I recently stumbled on Herrick Kimball's blog, after seeing a reference to wheel hoes and wondering how they worked. A quick search brought up directions for building one.
Mr. Kimball sells garlic powder and machines for small farms, and is starting to explore the furniture business. More interesting to me, he has a line of self-published books, including ones that advocate Christian Agrarianism, one on running a powdered garlic business, and instruction books for the machines he sells, and some he uses but only sells kits or essential parts for.
The farm implement business he runs has some particularly elegant vertical differentiation: he'll sell you a finished wheel hoe, or a complete kit, or a kit minus handles and wheel, or a bare-bones kit with no fasteners, or just a blade. Similarly, he set his son up in business selling rubber fingers for anyone following his plans for a tub-style mechanical chicken plucker.
There's lots of cross-marketing, too. He'll mention how the wheel hoe saves labor for his galic powder business.
He has a full-time job as well, but seems to be on the verge of bootstrapping into a full-time farmer: he's probably made enough from mail-order businesses to buy significantly more land.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
Thanks very much for this reference to Herrick Kimball's blog. I had never heard of it. It is just fantastic; right down my alley, being a dyed in the wool back to the land biointensive sustainable market farming homesteader of Whole Earth mindset... with a passion for making and growing things for self sufficiency and independence. Got to say permies.com is a genuine grade A #1 Wayside Shrine. So glad I found this place. The Deliberate Agrarian http://thedeliberateagrarian.blogspot.com/ Anyone Can Build A Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe http://planetwhizbang.blogspot.com/
I'm not into beekeeping yet but topbar beekeeping is a wonderful way to raise bees for food and pollination. If anyone is interested I can post my website URL findings on this topic. Paul: yet another subject needing a forum: beekeeping and alternate pollinators (sometimes called forgotten pollinators)
posted 10 years ago
The deliberate agrarian is the staple homesteaders blog. His blog is and inspiration and his book is wonderful. I recommend to every christian homesteader or not.
posted 10 years ago
topbar beekeeping is a wonderful way to raise bees for food and pollination. If anyone is interested I can post my website URL findings on this topic.
We want to do top bar! Links would be appreciated.