I was recently told by one listener that PDCs seem like a pyramid scheme, he basically stated, that everyone thinks they are going to take one and then teach them to others and so on. I don’t know where that person got this idea from? I have never sold a PDC on such an idea and I know of no one who has ever done so, ever.
Anyway he wanted to know also if I thought you could actually make a living on less than 1000 acres. I find this laughable in some ways. I mean Luke Calahan was making 2,000 a week selling micro greens, grown in his basement. Jean-Martin Fortier established a micro farm in Canada on permaculture principles, he not only earns a living with it but employees several people. Curtis Stone makes a great living SPIN farming about two acres and doesn’t even own the land, he uses small plots in other peoples back yards.
Michael Jordan makes a good income from just bees. Stefan Sobkowiak has an orchard based business of only about 20 acres and it is rapidly becoming a very successful venture. Just 35 minutes to my north is a small orchard likely you never heard of Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard. They make a living the natural way, they don’t call it permaculture but looking at they way they do things that is what it is.
Notice you don’t see me dropping names like Sepp Holzer and Joel Salatin above. I will acknowledge that these two guys have become so famous they likely make more from books than farming, but you know what, they both did it with farming first.
Today I Will Discuss Building a Permaculture Business with You
- First it isn’t if you can do it, it is how you must do it
- Focus on something that is a core product or service
- Develop a market as local as possible
- Don’t try to do too many things too fast
- Be honest with yourself about time and money
- Some ways you can make a decent living with Permaculture
- Nursery – Plant Propagation
- Pick Your Own Orchards
- Micro Greens
- Eggs – You have to be smart about it
- Acting as a Sales Aggregator
- Developing a “retreat/vacation” style property
- Design (small to large)
- Teaching (focus on the local)
- Edutainment (Podcasting)
- Understand Reality
- Everything will cost more and take longer than you will estimate
- You will fail before you succeed
- It is damn hard, then it becomes simply hard work
- It helps to have help
- Go big or go small, but go something
- Four things you must be, to be a success
- Marketable – Your Story
- Referable – Your Story Retold
- Repeatable – Customers Return for More
- Adaptable – Develop What Your Market Craves
- There is no guarantee of success if you try, but there is a guarantee of failure if you don’t
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