Candy Mills wrote:Hey Grant,
Is your interview at AgInsights available to listen to?
Tyler Stark wrote:So, assuming one signs up at the free money link, will we be signing up for a onetime info dump or a longer term mailing list sort of thing?
Jerry McIntire wrote:Key line design is exciting, as well as the EPIQ grants to restore perennial forage. We'll be working with just 8 or so acres, but have a good slope with stream at the bottom and want to retain as much of the rainwater that falls as possible, rather than letting it enter the stream and leave our property.
Grant, I'm interested in key line design for SW Wisconsin's driftless area, where we have steeper slopes than the rest of the Midwest. We'll be talking to Mark Shepard, a neighbor. Any other recommendations?
Back to free money, what programs especially relate to grazing and orchards? We won't be doing any annual crops to speak of.
Candy Mills wrote:Hey Grant,
Is your interview at AgInsights available to listen to? I had been listening to each podcast there since he was interviewed on Permaculture Voices Podcast. Then he started his membership program but the podcasts were available for 2 weeks without having to be a member. Now it seems everything is behind the membership wall. If it were a small amount to join I would, but 25 bucks a month is really pricey! Especially if you're not making your living as a farmer, yet.
Thanks for all you do.
Jason Kootenai wrote:Welcome Grant, your topic is timely for my situation. I have begun talks with my local NRCS to look at options for approximately 8 acres of my land in latitude 47 N. Idaho. The land in question is hydric soil bordering on wetlands that has been used for hay and horse pasture. It is slowly reverting back to a wetlands nature of native Cottonwood, Spirea, Lupine, Alder, Willow. My goals for the land are largely influenced by Holzer, Lawton, Falk. I would like to see the land converted to swales, hugelkultur, humus retention, and wildlife food plots. Furthermore, my hope is that the swales/Hugelkultur can provide dry enough soil for perennial and annual food production. The NRCS seems receptive to a potential cost-sharing partnership in these goals. But has concerns about soil disturbance with swales.
Do you have any input as I negotiate and partner with my local agency?
Richard Frame wrote:Grant...great interview with Chris....I met Chris at Greg Judy's a few years ago....In your interview you mentioned Practical Farmers of Iowa...I subscribe to their site but our farm is in Central Illinois. Are you aware of any similar organization in Illinois? I have been unable to find any. My wife and I plan to attend your Ben Falk workshop...should be great! See you in May.
Peter Smith wrote:Hi Grant:) thanks in advance.
I have been looking into putting high tensile fence as a perimeter fence around our 26 acres. I am in Pennsylvania, on an old beef farm, and am interested in bringing beef back through silvapasture. Do you feel this may get funding, and more importantly, is there long term control they maintain over projects they fund?
Also, do they fund trees? That is something I really need!
Peter Smith wrote: Just let me know if this is the wrong place to post this.
I am looking at the application form, it says I need to have farm records established with appropriate USDA service center agency? What is that? They don't give a link. I am just starting, I have no records.
Jonathan Overlin wrote:I just had a three hour conversation with my NRCS area manager over here in Central Iowa. I just got the exact opposite answers. EQIP was about 'fixing problems' not starting you off on the right foot. How did you do it?
Christopher Kerrschneider wrote:Grant,
Greetings from Davenport, IA! So awesome to hear of other permaculture stuff happening in Iowa, it makes my day.
Quick question, from your experience in Iowa, are there any resources you have which are Iowa specific? I'm very interested in starting a permaculture farm/edu. center and I'm trying to get a handle on the resources out there.
On that note, do you have any experience on partnerships for land management (owner/tenant or land trusts)? If so, are you familiar with programs/grants which benefit land trusts or non-profits?
Thanks a bunch,
Richard Frame wrote:Grant,
I believe that in your interview with Chris you said that you are making some money from your forage. I assume you meant that you are selling hay. Am I correct?
Grant Schultz wrote:Here's the starting spot for EQIP http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/mi/programs/?cid=nrcs141p2_024538
Remember, EQIP is just one program among THOUSANDS of grants. Learn the ins and outs by signing up for the FREE MONEY FOR FARMERS email list here
Peter Smith wrote:BTW, that link is Michigan specific I think.
R Scott wrote:Any idea how the new farm bill changes any of these programs yet?
Tyler Stark wrote:Hi Grant. I signed up for your email list, and then promptly received an email labeled "Confirmation Message". I opened the email, and found the body was entirely blank. Is this normal?