are there alternatives to regular cars? an example would be more like say an electric car that is made by some non name brand or a name brand that could be like a hybrid between a scooter and a car. needs good fuel mileage and cheap. highway legal and not to expensive. if you know of such a thing let me know. please is you know of such a thing or not sure give examples and a name for such a vehicle. i seen once a small carriage car thingy that sounded like a go kart but not sure what it was.
should robots replace farm labor? like say each farmer grows food like staple crops or livestock in the countryside with robots while the urban places have worker cooperatives or small scale self employment to offset the bad effects of hiring farm workers and paying them dirt? hiring farm workers to pick tomatoes for just $10 an hour for example verses growing the tomatoes in an urban greenhouse worker cooperative and earn$15 to $20 an hour. it seems cooperatives are on the rise. i am trying to figure out what is the best way to have farmers both self employed and worker cooperatives while avoiding contract labor. i like the idea of self employed farming due to it being a lifestyle where you work by yourself on a piece of land that you own and live on whether rural or urban.
should farm size matter in who should grow what? for example if the bigger farms grew all the high profit crops that require little acreage to make good profit then would this mean that the 10 acre or smaller farms would be out of business? like should there be a regulatory body that says that if you own 100 or more acres than you should only be allowed to grow staple crops or do livestock while if you own smaller tracks of land than you grow the vegetables and fruits and other high cash crops? this way everyone stays in business? some bigger farms grow hay for example which requires lots of acreage.
i want to create a retail online store some time and do drop-shipping and eventually buy wholesale and have a warehouse. is there a way to make it egalitarian more where people get their fair share of income? all net profits will be invested into profitable community projects and the income is kept tracked of and when all the investments come back in it is all fairly divided into profit sharing for all the employees. i do not want to go cooperative because i want to remain in control because it will need to invest in another timberland forestry business as well. money grows on trees. i don't want to feel bad about paying workers crappy wages like 10 dollars an hour. if you know if esop companies can have a majority share owner and profit sharing and be able to invest into other companies? the workers will earn at least 15 minimum. ill start as self employed. last do you think its fair for a business owner to pay crap to workers while making millions?
i want opinions on this conservation idea. buy farm, timberland and other natural places. use the land to make profit. lease farmland for renewable energy development and put conservation easements on the farms but allow forestry, renewable energy like say 10% of the pasture is leased out for solar panels. the areas where wetlands are or used to be are restored and protected with easements along with the rest of the property. only organic farming will be allowed in the easement restrictions. timberland will be protected with a conservation easement that only allows sustainable forestry and recreation and a certain amount of cabin foot prints where a cabin is allowed to be built for a second home like that national forest summer homes program. its the american dream to own a cabin in the woods. all the land before the easements will be thoroughly looked at and restored. for example a 500 acre property is to big for one family to own so there should be two options here, allow it to be subdivided into smaller 100 acre farms or allow a 10 acre development zone where a cohousing community can be built in order to prevent land hording. for a while the land holding company would do farm lease to own, solar leases, wind leases, logging timber sales, grazing leases, cabin leases, home leases and any other eco friendly revenue generation like camping and other recreational use fees to make a huge amount of money. the more land owned and used the faster and faster land could be bought and preserved for these uses but prevent oil, gas and mining uses along with cookie cutter housing subdivisions. also look at ted turner who owns millions of acres that he preserves. even re acquire the severed mineral rights. what are your thoughts on this idea? should the cabin foot prints be sold off at the size of a quarter acre or included in the big timberland and leased to the cabin owner? the conservation easement will only allow a certain amount of cottages for second home use. should the timberland be owned by non profit community forest with a cabin lease program? also the smaller properties bought would permit a house or cabin to be built in the conservation easement before selling it to a land steward. should there be a restriction on these private lands that only allow a person that will actually work the land to be able to own it like they do with some protected farms excluding the vacation second homes? i got a great business plan and other business ideas that will allow me to build this machine. is there a such thing as a for profit land bank? land bank that holds, revitalizes and resells the land to a good steward? a community land trust is another idea but its not a nice feeling renting as opposed to owning the land outright. if you have any great ideas or suggestions to this let me know and also any business formations or ownership or other ideas for this let me know.
can an above ground cistern setup work in the winter without freezing? what do you think of this setup idea. all rainwater is collected through underground pipes and sent to a sump tank underground and then pumped up to an above ground cistern. this cistern will supply water for watering plants and toilet flushing and washing machine. how to make a big cistern not freeze without any electricity or other form of heating?
