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GREETINGS/best wishes to all and thanks in advance for help and suggestions! Please check my bio for more info on us and our "farm".
1. Would like to virtually "meet" permies in our locale
2. Help with rotational grazing pigs to improve old pasture and sell for meat
3. Highly interested in comfrey for forage, compost, mulch, AND stinging nettle, etc
4. Dual-use chickens - selling meat not eggs
5. Market-gardening - high-tunnel - and year-round greenhouse - "lasagna"-gardening
6. Top-bar beekeeping - buying local nucs
7. Farmer's markets and your experience with USDA, etc. regulations
8. Fruit trees and grapes
9. Brewing - already have much equipment and experience - hoping to grow hops for sale!
10. Root cellars
11. Mushroom cultivation for sale
12. Deer-proofing

My son only acquired the property in late June 2017, and it turned out that the house needed lots more work/$$ than expected.  Because of this very rainy Summer, the concrete floor for the pole barn and posts for the solar array are only now being completed.
We have LOTS of well-read books, but almost no practical experience. I AM an experienced gardener (NOT in zone 4), and there is an old garden plot which he has not had time to amend in any way.
We have a lot of passion for the permaculture process/philosophy and are looking forward to any help from the HIVE-MIND here. We certainly have a very late start, but are hoping to manage SOME self-sustainability next year.
 

 
 
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Welcome to Permies, Mary Beth!  If you have any questions that can not be answered by perusing this link which pertains to how this site works, feel free to ask.

You have a lot of interests, and I would say that ambition is on your side, but you have to temper it with the reality of the learning curve and finances.  

In order to get good solid information from as many people as possible, it is best to start threads on each individual question that you have pertaining to each topic.  Be sure to use the search function on this site to find related threads where you can glean information. There is a massive amount of useful information already on this site.  If you can't find it, then create a thread that is specific to your question.  

I might be able to offer some advice on some of your topics, but if I have any advice at all to start with, it is to start small.  Going big with little experience, is most often followed by financial catastrophe and emotional misery.  Get some pigs and chickens, sure, but concentrate on working the existing garden space with them, expanding slowly as you learn the techniques of rotational grazing.  Even in a somewhat isolated valley like mine, there are people who run small market gardens or animal productions with financial success.  You do not have to work all 105 acres (not that you mentioned wanting to do that) , or dig deep into all of those projects in a huge way, in order to make it as farmers.  Diversity is a great trait in a farmer and in anybody wanting to have a resilient income, but I would suggest not jumping into too many new to you things all at the beginning.  You would be best to pick a few, and add a few in a couple years, in my opinion.

Good luck, and, as I said, Welcome.  It's great to have more folks jump into permaculture!      Blessings.  

 
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Hi Mary Beth, welcome to permies!  I wish you were closer but if you're ever in the Oneida/Vilas county area, let me know.

Roberto gave you some good advice.  I'd also recommend using the "Google search" when searching from the main forum page.  I find it is much more likely to bring up threads that match your search criteria.
 
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