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Permaculture Basics 3 for zone one garden, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 24

Permaculture Basics 3 for zone one garden, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 24

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Going through the though processes for basic permaculture design for a Zone one garden. Design is a powerful way to have a happy living space that works for you and not just works you. Plus let’s not make this concept complicated. Permaculture does not need to seem like a you need a masters degree or you have to hire a …expert. What makes permaculture different is that you need to be creative and open minded like an artist and logical like Spock from Star trek.

Permaculture basics zone one, why? Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 21

Permaculture basics zone one, why? Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 21

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This is a part two of understanding permaculture in a way that you can see that you can do it and have the advantages of permaculture. The zones in permaculture is a simple format to get a person to think about what they need and where to put plants and structures in a manner that designs the way we as humans will have food, herbs and animals. The main purpose of a design is to allow the land user to take full advantage of their environment.

Making a high income on Farm, why most don’t! Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 11

Making a high income on Farm, why most don’t! Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 11

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How to make a high income from farm and market garden. Can you make a lot of money with a permaculture system? This depends on you and how you look at generating income, marketing and if you understand how to stack incomes from same farming activity. Now if you are not that creative and want to make a lot of money from a standard but scaled down large farm, you will struggle. Large farms are in the commodity business model, because they increase income from scaling up, not stacking up income with creativity and out of the box thinking.
I use the chicken egg operation as an example. The idea is simple. The standard egg seller can find ways to cut feed and labor cost. This is about it. A creative egg seller builds many income stream from the same activity of having the layer chickens on the farm.
Please keep in mind and to fully get a grasp on this one simple but hard for some to get point, income is income to the farmer. Egg money is not real money and eBook money is not fake money. Money is money, it is self defeating to try and separate income from an activity and say some counts and some does not because one is traditional farm income and another is not. The more creative a farmer and business owner is, the more potential the business owner and farm or garden can generate.

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

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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.

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

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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 Farm and Garden podcast 1, Is permaculture just a socialist chick flick movie, the trailer yes, movie NO!

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Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 1, Is permaculture just socialist a chick flick movie, the trailer yes, movie NO!

 

This week we are asking a few questions about permaculture. What is real permaculture? What is the main style of marketing of permaculture today? Does this matter for regenerative farming and gardening as far as building up our design and living with nature believers. It seems like permaculture from the outside looking in, is like a movie trailer. What is the trailer saying about permaculture, can it better? is the marketing or movie trailer of permaculture building the ranks or regenerative permaculture or turning folks off. I say for the most part, if your a type R gene set, hyper liberalism is the best face to place on permaculture. If you like me as a type K gene set, this hyper liberalism is a turn off, just like President Trump is to the hyper liberal. This issue of mystical aggressive liberalism, except for the coasts and a few big cities is a loser with marketing permaculture, trying to sell over the top activism to most people is a epic fail.
This podcast may seem over the top to a lot of permaculture people, I truly understand this. The reason I am starting this podcast with such a topic is to explain who I am marketing permaculture too, and is not a very liberal social justice warrior. This podcast, I hope will explain this in detail. If you are offended by this podcast, The Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast may not be for you. Permaculture is or should be uplifting, not a negative experience. So don’t listen if this podcast if it gives you hart burn. You have plenty of other material out there to enjoy.
I am not attacking anyone, or the very far left. I want everyone to be in permaculture or some ecological movement. The difference with us, is that we are not going to spend one second trying to talk or think like a social warrior. This would be dishonest for us and I don’t see how one person being dishonest with another person being in line with…..people care.

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This is a introduction to the Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast. My name is Clint Locklear. I thought I would introduce myself and what this podcast will and will not be about. As you will see, we will focus on design, growing, ecological permaculture systems, building soil with regenerative practices and building revenue streams. Besides to growing and design topics, I just wanted to explain that the tone and language might be different than you may be used too on a lot of permaculture or sustainable podcast. You see I am not a feeling based liberal, so I don’t talk or think like one. I do a lot of hippie farming, but am a full blown unapologetic volunteerist and love real freedom based capitalism.
My goal is to have a podcast for the folks out there that do not like the extreme liberal slant that is added to every aspect of permaculture. So you will notice that we do not play the virtue signaling, politically correct perma police game. I plan on spending a lot of time to help others build a personal business within permaculture and regenerative agriculture. I think permaculture is a action verb, not a noun. So we will be, get off your butt and make something happen mood, in the real world that we live in today. Simple is always the best design and proactive thinking is always better than complaining or seeing the world in a victim mentality. So if you are liberal, please understand I do not hate you or am I attacking you. You keep rocking on doing what you think is right and I will do the same. Regardless if you full blown socialist or communist, we both can promote permaculture is our own ways to our own kind of people. No matter what our politics are, lets both put permaculture into practice and turn the world permaculture!

