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After watching many geoff lawton videos I've left with a ton of questions.  Anyone know the back story for zaytuna farm? 
How did he come up with the money to purchase the place?  I assume it was done by doing permaculture consulting jobs around Australia?  He mentioned
in an old video that they were camping at customer sites for awhile. 
Once he purchased the place there wasn't any infrastructure there.  How did he live?  Was he camping out on the property until he could bootstrap some buildings?
He must've had some kinda side money or savings to purchase food and supplies to kick start the property. 
How did he get that going?  If Geoff wrote a autobiography I'd definitely read it to find all this out.  Zaytuna farm is quite an amazing property and I have dreams
of someday pulling off a similar but much smaller effort myself. 
 
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There was a video of him describing the development of a small (5 acre?) property while he lived on it in a shed.  He later sold the property.  I am guessing this is one of the ways he built up enough savings to purchase the property that would become Zaytuna Farm.  I can't find the video anymore, darn it.
 
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That's interesting.  I'd love to see the video
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:There was a video of him describing the development of a small (5 acre?) property while he lived on it in a shed.  He later sold the property.  I am guessing this is one of the ways he built up enough savings to purchase the property that would become Zaytuna Farm.  I can't find the video anymore, darn it.


I managed to dredge this link to it from Google
 
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That's the one! 
 
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I may be wrong, but I understand that Bill Mollison chose Geoff to inherit leadership of the permaculture research institute, of which Zaytuna was an integral part. It seems he earned this with his work in the field and demonstrated talent teaching.
 
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I watched the video.  He is a wizard.  There's no doubts about it haha. 
 
He baked a muffin that stole my car! And this tiny ad:
Rumpelstiltskin ain't got nothing on this
https://permies.com/wiki/92731/fiber-arts/Homegrown-Linen-transforming-flaxseed-fibre
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