What advice would you give people who are just sort of starting off in the land, or wanting to start, how would you? Well, the first thing I’d advice them is, don’t get too far in debt because debt is enslavement So do things that take time and not money And use your creativity to do for yourself And shepherd your little nest egg, whatever it is And let that economically be as slow as possible And the next thing I would say is Obviously this assumes you are getting in touch with the land One of the permaculture concepts is don’t do anything for a year until you’ve walked it, seen it, see where the water goes see where the frost pockets are see where the dry spots are, those kinds of things let the land speak to you And then start with something you like what do you like to eat? what do you like to do? what fascinates you? what stokes your boiler? And then start with that and try to do enough extra that you can sell some of it In other words, try to start some income a little bit of income and cash flow If you shepherded your nest egg, and you started with something you really like then, hopefully, that will drive your cash flow, and gradually your cash flow will catch up to your nest egg before it runs out that’s the idea It’s really about making sure you don’t chew through any of that nest egg Don’t chew through the nest egg and of course Get in touch with your neighbors Involve yourself in the community, that’s where you make connections who owns what machine that you might want to use who does monthly trips to town who might want to take product to costumers when they are going to town anyway Nathan, the guy who does the herd share dairy the young farmer that you met this week he just found a guy that works as a janitor at a highschool in Charlottesville which is 30 miles away, where he has 2 of his milk drops for his herd share members And so he is paying this guy just like 20 bucks to take an extra 10 minutes and drop the milk in these 2 buying club locations when he goes to work everyday and it just bought him a whole day a week of labor of not having to run over there and back it’s about connections amongst members of the community rather than having these grand visions and grand plans upfront and then blowing everything in one big mistake And I think too, just not trying to plan too far ahead Honestly, we can try to plan too far ahead and overrun our learning curve the learning curve is steep, so don’t plan very far ahead plan a year or two, and just realize that you are going to learn so much in the next two years, that whatever you think it’s going to be in the next three years it’s probably going to be obsolete by the time you get there That goes back to what you’ve been saying about the low cost flexible infrastructure and not encumbering yourself with either debt or large volumes of inflexible infraestructure that are likely to just bulk you down It can be hard because when you are starting you are so worried about your future that you feel like you have to back one plan you’ve got to throw everything into this thing and get the turnover to support you in the last dollar you become accustomed to yeah, or make it perfect I sense your desire to make things perfect here but I would encourage you not to leave this sheep shed too soon It’s a nice space, it’s here, it’s very acceptable very functional, and nobody is complaining about it it works great, you’ve got toilets here, … Generally I would say, don’t move from something until you get shoved out of it for some reason whether it’s not big enough, it’s not functional enough the roof caves in, people don’t like it until you are shoved out of it, don’t bite off another project to chew on until you actually get shoved out of what’s functioning already Teresa and I never had Our only plan was, we just want to be full time farmers That was our only plan We didn’t have plans to write books, to speak at conferences, to rent farms, none of this stuff So we just put our noses to the grindstone, and we only ate what we grew We wanted to feed ourselves We always said, if we knew how to grow toilet paper and kleenex we could pull the plug on society We had our own fuel We had all our own food We didn’t have to go anywhere for entertainment cause we loved what we did we drove a 50 dollar car we didn’t buy machinery instead we really focused on our own carbon resource at that time you didn’t hear about manure tea but one of the reasons we didn’t soil sample was because we knew, if we soil sample and it said, you need a thousand pounds of phosphate per acre we couldn’t afford it anyway so no sense in wasting the time to soil sample with that time to soil sample, we might as well go direct market three more beeves and make an extra 300 dollars a beeve than we would selling them at the sale barn do you know what I am saying? worry about the things that you’ve got control over subtitiles by www.blogdisidente.com