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Daniel Kern
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Hi Grant Schultz!

I am so glad to get the chance to talk with you. You are a huge inspiration to me, and what you are implementing is the exact direction that I am moving in. Thanks!

I am in the process of starting a farm in central Texas. I have been here for about a half of a year now mainly market gardening and harvesting some cedar. While I have been here I have been observing and reserving design ideas for a later date while also learning more about the possibilities.


Thus I would like to know about what are the steps that you took in designing your property and what were your main considerations when implementing this design?


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I have talked with the local NRCS office and they are not helpful whatsoever. They say that since agroforestry is not a "priority" that there is no funding going towards that. In this area all the money goes to pasture improvements.
 
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Daniel Kern wrote:Hi Grant Schultz!

Thus I would like to know about what are the steps that you took in designing your property and what were your main considerations when implementing this design?


Main considerations - follow the Scale of Permanence and design top to bottom.

Owen Hablutzel put together a great graphic that explains this concept in a visual way




Daniel Kern wrote:Hi Grant Schultz!
I have talked with the local NRCS office and they are not helpful whatsoever. They say that since agroforestry is not a "priority" that there is no funding going towards that. In this area all the money goes to pasture improvements.


Daniel, you are raising pastured livestock in an agroforestry system, REMEMBER? So go back, and remind them of that. Your EQIP application is for PASTURE IMPROVEMENTS for LIVESTOCK!

If you need to get some livestock - go do that. You must already be grazing livestock to qualify. Some $15 goats from the auction or craigslist qualify, you can always upgrade.

PERSISTENCE WINS, EVERY SINGLE TINE!
 
Daniel Kern
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Thanks so much! I am so glad that you told me that. That changes everything when you call it pasture improvements.

as far as the scale of Permanence, what a genius design system. Thanks for the reminder.

I am also wondering about a more personal question. What is it that motivates you? Why do you do what you do?
 
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Daniel Kern wrote:

I am also wondering about a more personal question. What is it that motivates you? Why do you do what you do?


I am fueled entirely by coffee and bacon. All of my motion and decisions are influenced by this.
 
Daniel Kern
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Coffee and bacon is the perfect fuel. Without it what would we do
I even just wrote a morning time poem to give you some encouragement. just reminiscing because

There is no comparison
To the greasy goodness
Of my bacon platter
with Joe.
 
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Daniel, if you don't mind me asking, where in Central TX are you located? I'm near Sisterdale.

 
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Im a few hours north of you in Cranfills Gap.
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