will robots replace farmers? will the corporations hog all farmland and use robots and that the family farm will die? what do you think will happen with all the displaced workers? robot tax? i wonder is the push for robots is due to the corporations trying to rid their problem of not wanting to pay for workers. some people love working hard.
what do you think is more practical. in an urban environment do you think biomass or heat pump for hydronic boiler heating is better? how do you heat a home if on vacation for a long time. should resistance heating be used for backup to a wood or pellet boiler? or set and forget with heat pump or electric heating. does a radiant hot water heating system require a smaller boiler due to not needing to heat the water as hot? boilers and solar thermal can not only heat but produce domestic hot water and run and absorption chiller for home cooling.
would you buy books from a social enterprise as opposed to amazon? the enterprise uses book sales and media products sales to generate money to buy forest timberland to preserve as working forests and to protect farms and create a conservation type fund that lends money out to good projects that help the environment and people. i want to create such a thing. got everything planned out business wise but will need funding. what crowdfunding reward ideas do you think would be great? i could offer people a yurt camping experience in 5 years after a donation through community supported recreation. how this works is people support my business, after the business gets up and breaks even all the net profits are saved up to buy a wooded acreage and the camp is then built and the backers get to camp out within 5 years. the example of the yurt rental business idea i have is from: http://www.frostmountainyurts.com/index.htm
i want to know what your opinion is on this and do you think a person should own 500 acres to themselves or share it with others with a small cohousing community? the population is growing and only so much land available. also what is a fair amount of acreage for people that want to live by themselves and farm like say 50 acres? 100 or more acres must be shared? wooded property could be be like 60 or 100 acres but shared through recreation business rentals say like yurt rentals that is run as a family business. when locking up a big property with a conservation easement there needs to be careful planning that should incorporate some of these ideas as to whether there should be more housing like say a cluster.
does organic valley cooperative only allow one type of milk cow or do they accept milk from any cow even the smallest pygmy milker? i am asking this because some people own small market farms while others own large farms and different cow sizes for different farm sizes. its good to have farmers pool under one brand name so they do not have to compete.
whats the best way to fund a business? i want to start a social and environmental enterprise but my crowdfunding campaign still has 0 dollars. maybe its to poorly setup. anyhow if you know of a great way to start a business with 0 interest loans let me know. kiva only offers up to $10,000 the non profit community lender. does anybody know a good business that offers good affordable packages and a quick explanation animated video that summarizes the purpose of the business?
national forest summer homes program vs private property? although i like the idea of people being allowed to own a cabin on national forest land i do not like that they have architecture and paint color restrictions. what do you think of this idea: buy a big timberland and along existing roads allow a tiny cabin footprint piece of land to be broken off for people to buy and build their vacation cabin with no restrictions by the surrounding timberland owner? this way the forest can be protected but with no restrictions as far as how you use or live your life unlike nat forest does not allow winter use. i once saw a 14,000 acre timberland that was protected and allowed 42 cabins to be built in the specific spots. how can we protect forests and at the same time allow people to own a cabin in the woods? the national forest has like 14,000 privately owned cabins on their land with special use permits.
i thought of a great idea. for rural farms they should be around 100 acres. the rural farms will be for livestock, dairy and staple crops. for vegetables and specialty crops they should be farmed urban and not rural since this way they can be grown on small plots or hydroponic shipping container farms and be grown by self employed individuals in their backyards and also some worker owned cooperative for people that can not have a container by where they live. i believe farming for the most part should be done by self employed people after all it is a lifestyle. i hate the idea of farming under a boss and having to commute to work when you can work where you live. self employed lifestyle choice. and there could be like a producer coop like organic valley or a food hub so all farmers work together and do not have to compete.
small 20 acre profitable dairy farm possible? can a farmer make over a hundred k is they run a dairy on 10 or 20 acres max? do you think farm sizes are to big like 100 acres since the land could be more broken into smaller tracks so more people could be farmers and no land hogging? another reason i like small farms is it is enough for the farmer or family both to manage the farm without hogging land where you have to hire workers at like minimum wage vs all the farmers and workers owning their own 10 acre farm as opposed to farmer owning 100 acres.
i noticed that lots of people are becoming farmers but will this mean the market will become over saturated with food that people can not make enough money to get by? also they have small scale farms like growing power that yield huge amounts of food from a few acres and they also use aquaponics. should the land each farmer gets be be small to where its just a self employment option and not 100 acres where farm crews are hired and getting paid minimum wage that could run there own farm and make 60k? i think 40 acres is enough and due to this small amount many can be farmers.
