What are your experiences with design? Did you hire someone to do design for you or did you spend more time educating yourself and then do your own? Were mistakes costly, or did it work well to just try something and adjust if it didn't work out? I expect folks are unlikely to be on this forum if they just hired out the work, so feel free to include the experiences of others you might know, not just your own. Do you recommend hiring a consultant/mentor? What would you look for in him or her? Did you read a lot? (If so, what did you read that was most helpful?) Did you do an Internship/PDC? Did you do a design plan all at once up front? What did you implement first? Or did you focus on one project at a time and not worry about an up-front master plan?
I have 3.8 acres. My (modest) goal is to completely offset our grocery budget either by growing the food or selling/bartering excess to buy what we don't grow, while keeping up with all the property maintenance, housework, and providing a rich upbringing for my baby daughter. I've had little success selling or bartering my excess because the community/region is very hobby-ag and big-ag oriented.
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