I've read nearly all your website, and am very interested in implementing permaforest on my 20-50 acres of farmland.
My question is what type of farm machinery (tractors, implements, etc.) are needed to convert, maintain, and harvest for a permaforest farm?
What is done by hand and what by machine? What is an approximate cost of the machinery needed?
Thanks for your website and book! Hope to visit your farm this year!
40HP tractor flail-chopper mower
front end loader, bucket and forks
mouldboard plow for making swales (this might not be the appropriate tool for your site... Slope & soil will determine what you need to use)
These are the essentials for the Perennial part of the system and eventually will need to include a straddle harvester for hazelnuts and a sweeper for chestnuts.
For growing annual produce I have:
springtooth type cultivator
PTO powered seed broadcaster
Total ballpark cost of the equipment for the perennials is probably around $50,000.00.
I also have all kinds of other equipment kicking around. I'm currently looking for a bulldozer...