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An expanded definition of "Permaculture Farm"...  Sometimes we have to do things a little differently because of things like shifting product demands and resource limitations.  So, here's one more example of diversification:
A lot of your typical farm work is just the same old repetitious crap.  Weed-pulling and produce-harvesting are two boring jobs that come to mind here.  I do very little of that on my farm.  What I do is soil analysis, composting, and custom organic fertilization for clients throughout our region.  I’m also into teaching classes in permaculture-based farming, organic gardening, and environmental management.  It’s kinda technical, but I wouldn’t call it boring.  The demand is huge, and increasing.  What I grow here is mostly “green manure” used for making commercial amendments, and have my own personal garden just for myself.

It’s a no-brainer that our current economic policies in the USA are unsustainable.  Just like a good doctor or car mechanic, we first need to identify the problem.  The biggest problem I see in this country is a lack of vision.  One-dimensional thinking.  Added to that are short-term thinking, and the mind-clutter of irrelevant ideologies, plus ignorance of reality.  We can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over and expect things to improve.  We’re rapidly reaching the tipping point where everything collapses in a cloud of dust.  Being too invested into the current system could end up bringing-on your demise!

Great opportunities are in store for those who know how to run an efficient small farm operation in a climate-challenging environment.  Again, it’s going to take teamwork & pooling of resources.  Credible analysts are warning of near-future food shortages.  This is based on both climate and economic factors.  Corporate weather-manipulation technology is creating economic sabotage.  USA is a net food importer, not exporter.  When foreign producers start refusing to accept US Dollars, food prices will escalate.

Local farms to the rescue !!!
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