind this is an income stream. Saying that, I have talked to a couple of local folks that make a living from this. They stay so busy that the waiting list is weeks to months long. That shows the demand from backyard chicken and duck owners.

Diversity is death for a Permaculture Community, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 9

Diversity is death for a Permaculture Community, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 9


The purpose of a permaculture community? It seems to me that folks want to join a community to practice permaculture in peace and enjoy the benefits of like minded designers that can band together to share ideas and help each other out with labor. A community has many benefits than friends bathing in permaculture. It could really cut down on the resources each member needs to spend, if they decide to split the cost of tools and machines. This is a very cool way to cut down on the money each member needs to reach their goals. I could go on with all the benefits of one wanting to be in a community. If a community has so many benefits, why do most fall apart? Where is the utopia of permaculture in these communities? I don’t think permaculture is the issue, people are the problem. More than that, allowing diversity in a community is one of the major problem with a healthy long lived community. I will make the argument that diversity is death for a permaculture community.
Keep in mind, I reject the idea that skin color or place of birth has anything to do with diversity or lack of it.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 8, part 2 on food forest implementation

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 8, part 2 on food forest implementation


This is part 2 or a podcast that is trying to explain a few simple way to start  a food forest from scratch. This can be overwhelming to start a food forest from nothing.  I hope I can give a few ways to make the process of building a food forest a from the big picture to reality.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 7, Food Forest, Forest Garden and Silvo pasture implementation

Food Forest, Forest Garden and Silvo pasture implementation in a simple way as not to overwhelm a new person in permaculture with information overload.


permaculture and regenerative farming information is great at getting an person excited about the big picture of building these systems. So a person is fired up with the big picture, but can freak out when it comes time to break ground on a new system from scratch. Big ideas are awesome and fun, but implementation of the system is a different game than thinking big. So we are going to look at the permaculture food forest and lay out a few different ways to get the system up and running without the panic or self questioning. regenerative permaculture should be a joy to practice, and this comes from having an implementation plan.

Regenerative Permaculture podcast, income flash 3, how to make 50% to 100% more money from your crops

Regenerative Permaculture podcast, income flash 3, how to make 50% to 100% more money from your crops by thinking with a box

regenerative permaculture podcast

We each have a choice as too how we market our produce, crops and herbs. Everyone has a equal ability to make more or less for or labor and products. There is the simple standard way one could sale a tomato. It could be a road stand, farmers market, restaurants, or wholesale. Nothing is wrong to sell products this way, but is it the best way to maximize profits? It could be or you can get creative and make way more money by thinking inside of a box.

What can you sell a tomato for? This will vary from city to city and state to sate. Of course we have to think about retail and wholesale prices. Lets say you grow 1000 tomatoes for $4.00 each which is a gross of $4,000.00. For you to make $8,000.00 with this model, you must sell 2,000 tomatoes. That is a lot of extra physical work to go from 1,000 to 2,000 tomatoes. What if you could grow 1,000 tomatoes and make the $8,000.00. this is hard to do if you look at your business in a standard small grower fashion. There are many ways to do this by giving your customers more value and they will be willing and happy for you to charge them more for your tomatoes. Lets look at one way, shall we.

Market too foodies, this is not a per pound market or a dollar per calorie market. A foodie looks at food as a journey and exploration of sensation. This is a major market, that we the producers are making this market work too hard to meet their needs.

So here is the plan, but not THE plan. Plug and play plans never work out the best.

There are thousands of tomatoes out there. Most are heirloom. What if you marketed a foodie heirloom tomato variety experience. This could be a by-weekly or weekly journey for the foodie to look forward too. You would need to the limit the subscription number to meet what you can realistic service. Lets say each week the foodie gets 3-6 heirloom tomatoes shipped to them or can be picked up if local. This offering will never be the same tomatoes, each one has a history and a story that you will supply. This story will give the tomatoes more value and is easy to get with a simple internet search and printed off.

