I already have a lot of land where i am living and applying permaculture and sustainable living to every aspect of it. I am going to set up more and more sustainable sites, first locally, then i am going to branch out in the future. Does anyone have ideas as to where i could go about getting funding for this. Funding would greatly speed up the process.Any help is greatly appreciated.
getting started can be costly, I found that I was able to get a lot of my plants by getting cuttings from friends and getting plant divisions and seeds from friends as well..also sometimes you can even get a few cuttings from other places, like cemetaries..but do make sure you aren't doing damage ..
look for end of season sales of plants and seeds..most of them are still viable and can cost you a lot less money..just don't buy things that are too badly damaged or diseased.
check out plant and seed swaps and go to some of the gardening sites on the internet, often people will offer to send seeds for nothing more than the cost of a self addressed stamped envelope,
i might suggest the homesteading today forums and maybe some other garden forums, also google seed swaps. check out craigslist too??
Bloom where you are planted.
You could ask rich people in your area. Offer your projected surplus of fruit, vegetable, herb, eggs, etc. to the person you're asking for money, or as a small, local food service for the poor, the needy, the community, etc. that the funding can help generate.
I've often thought about funding issues. Permaculture could sweep over whole towns, cities, counties, states, with the proper funding. I think of Ralph Nader's "Only the Super Rich can Save Us" wherein the super rich form a super hero type group and fund critical education, fair elections, open media, and the like, to effect real change in America.
A very small philanthropic gesture from the super rich could put 500 permaculture people to work for a year at a time. Creating potentially great change, raising awareness and future safegaurding from myopic agricultural practices and subsidies.
But your project might just take some asking about town, and some creative community benefits to make it appealing and affordable to fund.
You could also try Kickstarter, though so far I've had no luck with my permaculture project being accepted. Doesn't mean you wont though:)
Keep me posted.
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