Permaculture Voices: Profitable and Practical Permaculture - Focusing on Farming, Homesteading, Desi

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There had always been that group of design-centric permaculturalists focused on the process, not the techniques. The Toby Hemenways and Larry Santoyos of the world, the Darren Dohertys and the Ben Falks, The Richard Perkins, and my guest today, Rob Avis.

They are all just a small sample of a larger subset that's focused on permaculture a design process, and only a design process. To them it's just another tool in the toolbox.

A tool that you have at your disposal that when needed and applied correctly, can make your job easier.

It's through the readings and conversations with these people that I have re-embraced permaculture for what it was a intended to be, and how I initially came about it.

And a big key in that return to permaculture as a tool, were the conversations that I had with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture.

Like me Rob comes from an engineering background, and he came to permaculture after having been an engineer.

For him, permaculture gave him another tool to use and way to re-purpose his engineering career. Permaculture gave him a way to richen and deepen his design work and engineering versus diluting it.

And it was in one of our conversations where he said something that stopped me in my tracks, and changed my paradigm on the spot.

He said, "Diego, it doesn't matter what anyone is saying or doing with permaculture, no matter how irrelevant it may seem. Permaculture is simply another tool in the toolbox, and if it makes my job easier, then I will use it. Like a hammer, it doesn't matter what people are saying or claiming about a hammer, when you need to drive a nail you use a hammer, and when you, I don't pay attention."

It was that simple idea of permaculture being a tool, regardless of what claims people make, it's still a tool, that really reset my perspective on permaculture.

Suddenly all the bogus claims didn't matter, and I had something in my back pocket that made things easier, it was Permaculture - Another Tool in The Toolbox.

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A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
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Valuable and necessary to the success of hte changing landscape of agriculture... or an abused form of cheap labor that helps some farms appear more profitable than they really are...

That's what we are talking about today on The Urban Farmer with Curtis Stone

With the 2017 season underway, we'll be widening the scope.  Not only going beyond Curtis and the urban farmer, but also beyond the urban farm.

This year Curtis and I will take a step back zooming out from the tools and techniques and his one third of an acre farm, to take a look at some of the macro issues surrounding agriculture.

Each of our episodes will look at a difference topic that all are touched by the common thread of how do we scale this movement, and what does that look like in the future.

It's a year of farming small and farming smart, but thinking big.

Today, we are going to start out by taking a look at interns and farms.  What's good, what's bad, and what could be improved upon.

It's an issue that's really relevant and timely, because it's one that Curtis is dealing with right now, doing something that I never, ever, thought he would do, get an intern.

Let's find out why, in this episode of The Urban Farmer...

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A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
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DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
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Today we are going to take a look at a common fork in the road - chickens or pigs or both.

Chickens and pigs are the two common starter enterprises for people getting into livestock.

There's a lot of similarities... they both have a relatively low cost to start up, you don't need a lot of land, the time commitment isn't huge, and they are scalable.

And there are a lot of differences - infrastructure, feed, processors, market perception, and price points of the finished products.

Both enterprises make a lot of sense for a beginning farmer, or for an existing farmer ad an add on enterprise. But it's the subtle differences and how those differences fit your context, your life, and your land which make all the difference, often times leading to a clear choices.

Given these subtle differences, if you are starting out, how do you choose?

That's what we will explore today, with Darby going through a consultation with person interested in farming.

That person has 10 acres in West Virginia. Half of it is wooded, half of it is pasture. And they are trying to decide, should they start with chickens, pigs or both, given their context...

And uh, that person from WV is played by me...

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A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
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DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
Support the show at www.permaculturevoices.com/support
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Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 10:00pm PST

DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.
 
This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.
 
A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.
 
Support the show at www.permaculturevoices.com/support
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