Last week I did Episode 1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead and it seemed to be a pretty big hit. Today’s show continues on that theme. The reason I bring this up is 1379 has some business components that apply here and I will not be rehashing many of them, so to get the most from today’s show you may wish to listen to 1379 first if you have not already done so.
With 1379 fresh in my mind I was turned on to a book called, The Market Gardner by Jean-Martin Fortier. I am currently reading it but one thing that struck me was the constant need for bed prep, soil amendments, seed and plant starting, heavy irrigation, etc. And this is a book that promises to reduce work by “going small and focusing on intensive production and quality”. Frankly it still sounds like a ton of work to me.
My view is a perennial style system while taking longer to yield is a lot less ongoing work and requires a lot less ongoing expense and inputs. So today I am examining this concept in a live thought expirment. Many of the concepts you have seen developed at TSP came via this type of thinking and planning and many other ideas never made it though the tunnel to the other side.
Hence, today’s show is not a statement of what will work, or even well planned. It is just what I claim a thought experiment with a lot of work left to be done, but it is one I believe is highly valid and may in fact empower many homesteaders in the future to become profitable on small blocks of land ranging between 2-5 acres. Perhaps even less.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Why this approach
- What is the downside
- What are some of the biggest challenges
- How might you reduce establishment costs
- Establish a “beach head” with most planned varieties
- Propagate and expand over time
- Develop solid earthworks to reduce irrigation requirements
- Use irrigation trays like IrriPan to establish, then expand with reuse
- Thoughts on grafting including patented varieties
- Thoughts on staggering harvest with fruit tree varieties
- Apples (mid July to late Oct.)
- Plums (mid May to early Oct.)
- Cherry (early May to late June)
- Apricots and Crosses (early May to early July, and Aug.)
- Nectarines (late May to late Sept.)
- Peaches (early May to late Sept.)
- Pears (including Asian) (Late July to very early Nov.)
- Thoughts on staggering harvest with berry varieties
- Blueberries (May to July)
- Blackberries (June to August plus late crop primacanes)
- Raspberries (Mid June to July and Mid Aug. to Mid Oct.)
- Currants and Gooseberry (mid June to mid July)
- Strawberry (ever bearing and June bearing)
- Grapes (August – September)
- Wolfberry (Late June to first frost)
- Elderberry (July to August)
- Sea Berry (at least early Aug. to late Sept.)
- Some cool value adds and how to incorporate them
- Perennial herbs
- Squash (winter and summer)
- Dried berries
- Potentially reselling other local product in a cool way
- Final Thoughts – this is viable but the design is still far away
Resources for today’s show…
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- The Year 1383
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- Walking To Freedom
- TSP Gear
- Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day)
- Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day)
- The Permaculture Orchard
- The Market Gardener
- The Tal-Ya Irrigation Tray call IrriPan -in the US
- Dave Wilson Nursery
- Harvest Charts from Dave Wilson Nursery
- Article on Wolfberry
- Phoenix Tears Nursery (wolfberry source)
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