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.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden 5, part 2 crock pot permaculture design, honesty is key

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden 5, part 2 crock pot permaculture design, honesty is key


This is the second part of a thought I have had about permaculture design. Not saying this way of design is the …right way or the…best way, but crock pot design may allow you too end up with the perfect design for you system and for you.

Why do you want a permaculture or regenerative farm and garden system. What exactly is the purpose of your reason to want a system? You HAVE to know exactly, clearly and define what you are designing for. This is not the place for good vibes and warm feelings. Plus to have to give yourself permission to be honest with ourselves.

Crock Pot Permaculture is designing slow and steady and bring in complexity over time, not forced in a weekend.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 4, crock pot permaculture design, slow, steady, simple to complex

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 4, crock pot permaculture design, slow, steady, simple to complex.


An Idea to chew on, designing a permaculture system or a regenerative system with complexity designed in it from the beginning of the design, complexity could be or may be forced. If forced, then the design might has issues down the road when it is in reality of the environment  and off the paper.

Regenerative permaculture design can be in an all out design assault in a day, week or a month.As designers, we can look at maps, sun angles, soil types, shape of the land, energy flows and resources available. Have a walk around the property and have a talk about what you or what the client wants. Then sit down and design to system in a few days to a few weeks.

Maybe, just maybe  the design can be looked at like a crock pot, it will have a better chance to reach its true potential. A crock pot, takes simple ingredients, cooks slow and steady and the complexity builds over time in flavor. I think design can also be like a good personal relationship, it gets better over time because each in the relationship learns each other more deeply and can read and understand each other better. I’m just not sure how a design that is made into master plan from a short time relationship and time period with the land can see all the opportunity that will expose itself over time.

I’m not saying one way of design is better than the other, just thinking out loud and what I see from my own permaculture journey.

Two year old permaculture system at The Farmer’s grove on slope

permaculture farm on slope

Only two seasons from a abused horse pasture too what you see in the photo. This is what a permaculture system can look like in very short order, even on a slope. We designed this system to work with nature to start an living ecology. As you can see with this part farm, it is a tree system that will produce some amazing fruit in the near future. We are building soil with rotations of cover crops year round. We also follow the pattern of nature by having maximum edge effect for great diversity of plant, animal life and using maximum solar gain. We have also stopped the devastating effects of erosion on a farmed slope by using very old technology as simple as placement of logs and rocks too digging micro swales that will slow and sink the water and nutrients into the slope.

Regenerative Permaculture Creative income Flash 1, Chickens stop cars and ask for food or bio mass for farmer or gardener.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and garden Creative income Flash 1, Chickens stop cars and ask for food or bio mass for farmer or gardener.

farm income free feed

One of many creative ways to bring income, savings, materials, bio mass or value to your farm or garden from seeing income and marketing from a creatives view point.

A mom is going to pick up her children at the local school. On the way she see’s a trailer, with wood sides on the side of the road. This is not why she perked up. She see’s a 4 foot x 4 foot clear, bright sharp photo of some feeding chicken and one cute chicken looking right at her at she drive close. Then she sees the text. Me and my sisters would love to eat your old pumpkins at our Sunday Tea party. The mom almost has to smile as she thinks about the pumpkins that are sitting on her steps that are past due for Halloween or Thanksgivings decorations. So the next time she drives this way, she stops at the trailer to drop off 5 big pumpkins that where in her way. As she steps out of the car and brings over the first pumpkin, she is telling the chickens, she hope they enjoy the pumpkins at their Sunday tea party. This is where she sees a smaller sign that explains where the pumpkins are going,…your farm or garden. She learns of someone that is using the pumpkins instead of letting this great resource end up rotten in a dump. She also learns about…your farm or garden…and what are the different ways you will use the gift she is sharing with in her own community. Some will will be treats for the chickens, cows or pigs. Some will be composted to build the best soil so ….your farm or garden can supply the highest quality nutrient dense food for your local families. The mom, smiles again, she now sees how her simple action today, it for a good cause and for her community. The she pulls out her smart phone to take a photo of the sign to share this local farm or garden to her social media and maybe the local paper. She also takes the pic, because she wants to know more about this local family farm or garden that wants to do the right thing. She is thinking, this is the type of farm I would want to buy from and check out.

We each as a gardener or farmer can find creative ways to add value, resources and even income. This concept came to me from a phone call from a lady in town that knew that I composed. She told me I was welcome to her pumpkins that are no longer wanted after Thanksgiving, because they where for decoration.

What farm would not want great organic matter for composting or for free animal feed. I’m sure if you think about this, you kind find ways to use products like this in your own system.

How you approach this will be key. You don’t have to use my sign idea. You can come up with a better way I’m sure. But you need to figure out how to grab someones attention, make them smile and want to be part of the recycling program you are setting up. What you DO NOT want to do, is throw up a sloppy hand painted sign or say something to shame them into working with you. This, as in all marketing needs to be for the customers, not an environmental  agenda or some kind of manipulation.

The advantage is several fold. One, you receive some great organic material. Two, you give your local community a way to start working with a farm or garden. Three, great advertising that is really cheap to you, but can lead to some interesting places on social media. Four, not waste a resource. Five, cut feed cost. Six, build social capital in your local area. Seven, meet new folks. Eight, get some new customers.

12 foot Jerusalem Artichoke on The Farmer’s Grove, great food and biomass

permaculture farm in southeast

On The Farmer’s Grove we grow a lot of Jerusalem Artichokes for a couple of good reasons. Fist Jerusalem Artichokes are a great root crop that is a perennial. Not only does it expand itself without replanting every year in our regenerative system. They are good to eat and are ready to pick in the winter when a lot of other products are not available.

Another reason we love Jerusalem Artichokes is the biomass. They get big and have a hard but hollow steam that makes a great chop and drop plant. Just by the make up of the stalk, soil organism love the hollow stalks to build Bactria and fungal condominiums.

last but not least, by growing so much of this plant, we can have roots to sell or trade with other land owners, to get more of this amazing plant on more and more properties.

Cool season cover crops on The Farmer’s Grove, permaculture in Tennessee

 cover crops in tennessee


One of the way we build soil is with cool season cover crops. This year we have tillage radishes, winter oats, winter wheat, rye, purple vetch and crimson clovers. This was done in the natural farming principles from the great book, The One Straw Revolution. We did not spray and chemicals, add chemical fertilizer, plow or anything else that would hurt or soil life. This is important too us at The Farmer’s Grove because the more life that is in our soil, the more nutrient dense our crops, nuts and fruits are.

The Farmer’s Grove protecting Paw Paw trees with banana trees, permaculture design

tennessee permaculture

One of the ways we use permaculture design to support our Paw Paw trees on the farm. The banana trees are on the west side of the young paw paw trees.  This gives the under story paw paw trees a relief from the smoking hot summer sun. Then once frost comes to Tennessee, we chop and drop the banana trees to mulch and build soil around the paw paw trees.