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Paw paw Trees and creative food forest on the cheap, Regenerative Permaculture Farm & Garden Podcast 18

Paw paw Trees and creative food forest on the cheap, Regenerative Permaculture Farm & Garden Podcast 18

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Paw Paw trees are are a great regenerative and permaculture tree for many reasons. It can feed you, makes great beer and ice cream, plus it can be a farm and garden income. We look at starting them from seeds, propagation, grafting and how many paw paw trees per acre you can plant. we talk about the standard orchard layout and a more diverse way to set up the fruit farm or food forest. we cover a lot of ground on the paw paw from places that sell them and what you need to keep in mind.

Then we look at a way to use and buy property to get a jump start on a established food forest or a fruit farm income stream. Not only can you learn to look at trees on a property for yourself, but a way to make income from this strategy. farming skills and grafting tree skills can produce income for the person that looks at his or her business in a different way.

Farmer composts 14 million dollars to build soil, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 17

Farmer composts 14 million dollars to build soil, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 17

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I was just on a farm that was going to bush hog millions of dollars into mulch. I’m not making this up, true story. Besides what money/value being bush hogged they are also spraying a few more million dollars of real world value with round up.

We also look at designing a tree nursery that is ethical, low energy, high cash flow, no planting cost and ends inventory issues.

If your need money to buy a farm, change how you see money, resources and value. In today’s world there are a lot of want to be farmers that THINK they can’t afford farm ground, tools and plants. The reason that future young farmers have such a hard time is that they want someone to give them something for nothing or that wealth only comes from a pay check. Money is all around each of us, most folks just don’t see it. If they don’t see it, they have to trade labor and time for money. This approach is common, but not as productive to build wealth as understanding value. Once you see the value all around you, YOU have to do the work.

Muscadines in permaculture, how to store bare root plants, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 16

Muscadines in permaculture, how to store bare root plants, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 16

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Muscadines are a amazing permaculture plant for those in the south. No bug issues, no need for chemicals and they taste awesome. We look at the roots of the muscadine and how to design our permaculture to fit this very cool vine plant that takes advantage of vertical space. There is no reason to build grape vines, we can find holes in our personal systems to add a productive vine plant like muscadine, grapes and Kiwi’s. Plus we talk about bare root plants that come in the mail or directly from a nursery, how to heel them in. How to handle these bare root plants that can not go right into the ground. So basically how to keep bare roots alive before they are planted.

Fertility garden farm beds part 2, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 15

Fertility garden farm beds part 2, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 15

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Getting more in the weeds on fertility beds for gardens and farms. A interesting method for regenerative farming by permaculture design. Fertility beds can be used on annual and perennial plants. They can be used for tree systems. Fertility beds can use water from roofs, hoop houses, roads, side walks, trails and grey water systems. They can be straight, circles, circles with islands, shapes, flowing curved beds. You can plant in the beds. You can grow grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. You can wrap fertility beds around and through tree systems. Sounds like bad joke about shrimp and Forrest Gump. Give them a try and see if they work for you in your garden or on your farm.

How to make a over 10,000 % profit on sweet corn, open your mind to build wealth! Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 14

How to make a over 10,000 % profit on sweet corn, open your mind to build wealth! Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 14

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There is no reason for you to be poor or struggle with income as a grower in permaculture, farming, regenerative work or any natural farming. NONE, NONE, NONE! Income can be hard or not as hard. The difference is in the mind of the grower, not the market or the society. I’m not exaggerating on the 10,000 percent gain in wealth from sweet corn, it is over 30,000%. IT IS NOT THAT HARD! IT IS NOT COMPLICATED! but, oh yes, there is a but. You have to change the way you see things. Not how to save more, not trying to cut cost, not trying to scale or sell more produce. You have to change the way you see the value in any plant, product or service. Change your perspective and change your income.

Banana Circle or Fertility Beds for cooler climate zones, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 13

Banana Circle or Fertility Beds for cooler climate zones, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 13

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Are Banana circles good for cool temperate climates? Banana circles are more for tropical climates for growing bananas. The reason this method works so well for the bananas is that the organic material pit meets the needs of the banana trees and the landowner at the same time. So as not to confuse anyone about the banana or the circle, we will call these pits and ditches fertility beds. Part of the reason I’m calling this method fertility beds is that the designer can design this technique is a endless shapes to meet the integrity of the design.
With the fertility beds or banana circles can be used to grow tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, corn, grains, herbs, comfrey, fruit bushes, certain trees and nursery stock. These fertility beds do a couple of things in a powerful way. They hold moister and can feed plants with high nitrogen and high fertility. For the right plants, these two functions will produce a vigorous healthy plant. For the farmer or gardener, it also makes the process easy to feed and water plants. Are the fertility beds the end all to gardening and farming technique to save the world, NO, it should be looked at like a instrument in an orchestra. The sound of the orchestra is the permaculture design and fertility beds is like violin or harp in the orchestra. The fertility beds just need to be in tune with the complex music.

Tree propagation for Permaculture, how and why, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 12

Tree propagation for Permaculture, how and why, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 12

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Permaculture is design, but the design need physical aspects to become more than imagination. Trees are a major part of a lot of permaculture and regenerative farms and organic food garden systems. Have you priced quality trees lately, the price might give anyone sticker shock when buying a  volume of trees. Lets face it, too plant what we can see on some videos of permaculture and regenerative farms would bust the several hundred thousand mark and even over a million dollars in plants. That cost will make most of us weak in the knees. First off, most systems are not planted at one time, but over several years. The real money to build a real system if you buy all your plants can be over whelming.

So why grow your own trees, you can save money, extend your systems, build more diversity with in your system, and make some of that evil money we all hear about. These are practical reasons to grow your own trees. We cover several reasons you should have your own permaculture or regenerative farm or back yard tree nursery. As you will see, propagating your own trees is not complicated, no degree is needed. Folks have been propagating trees for thousands of years. No Google, internet or college degree was needed for them. You can do this. You can reap the rewards of growing trees as your system also reaps the rewards from you growing trees. Plus, propagating trees is just plain cool and fun!

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.

Plan your Kitchen Garden to grow your local food smoothly, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 10

Plan your Kitchen Garden to grow your local food smoothly, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 10

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If you are going to grow a kitchen or family garden this year, do you have a schedule and a plan to make sure you are not working harder than you need to. How to grow your vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. Should you be? I say yes, you can grow a healthy plant and not a myth head chemically addicted plant like that will be found at most big box stores. If you grow your own plants, there is a lot of different elements to the time you pick the herb and vegetable. Plan for each step, design the garden from buying seeds to eating your own produce.

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

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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.