Scott Foster wrote: I'm quickly coming to the realization that working in the garden, only on the weekends, isn't going to cut it if I want to actualize what I want my food forest to be.
Scott Foster wrote:After purchasing the stuff for a hoop house I started thinking about the awesomeness of specializing in some kind of quality plant or tree.
Mike Jay wrote:I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't worry a minute about capitalism. If you do well, you might be able to bring in a woofer or intern to learn about permaculture. Customers would probably be permiculture folks and you'd be a place to spread the word. If they don't buy a tree from you, they'd be buying it from someone else.
I like the specialization aspect of doing a few things really well. Along with that you may need to reach out farther for customers, or have good word of mouth. Some things that seem to always be interesting to people on here are things that stretch their growing zone. So maybe you could work on things that shouldn't grow in your area but that you've bred to handle it.
Another specialization could be to identify or make up an upcoming trend (cider apples, USA grown tea, dropsophilia resistant raspberries, etc) and delve into that area. Maybe find out what local university agriculture departments are starting (or wanting) to work on and partner up. Or at least get in on the ground floor with them.
Angelika Maier wrote:I know many people who lived in communist countries and they prefer capitalism. THis is not the big bad capitalism this is just you selling some trees....
I would think the whole thing from behind. Start with your customers and the market. Who buys your trees? As well you have to figure out what you most like doing, that is were you are good at and this is good for business. Then how will people buy from you? Will your send out bare rooted trees? Farmers markets? Sell to retail nurseries? And only then you start thinking the rest. Selling is the toughest part believe me.