What kind of income our we talking about. Around here, wholesale tomatoes go for around $2-$3 a pound during the height of the summer months. So these are the number we will use, but every local economy is different on prices. so we will market our subscription for $6.00 per pound. This will double the income per pound of tomatoes. It gets interesting when you figure up a number of subscriptions for a gross income.

For a bi-monthly subscription over four months equals 8 offerings at $24.00 plus shipping. 50 subscriptions equals $9,600. 100 subscriptions equals $19,200 and 200 subscriptions equals $38,400.

For a weekly experience, 50 subscriptions equals $19,200. 100 subscriptions equals $38,400. 200 subscriptions equals $76,800.

This does not include any added value sales, but strictly for the subscription price.

You may or may not have a extra added value in the subscription, but it could be like this. They get to pick their 4 tomato varieties they like the best and would like to grow. You will send them the seeds for free, they pay the shipping. These will cost you nothing, because you will save the seeds yourself from your tomatoes. Or better yet, they have the opportunity to buy the plants from you, because they will not find them locally. You will require that the customer order their plants by Christmas, so you know how many and what kinds of tomatoes you need to grow. This will make the income value of the  individual customer be higher to you, over if they just bought the tomatoes. The total amount of money one customer spends will be higher and it is easy to sell to happy customers. It cost more money and time to gain a new customer.  This is a very important aspect of maximizing profits.

Please keep in mind, this does not need to be you whole business, it is just a income stream of the business. Plus nothing says you cant offer this same concept for other, produce, herbs or fruit. The only limiting factors is your creativity and energy level.  The better you market this to foodies, the more subscriptions you will sale. If you suck at marketing and are lazy or un-inspiring with your marketing, you will struggle with this concept. You can learn to market and paint a riveting story with your videos and content.

An owl was making sure I planted asparagus the right way on a foggy morning

owl on permaculture regenerative farm

Meet one of the field supervisors at The Farmer’s Grove. This little guy watched me plant asparagus one crazy cool foggy morning. One of the joys of working with nature on our farm is seeing all the wildlife that likes to hang out and see what we are up too. The owl looked to be interested in what I was up too and after about 30 minutes, he just seemed to vanish. #farmersjoy

Regenerative permaculture podcast, farm and garden income flash 2, build long term income by design

Regenerative permaculture podcast, farm and garden income flash 2, build long term income by design


Long term income from actions of today for future income takes a plan or as we may say in permaculture, design. So if you want to build income streams, you must plan, design and more importantly, make it happen. Great ideas have the real world value of zero. Only when that idea is acted on, does it have a chance. Only really when the idea is on the market and customers trade their income for your product or service does your great idea have real value in the real world.
On this podcast, we look at a simple way to set in place future income streams by doing what you are already doing any way. There is always a income stream to be had to the creative permacultureist in their farm or garden. What makes this concept really cool is that you can do it every year or even more than once a year for future income.
Let’s have a reality check here! If you put in the work and do a really nice and entertaining job at this concept, you can make so money. If you do an uninspiring job and half ass the work, don’t get upset when you can’t get any traction. The market can be brutal, and it should be. This is the only way for products and services to become better over time and not stale.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 6, part 3 crock pot permaculture, the real design that matters

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 6, part 3 crock pot permaculture, the real design that matters


Part 3 of a permaculture design idea, designing permaculture like a crock pot. Design slow, low, steady and build complexity over time.
Tonight we look at a missed part of permaculture design. We are good at the big picture of design. But the stage of design that happens after the master plan to a mature system is not talked about very much. Design on paper is a fantasy, because it is not more than an idea. Implementation of a regenerative or permaculture design from paper to
a living system is just left out of the conversation normally in permaculture. Since there is no permaculture fairy that will sprinkle permaculture dust on a raw piece of ground and the living ecological system just happens.

Part of a great design has to also have a implementation design plan, goals or schedule, what ever you want to call it. Without this, a system will not have a lot of flow in the nurturing of a infant system. Without a real plan of the implementation design, the fun building of a system will turn into chaos and stress.