Good questions. I don't honestly know the answers yet. What I do know is that I would prefer to have someone here who is a "permie" thinker and who thus might benefit from being here. That's hard to find in the local area. I also know that the market value of the rent for this place is about $400/mo but obviously if someone was living here and helping with daily chores, that's worth something, hence my thought about "discount rent." The profit from the sheep operation will be minimal the first year because we will only begin with 20 (maybe as many as 40) ewes. So to me this is more of a science experiment this first year.
Michael Cox wrote:Dave - Sounds like a great project, but I have to ask if you have a proper business plan worked out. Will this project pay enough for you and the wage of a part time (or full time?) helper? You ask for someone to come and live on the land to help you, and pay rent to do so - I can't see many people jumping at that opportunity unless they are getting something substantial back in return. A truly viable business shouldn't be running on free labour anyway, as it isn't sustainable in the long term.
Rather than try to get someone to come live with you why don't you employ someone from the local area on a casual basis?