Wesley johnsen

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are there alternatives to regular cars? an example would be more like say an electric car that is made by some non name brand or a name brand that could be like a hybrid between a scooter and a car. needs good fuel mileage and cheap. highway legal and not to expensive. if you know of such a thing let me know. please is you know of such a thing or not sure give examples and a name for such a vehicle. i seen once a small carriage car thingy that sounded like a go kart but not sure what it was.
3 months ago
before the grocery store how was food sold from farmers? i know farmers markets but any other ways? did they direct market produce similar to a csa? any documentaries or books on this topic?
6 months ago
should robots replace farm labor? like say each farmer grows food like staple crops or livestock in the countryside with robots while the urban places have worker cooperatives or small scale self employment to offset the bad effects of hiring farm workers and paying them dirt? hiring farm workers to pick tomatoes for just $10 an hour for example verses growing the tomatoes in an urban greenhouse worker cooperative and earn$15 to $20 an hour. it seems cooperatives are on the rise. i am trying to figure out what is the best way to have farmers both self employed and worker cooperatives while avoiding contract labor. i like the idea of self employed farming due to it being a lifestyle where you work by yourself on a piece of land that you own and live on whether rural or urban.

here is a link to a coop:

http://www.evgoh.com/feature/green-city-growers/



6 months ago
should farm size matter in who should grow what? for example if the bigger farms grew all the high profit crops that require little acreage to make good profit then would this mean that the 10 acre or smaller farms would be out of business? like should there be a regulatory body that says that if you own 100 or more acres than you should only be allowed to grow staple crops or do livestock while if you own smaller tracks of land than you grow the vegetables and fruits and other high cash crops? this way everyone stays in business? some bigger farms grow hay for example which requires lots of acreage.
6 months ago
i want to create a retail online store some time and do drop-shipping and eventually buy wholesale and have a warehouse. is there a way to make it egalitarian more where people get their fair share of income? all net profits will be invested into profitable community projects and the income is kept tracked of and when all the investments come back in it is all fairly divided into profit sharing for all the employees. i do not want to go cooperative because i want to remain in control because it will need to invest in another timberland forestry business as well. money grows on trees. i don't want to feel bad about paying workers crappy wages like 10 dollars an hour. if you know if esop companies can have a majority share owner and profit sharing and be able to invest into other companies? the workers will earn at least 15 minimum. ill start as self employed. last do you think its fair for a business owner to pay crap to workers while making millions?
10 months ago
i want opinions on this conservation idea. buy farm, timberland and other natural places. use the land to make profit. lease farmland for renewable energy development and put conservation easements on the farms but allow forestry, renewable energy like say 10% of the pasture is leased out for solar panels. the areas where wetlands are or used to be are restored and protected with easements along with the rest of the property. only organic farming will be allowed in the easement restrictions. timberland will be protected with a conservation easement that only allows sustainable forestry and recreation and a certain amount of cabin foot prints where a cabin is allowed to be built for a second home like that national forest summer homes program. its the american dream to own a cabin in the woods. all the land before the easements will be thoroughly looked at and restored. for example a 500 acre property is to big for one family to own so there should be two options here, allow it to be subdivided into smaller 100 acre farms or allow a 10 acre development zone where a cohousing community can be built in order to prevent land hording. for a while the land holding company would do farm lease to own, solar leases, wind leases, logging timber sales, grazing leases, cabin leases, home leases and any other eco friendly revenue generation like camping and other recreational use fees to make a huge amount of money. the more land owned and used the faster and faster land could be bought and preserved for these uses but prevent oil, gas and mining uses along with cookie cutter housing subdivisions. also look at ted turner who owns millions of acres that he preserves. even re acquire the severed mineral rights. what are your thoughts on this idea? should the cabin foot prints be sold off at the size of a quarter acre or included in the big timberland and leased to the cabin owner? the conservation easement will only allow a certain amount of cottages for second home use. should the timberland be owned by non profit community forest with a cabin lease program? also the smaller properties bought would permit a house or cabin to be built in the conservation easement before selling it to a land steward. should there be a restriction on these private lands that only allow a person that will actually work the land to be able to own it like they do with some protected farms excluding the vacation second homes? i got a great business plan and other business ideas that will allow me to build this machine. is there a such thing as a for profit land bank? land bank that holds, revitalizes and resells the land to a good steward? a community land trust is another idea but its not a nice feeling renting as opposed to owning the land outright. if you have any great ideas or suggestions to this let me know and also any business formations or ownership or other ideas for this let me know.
11 months ago
can an above ground cistern setup work in the winter without freezing? what do you think of this setup idea. all rainwater is collected through underground pipes and sent to a sump tank underground and then pumped up to an above ground cistern. this cistern will supply water for watering plants and toilet flushing and washing machine. how to make a big cistern not freeze without any electricity or other form of heating?
11 months ago
will robots replace farmers? will the corporations hog all farmland and use robots and that the family farm will die? what do you think will happen with all the displaced workers? robot tax? i wonder is the push for robots is due to the corporations trying to rid their problem of not wanting to pay for workers. some people love working hard.
11 months ago
what do you think is more practical. in an urban environment do you think biomass or heat pump for hydronic boiler heating is better? how do you heat a home if on vacation for a long time. should resistance heating be used for backup to a wood or pellet boiler? or set and forget with heat pump or electric heating. does a radiant hot water heating system require a smaller boiler due to not needing to heat the water as hot? boilers and solar thermal can not only heat but produce domestic hot water and run and absorption chiller for home cooling.
11 months ago
would you buy books from a social enterprise as opposed to amazon? the enterprise uses book sales and media products sales to generate money to buy forest timberland to preserve as working forests and to protect farms and create a conservation type fund that lends money out to good projects that help the environment and people. i want to create such a thing. got everything planned out business wise but will need funding. what crowdfunding reward ideas do you think would be great? i could offer people a yurt camping experience in 5 years after a donation through community supported recreation. how this works is people support my business, after the business gets up and breaks even all the net profits are saved up to buy a wooded acreage and the camp is then built and the backers get to camp out within 5 years. the example of the yurt rental business idea i have is from: http://www.frostmountainyurts.com/index.htm
1 year ago