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permaculture sheep small business, would like your thoughts!

 
kadence blevins
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I am plotting a kickstarter. let me know what yall think!

I would like to start a sheep business. If funded I would make daily vlog videos.
If you donate $5 you get a weekly email of my adventures.
If you donate $10 you get your name will be in my vlog videos as supporters.
If you donate $20 you get to be 'director' of one video, with name and credits in the vlog video and ask me a question to be answered in the video.
If you donate $50 you get to be 'director' of three videos and ask me a question to be answered in the videos or a topic for the video.
If you donate $100 you get to be 'associate producer' of first 100 videos and be 'director' of ten videos.
If you donate $200 you get to be 'producer' of first 250 videos and be 'director' of ten videos.
If you donate $400 you get to be 'supreme executive producer with bacon, cheese, and sparkles' of the first 365 videos and be 'director' of fifteen videos.
In the vlogs directors, associate producer, producer, and supreme executive producer will all be credited at the opening credits. Supporters names will be listed in the closing credits.


working script for the kickstarter video:
I'm Katie. I have alot of farm experience and I want to start a small business with sheep. I would sell raw fleeces, prepared rovings and batts, wether stock, and eventually meat. Not only that, but I want to see more videos about it. Not just one or two videos. I want to see hundreds of videos of the things I am hearing about and want to learn. And I know I'm not the only one. So I have an idea. I will make these videos myself. I propose to share a video per day for 365 days. The only thing stopping me is some initial startup costs. So kickstarter is the perfect route to trying this. If I get funded, I will be able to buy materials and stock and get started. I will then produce one video a day for a year. Topics will include: sheep care, fencing, daily management, hoof trimming, breeds of sheep, pasture management, shearing, wool, spinning, felting, washing fleeces, wool prep, and more. I also want to give you the power to determine the topics that I put into the videos, so I've created rewards where you are the director, and you choose what the topic is, or what question I might put to somebody. Now is the time to present the critical question: are there a few hundred people like me that would like to see these videos? I'm willing to do the legwork - are you willing to support my kickstarter?

and I am plotting out costs of everything. that seems huge. really it is a crapload of money to me. my current estimation is at $4000 /:

I would be:
-utilizing holistic management
-working toward completely grass fed
-working on polyculture in animal systems by adding rotating chickens and a few goats too
-selling fleeces, prepped wools, handspun yarns, finished woolen items
-selling meat lambs and work toward selling cuts locally
-herding sheep on areas other than paddocks to better other farm fields and forested area
-actually there is two areas i'd love to use sheep and goats to help turn otherwise useless areas into food forest (swales, hugels, etc)
-work toward a flock that wont need worming etc

let me know what yall think! I want to have this well planned through before I even pull up kickstarter!
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Rose Pinder
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This is a great idea! Your planning looks good too.

I reckon allow free donating as well (I'd donate more than $5 but I don't want my name on it or having to direct anything).

Maybe explaining what permaculture is (to the sheep growers who don't know), and what the sheep terms are (to the permies who don't know).

How long would the videos be? Do you think you can really do one a day for a whole year?
 
kadence blevins
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thanks. I will add in something that doesn't include name.
that sounds good to me. I think some of the videos will only be 5 minutes long and others will be 10 minutes long. I think later on once things got going I could get all this pretty footage and nice scenes with just the sheep and the birds and I can do a 'relaxation' video where its all pretty and sweet and just enjoying what has been achieved so far. I have done youtube videos before and I think I can do it (:
once I start the kickstarter I can get 'before' footage of the area and footage about my plans. that will get videos rolling. once the kickstarter is getting along and looks like it'll make it I want to make a visit to at least the one persons farm that i'll likely be buying some stock from. get some footage there and lots of talking about the sheep and all. this way I can have a few videos in the works already so that once I get funded I can have things already in queue to start putting them out.
once I get funded I can start on the fun stuff. get footage of workin on the area, thinning out the trees, some mowing down. walk the area and shoot some on IDing the plants I know etc, then probably some of me at the stores etc going over materials and why I chose these over others. a video going through and showing where each paddock will likely be fenced off, where gates will go, whats my water system, my current idea on what sort of rotation the animals will be on and why I think that. a video on swales and hugels, what are they, why the heck would I try this stuff in paddocks, what i'll plant there. video on the sheep breeds I have looked at and why I chose the breeds I did.

I have lot of ideas. if anyone wants to toss in ideas for the videos I will be making a master list of them (:
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Katy Whitby-last
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One thing you may want to consider is that sheep and hugel Swales probably won't mix. The sheep will trample them and sheep can weigh 60 kg upwards.

Another thing to consider is how you would manage to do a video on different breeds as you are unlikely to be able to have more than a couple of breeds.
 
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