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Work to help set up permaculture farm in exchange for regular repayments?

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Hi all,

I am currently living in a northern European city working full time. I make a reasonable (tho not spectacular) wage and have managed to save about 10k euro in the last 2 years. My problem is I would really like to get started with doing something in Permaculture. I did a PDC a few years ago, and some wwoofing some years before that, but that's about it.

Reading some threads on permies, I see a common problem: many people interested in Permaculture don't have a big budget to get started. So I had this idea and I'd like to hear your thoughts on it:

I could work on a short term basis on a farm/smallholding helping to get it set up. For example I help out on a full time basis with building, digging, planting etc etc whatever needs to be done, for let's say one month.

Instead of paying me directly, the farmer could pay me in small installments over a longer period of time. So instead of having to fork out 1600 in one go, the farmer could pay 32/week for one year (total 1664).
(all numbers are hypothetical btw)

That way, (s)he could start to obtain a yield from whatever system we set up and we could both benefit. What's in it for me? It may be easier to convince people to pay me for my services if I am flexible about the repayment period.

Or I could do something on an intensive short term basis, while keeping my job here and just working during holidays.

What are your thoughts about this? Do you think it could work? Would people actually pay up? Or would they be scared it was some kind of sneaky loan sharking?

It would also be a nice way to stay in contact with farmers and see the fruits of your labours. Maybe even make it a regular thing - go back every year to help with maintenance/harvesting etc

Maybe you know someone doing something similar?

Looking forward to your replies,

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