So for the Past year I've been testing my permaculture ideas on someone elses half acre block. Now that I'm in the middle of purchasing my own acreage, my project is starting to take form. I've long desired to run a low impact farm, one that can be managed by one person, turn a profit, and requires minimal if any machinery. Obviously we are talking small acreage here, my plot is 8 acres. Eventually I will also owner build a strawbale home on this property and move into that.
I'm passionate about tending to the soil, enriching all life and onsite recycling of all waste products. So far I've acheived good success in cropping on a tiny plot. My mothers yard is now a foragers paradise and requires only a few hours a week to maintain. Between the garden and the chickens she doesn't need to buy food anymore. The next step is to create an income from a much larger plot. I've identified some potential markets in this local area, for a small amount of organically grown produce. Mostly supplying local restaurants with specialty seasonal produce. The climate is great allowing for year round growing, winter here is actually the most productive growing season. I've also got the ability to grow a range of tropical and temperate crops.
I'm excited to do this on a larger scale now. I'll be posting updates as I progress and I'm interested to hear from anyone else with their experiences or acreage aspirations. Would love to exchange permaculture ideas.