“Late August 2015 we cleared a small area in the front yard of forsythia and lawn and set it in motion as permanent raised beds. Two growing seasons later and it’s pretty wonderful to see how well it all broke down. Wood chips and chopped up branches and some clay soil and we have the ingredients to make some luscious beds that grow a significant amount of annual crops, perennial crops and nursery work.”
Home-based Business: An Urban Farm — Voss Organics
Yesterday’s story was rather popular. Homesteaders need to make a living after all. Here’s another home-based small business idea. Voss Organics grows and sells produce and starter plants from their backyard greenhouse and garden.
Grossing $350,000 on 1.5 Acres of High Intensity, No-Till Vegetable Production
“Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY grosses $350,000 on farming 1.5 acres. It’s an amazingly productive and efficient high intensity vegetable farm. And they are doing it all no till.”
11 Years Living Off-Grid
“Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo http://www.es-cargo.qc.ca/ have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows.” Note: I recommend using earthbags similar to what Jake and others who are building ‘earthbag earthships’. https://naturalbuildingblog.com/jake-vs-earthship-part-8/
Off Grid Solar Kiln for Drying Lumber
“This particular solar kiln is the brainchild of Virginia Tech and the plans are available for free online.
Best Places to Live: Scenic Byways
As a young man, I traveled across Nebraska on Highway 20 that parallels the main east-west interstate across the state. It’s very beautiful country. The scenic byway was far more interesting than the interstate which I had traveled many times going back and forth to Colorado on vacation. Places like this would be a great place to homestead.