 

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Harvest Grocery teams up with The Farmer’s grove to help feed those that can use some top quality beyond Organic food

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Some of our free range chicken eating and doing what chickens want to do by turning scraps from Harvest Grocery into compost. Instead of using machines to turn our compost, the chickens do this for us and they love it!

Harvest Grocery store in Chattanooga Tennessee teams up with us at The Farmer’s Grove to to expand our practice of sharing 20% of our production of free range eggs, fruits and vegetables to those that could really use a helping hand. On our permaculture farm, we grow some of the best tasting and nutrient dense food possible. We can grow such quality only from live, healthy and happy soil. One of the techniques we use to have such a healthy soil is by using compost, but not just any compost. We need high quality ingredients to build a high quality compost. This is where Harvest Grocery comes in, they already have high quality food in their store. Since they have quality on their shelves, any waste they produce is high quality to begin with. So the waste from Harvest Grocery will be awesome inside a soil building compost.

I proposed to Harvest Grocery that if I could pick up there quality organic mater, I could build more compost, to build more healthy soil for more production and productivity on our permaculture farm. More production means we can give away more top shelf food to those that could really use it. How cool is that! By partnering with another local business, together we can feed folks in need in our local community with great tasting, high nutrient food. I don’t know about you, but if I needed some help I would much rather have the same food as a expensive restaurant serves, and not only cans of food that the original owners did not want to eat themselves. Since we are a permaculture farm, we follow the ethics of permaculture. One ethic is people care. Gladly giving away 20 percent of our production meets this ethical way of farming in the highest form.

Growing food and lush permaculture gardens in the front yard, why not?

Last weekend I was part of a family trip to an Amish farmers market in east Tennessee. Had a good time, even picked up some black raspberry plants to add to my growing berry collection. Part of permaculture is observing, and I personally enjoy looking, thinking, wondering and trying to connect the dots.

Clints permaculture gardenThis Amish community looked to be a step above a lot of other Amish communities I have seen over the years. Step up, may not be right, but it was set up very different than any I have seen. The community had a road that took the customers winding through the community. Sure they had the horse draw plows in the fields and the big cool barns. The crops looked great and no power lines were to be found. The difference was the family plots where smaller and way more diverse. This was not the normal big corn look, it had more of a home stead feel. It was not classic permaculture, but not far off. The plants and trees were planted with an ease to harvest for each home. The homes all had chickens, fruit tree orchards, vegetable gardens and grapes for home use. Some had family green house, some had a lot of green houses. To be blunt, they had it going on and it gave one a calming feeling just to be driving through there community. It was high on the coolness scale and the customers were pointing, smiling, gushing with joy as they drove by each plot.

From my observation, comes confusion.

People seem to enjoy almost love seeing a productive nice looking properties. People flock to see great landscaping, gush over locally grown food, watch shows on TV about landscaping and talk about one day having a garden or living on a little farm in the country. The reality is very different. They live, maintain and work in sterol yards. The have mostly unproductive grass that they slave over. Yards look like they come from a drab factory that looks the same mile after mile. This is very confusing to me.

How can this be, they go on vacations to see beauty and then return home to boring. What is more strange to me is how so many will think it is strange for a yard like mine that is diverse, blooming with color and food. They pay money to see great diversity outside of their everyday life. Then almost fight to keep boring in their own yard. The disconnect is between seeing beauty somewhere else, but it is not for everyday enjoyment.

To be honest, people as a whole confuse me greatly. I’m sure some are confused by me,so everything is equal. I guess. People are individuals, but are very tribal and group acting at the same time. Most people take pride in being an individual, then fall in line with the heard and the normal group society thinking like they are brainwashed and can’t help it. People are people, everyone is different in some way. What I can’t understand is why so many people seem to love a productive lush landscape and own such a boring one the see every day.