Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported Agriculture
Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
Homesteading skills, including house-building, food preservation, and alternative energy
Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
Making value-added products with farm resources
Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems
That’s a lot of skills beyond growing a tomato. If you are an electrician, you could learn photovoltaics/solar power. You can learn food processing/preservation hands on.
Orchard pruning is a good skill too. Skilled orchard pruners get temporary but well paying gigs in California doing massive overtime. Then back to the surfboard. And you can learn generalized business skills.
Many people are too busy mashing buttons in Videogame Fantasyland or putting their selfies on their Facebook page to find this stuff interesting. But this is the real world, and if you actually go in the real world and do real things, the rewards can be amazing and beautiful and satisfying.
It’s harder and harder to get jobs out there, but there are lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs. We may be coming to a time where it’s actually easier to be a small business person than get a job. of course it’s easy for small businesses to fail, but for those who know how to do it and figure out what businesses are economically viable, there will be lots of opportunities.
And I think that the rule to go by for picking an economically viable business in a contracting economy will be a business that helps the new poor, the formerly middle class, and the formerly willingly gainfully employed, share assets and save money.
Peter Schiff had a Microsecessionist, Jonathan Bartlett, on his show on August 29, 2013
Bartlett was telling him about grinding your own grain for bread, growing your own food, et cetera, and Schiff said, “But it’s a shame to give up the benefits of civilization and specialization. Wouldn’t people have better things to do than produce their own food?”
He has a point, of course, in an ideal, perfect world. But in a world where the agricultural system is unsustainable and unhealthy, obesity costs the country 150 billion a year and diabetes is epidemic, we need to produce at least half of our own food just for our health, or be as rich as Peter Schiff and have your personal chef buying your food at Whole Foods and preparing it for you.
Go and learn processing and preparing, from the garden to the fork, including butchering if you can handle it, perhaps on a an apprenticeship linked above. From there you want to get in with the Hipster Paleo Diet types who have disposable income, and be the middleman between them and hobby gardeners and small farmers. And as I said before, ask for the raw product from the hobby gardeners for free. Have a place to store it with a walk in fridge, and trade some of it to small scale livestock people in exchange for meat and eggs.
that’s how you beat Whole Foods. Your fruit and vegetables will be DONATED.
But first, Paduan, you must go learn some real world skills. And Maine, as they say, is where the way life should be. Considering Maine is, as liberals hiss and spit to remind us, Racist Comments in Nation’s Whitest State Draw Fire
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