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Amy Moore
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Hi all! I work for a great person that specializes in holistic land management and permiculture. We are working on making the farm totally self sustaining. He is growing organic potatoes for sale this year on a bit larger scale in hopes of bringing in more income for the land so we can put up some hoops houses, make the strawberry's into a "pick your own" place, and a small place to process our own meat. Trying to get going is rough around here! We live in a town of 3500 people in Northeast Nebraska, mostly conventional methods are going on next door and in stores. Permiculture hasn't really taken off around here yet nor what it means for the Earth, it's resources, our bodies, our children, and the future of the planet, we are trying to get a "foot in the door" sort of. Any advice on ways to raise money or find investors for us? As we try not to step on neighbors toes out here, there has to be a way to do this!!! Thanks for reading, any info or ideas would be great.
 
Blaine Lindsey
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aloha! i was thinking: first of all focus on amending your soil and retaining moisture and compost/mulching all of those things to get your land all ripe while your lookin for ways to raise money and network. Maybe communicate with your neighbors and locals & have multiple families invest in your farm in exchange for produce when the harvest comes like CSA(community supported agriculture) type of deal, some way to get the message across tothe neighborhood that with your farming and their investments everyone involved can live happier, healthier lives. grow mainly potatoes but maybe add in other vegetables that families love to eat so that during harvest season your investors are well fed! i love the pick your own strawberry patch idea! i guess its all about advertisement in this world and getting your name out there! post flyers or go door to door or maybe set up shop at your local farmers market and the ones in towns nearby to sell your main cashcrops & homemade food products get people to know your farm name and everything. use permaculture as your foundation and your bound for success! keep amending your soil and making your land as impressive and thriving as possible so you can show by example why people would want to invest! the organic/non-gmo/ natural foods movement is growing fast and its a big market, communicate with your local family owned restaurants that use potatoes alot and network with them, tel them you can produce all of their potatoes- beautiful, organic, local potatoes and kitchen herbs that would be a great selling point for the restaurant, would be a great investment for them to give you guys money in order to get set up! just a few ideas good luck i wish you all the best!
 
David Livingston
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here in France we have things called AMAPS
The deal is the producer produces food usually veg in bulk and the AMAP split it between members of the AMAP. The deal is usually good for the farmer as they get better than wholesale price and the people get cheaper better food .see here some issues
http://oneco.biofach.de/en/news/france-chances-and-challenges-of-amap--focus--81cc85cb-b772-4961-9f29-acc84027f79c/

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Host your own farmers market
Sell your stuff and charge a little for others to sell their stuff

David
 
Amy Moore
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Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I was also able to find a couple past posts about farm income that got my lightbulb turned on!!!
 
Daniel erline
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garlic usually seems to come from china these days.. growing garlic is easy. pest don't eat it.. you plant it this summer and harvest next summer or late spring as here in central pa. Its valuable too. maybe even shallot's which grow kinda the same. I have both and once you plant them that's all.. maybe some mulch and fertilizer if you can braid them they are worth even more and right now here we have garlic spears which are fresh tender shoots which if gotten with a day or 3 after they come in are worth at least 10.00 a lb. they can be sold to high end restaurants.
 
Terri Matthews
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