Seed the Mind, Harvest Ideas
Getting By - Earning Extra Income - Making a Living - Starting a Farmstead - Thriving With Sustainable Growing
- Homesteading - Organic - All Natural - Permaculture - Self Sufficiency -
I'm one of those people who sees opportunity everywhere. With this enterprise we address and bring a solution to several issues: starting a farm and local food based business with limited investment capital, finding dedicated workers and loyal customers, making it possible for everyone involved to develop a diversified income, and offering our young people a head start in the world. The plan is quite involved. All you have to do is read it to find out what's in it. The Elevator Speech will give you a hint at what this the plan is all about.
I'm taking this Co-Op plan all the way.
I've spent months putting together ideas which go back several years. I've talked with scores of people about different aspects of the plan, and the ideas have been well received. I believe a Cooperative Enterprise can be formed around here. If it can be done in Lake City, Florida, with a population of 12,000, it can be done anywhere. Since I'll be needing the plan available for folks here to share around, it makes sense to me to share it with everyone in the hopes that some good might come out of it.
The plan has been evolving and will likely continue to do so as more ideas come forth. The nature of the plan compels sharing it at every stage of development. If this is to be a collaborative effort, folks need all these ideas in full view in order to invite open discussion. One day I hope to have a forum to promote active discussion and invite new ideas.
You Can Help
As things stand, this is a one man show. I've only got the one brain. There are some aspects of the plan which can use more detail. For example, the Fundraising section does not yet get into grants. Guest Blogging gives you the ability to contribute directly to the efforts here. If you find something that needs clarification, feel free to contact me. I'm always open to suggestions, comments, and criticism, good and bad. GET INVOLVED!
Currently I'm working on printing materials to distribute to prospective members. There will be expenses involved in making this plan a reality. If you would like to contribute, I have set up a Patreon project. Share that link on your social networks. With your help, we can make this happen. Tell everyone you know. Share ideas, I'd love to hear them. All the information will be available online, so I'm not the only one who benefits. Anyone, anywhere can use the ideas to change their own part of the world for the better.
Business Plan Handout
I have condensed the plan into a 21 page, print-ready document. It is designed to offer a fair amount of detail in describing the plan when talking to potential members.
It is available online as a .PDF file and in HTML format.