what would be a good idea for selling green energy systems to everyone even though there very expensive? i can think of a few. community solar gardens placed on 5% of every farm in the country where people own a share and dont have to pay as much on their electric bill. wood pellet boiler small district heating systems for every 100 homes. should the district energy company be a consumer coop or for profit worker owned company? also i am trying to figure out if with a compelling case would people be all for this type of things to go green since it would be profitable and not cost them very much money if at all. i read some wood pellet district energy systems offer free hookups to the system but you pay a little more on heating but after it is paid off prices drop. trying to figure ways to get away from natural gas which comes from fracking.
union vs non union apprenticeship? what one do you like more or have experience in? i want to be a green plumber and install green heating and cooling systems along with green plumbing stuff as well. does anyone have any experience with the united association of plumbers and pipefitters? the united association has a 5 year apprenticeship that teaches a different topic each year such as: plumbing, pipefitting, welding, sprinkler fitting, and hvac/r. i also have options in case i do not get accepted into the union in my area for this and that is to go to college for a green hvac and plumbing degrees and then find an apprenticeship after earning the degree. does anyone have any suggestions on what way is better union or non union and have experience with the united association of plumbers? i would want to own my own my own business after the 5 year union apprenticeship as well.
i want to get some opinions hear. i want to crowdfund a book selling business that uses extra profits to buy and preserve land. also i was thinking of starting this business with crowdfunding and was wandering what rewards i should offer like say a free book. anyone have any ideas on this? i can not go into details about this business at this time but have it all figured out. last would you buy books that where the profits save big timberlands and the products were competitively priced?
i read a cool book called renewing the countryside wisconsin and it talked about what people are doing to renew the country side. what do you think can be done to allow more people to live in the country that want to without destroying it and keep most of it preserved? ecovillages are one way but other options? i was thinking small towns mixed with cohousing and single owner living lots that are all protected with conservation easements. small farms that are 50 acres in size single owner and the bigger lots like say 500 acres a community.
what do you think is best public forests vs private landowners using a forestry cooperative to sell timber? i like the idea of small woodland owners using a forestry cooperative to sell their wood products and have all the land protected with conservation easements. what is a good amount of land to make a good living from selling timber from a forestry cooperative? hear is a good organization link.
i want to get opinions hear. would you support an online book store where the owner used his extra profits to save lots of land and to help the environment and people? the book store would sell all books and dvds and music. i would run an ad on the radio that talked about this and how the profits will be used and to shop hear. i would have links to my other websites where i show the progress like say i just bought a 16,000 acre forest and put a conservation easement on it or i donated a small plot of land to a food bank where volunteers grow food. these are just examples. so basically would you support a book store that supported causes? i have a great plan in mind and how to go about this and just needed opinions.
one day i would love to own a renewable energy company and i could have solar generators leased on farmers land and it would be csp which is concentrated solar power with wood pellet backup boilers. the extra profits would be used to save land for conservation. hear is a link to a csp power station. an idea i have is that the extra heat could be pipelined to towns and villages for a district heating system.
what are your opinion on everyone has their own wood pellet boiler vs district energy with central pellet boiler for heating? its cool being in charge of your own boiler but some people especially elderly and disabled might find it hard to move firewood or pellets around. district energy is very convenient because you just have a hot water btu meter and pay for hot water based on how much you own and not have to worry about hauling fel around. of course district energy might mean tearing up side walks and streets to put pipes in adding to cost but people having their own boiler might find boilers to expensive to buy and install. what do you think is most practical?
one way people could complete the nutrient cycle with biomass is to have an ash dumpster by the trash dumpster and the ash is collected and sent to the farm or forest to replenish the nutrients and even compost could go in it to. also i want to know what you people think is more feasible like a small district energy for many homes with a wood pellet boiler where people buy heat by the btu or everyone having their own biomass boiler with electric boiler backup? i assume if more people abandon natural gas the gas company would be maintaining a lot of gas pipes that are not profitable therefore they will raise the rates for gas and force more people to buy renewable energy systems.
oh i did some research and farmers could grow special crops to make fuel pellets that are like wood pellets like from bamboo and hemp. also since they would grow quicker than trees they might be cheaper and.to support the forest industry and farming both and to be able to work in a boiler specifically designed for wood pellets they could make a 50/50 hemp wood hybrid pellet. this way it be cheap like a dollar or less a day to heat a home that said solar thermal is installed and people get a membership discount to the pellet heating supply.
i want some opinions here. i want to in the future start a renewable energy company that sells renewable electricity and renewable fuel like wood pellets and installs renewable energy systems to along with plumbing work to. i want to know if it seems feasible to when products are made to run an ad on say wood fired air condition and heating. do you think people would buy such a thing in large numbers? also i would sell the firewood and wood pellets. solar eating and hot water. also i would find willing farmers who would want to earn lease commission on solar leases that cover say 5% of their field acreage and the panels would be high enough that animals can graze under them or grow food under them. i read about community supported solar where people buy a solar share and get credits on their electric bill. do any of you like the idea of not supporting the natural gas companies which seem to buy from fracking operations and instead use solar wood pellet combination systems?so i want to know if this sounds like a great idea and if you have any ideas let me know. oh and one last thing, i watched a vidio on a magnetic water heater that where a motor turns a flywheel with magnets against a copper coil loop and gets hot and if you have heard of it it works on lenz law and i want to know how efficient it is and if that be cheaper to run than say a wood pellet boiler. if you think the magnetic boiler say coupled with solar is more practical than say wod pellet and solar let me know what you think. below is the link to the unit.
any other opinions? another idea is to have land owners rent out their land for camping and things. also what are other ways a forest owner can make money? do you think the gov should own all the forests or do you think that all working forests should be owned my family tree farmers and they do other things to to make money from the forest like make wood products and different types of syrup like maple? i like the idea of private owned forest where the land owners share the land with the community and engage them with the land. protected with a conservation easement that prevents the land from being over logged and develped or sold to high a price of course. i would like a blueprint like of a forest industry that creates the most amount of jobs but also allows people to live or vacation in the woods on a low impact level. also how would this system work. if you have an idea let me know. would love to hear!!.
what would create the most amount of jobs in the forest industry? such as every forester owning 500 acres or foresters employed by the government? i think its only fair for people to own the tree farms just like farmers get to own their own crop and sell it as long as it is sustainable and their not hogging land. would there be more forestry jobs and forest related jobs if every forester owned their own 500 acre tree farm? they can share some of the property with the public to like say a hiking trail runs through the property like a trail easement. there could be special firewood and timber cooperatives to to get the wood products out to the market.
i hear about the intentional communities sharing land and such but does anyone know anything more about the russian dacha? i read the dacha people own their own small cottage and small lot underneath but read intentional communities share the land. do you think that community land trusts since they do not allow second homes will take over the usa or are they more like niche things? my fear is that people will in the future not be allowed to own a small getaway cottage due to community land trusts spreading. so no second home allowed in the usa but in russia yes? i think everyone if wants to should have the choice to own a small cottage for getaways. how can we distribute the land to allow this and at the same time protect open space. i think of the Adirondack park as a 50/50 between open space public protected land coexist with private land almost like a checkerboard in a way. the private land can be protected with a conservation easement like a lot of it is in some parts. if a lot of people were to own a second home cottage how many acres you think would be good? then you have the tree farmers that need more acreage. i read the book The Woodland Way and the author thinks the woods should be managed by woodland stewards and not big companies. what you think of this?
does anyone know of a college that has an aquaponics degree? one that is specifically aquaponics like both parts of it as apposed to say only the horticulture or aquaculture parts. even a sustainable agriculture degree that has this in its curriculum would be great! i am from the usa an only looking for usa programs.
i am only looking for non hallucinogenic mushrooms but i know hallucinogenic mushrooms are very powerful healers but feel would be to intense for me. i heard reishi mushrooms are very good at bringing up repressed emotions but am looking for other types of safe mushrooms that will do the same thing but very powerful as well. still ones that are not hallucinogenic. i want something that i would start with a smaller dosage and work my way up depending on how much i can handle the deep intense trapped emotions. even an herb would be great. if you know of anything please let me know. i have tried african ubulawu from my south african healer. ill ask him as well. he trying to keep the healing herbs in africa along with their traditions and ways of healing alive and is growing them in a big garden.
will hemp destroy the forest if there is no more market for sustainably harvested wood? forest conservation work sometimes involves logging and a market for the trees to generate the profit to pay off loans and to buy more land. if there is no more market for wood because of hemp will the small woodland owners clear their forests to grow the hemp? i read about wineries clear cutting forest for new vineyard expansion.
thanks for the reply and advice. i will offer a variety memberships and so on. does anyone have an idea of how much a campground gets campers like the amount a year or where i could find the statistics at? just dont want 50,000 people all trying to squeez in a 20 campsite campground a year. the camp will be low impact meaning that it will have no bulldozing to make campgrounds and most sites just a trail to get there. handicap friendly camping to. also add cottages as well.