I hold the class on our farm. If the weather is pretty, we are outside. If the weather is poor, I have a big barn that keeps everyone out of the elements. Most of the classes are pretty hands-on, so being outside is…"
"First, Joel, you've come to the right place. Secondly, good for you for having a dream and for taking steps to make it come true. We're all at various stages of the same journey. We'll walk it together.
"Excellent ideas! Thank you.
I've considered opening a store which equips and teaches novices to produce sustainable agriculture at home. I've got quite a learning curve in business and agriculture.
I am interested in…"
"I like the teaching idea. I probably need more experience (maybe a track record with a farm). Where do you hold your classes?
Karen, what you're doing sounds like the direction I want to move toward. If you don't…"
"Thanks Luke! That gives me much to think about. Is aquaponics cost effective? I've never really explored the subject.
I read Salatin's book last year. In fact, I was obsessed with Salatin's work last…"
"Joel, its NOT a bad dream, it's a wonderful one! We're in the Arizona desert, and we're working on building a business based on teaching people to create their own home " urban farms." (I have a teaching background,…"
"I always feel that you can make your dream reality! It just takes planning, getting the right support group, and in the case of farming, hard work. As some of the others have suggested, you can start to build your dream now even living…"
"The challenge to organic produce is selling it. You likely have a better chance of making a living selling produce where you are now with things like aquaponics, raised bed gardens, permaculture, hugelkultur, greenhouse growing, vertical growing,…"
Great question - and welcome to the group, BTW. I have been where you are now, minus the two kids. I had always wanted to farm (grew up in Detroit!) and worked jobs that paid very little, but was able through a series of events,…"
I dream of owning an organic farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a produce stand and possibily a bed and breakfast. I currently live in the Piedmont or NC on less than half an acre in a neighborhood. I've been learning to grow with compost and no pesticide. Last year a friend and I raised a batch of grass-fed chickens which we prepared from beginning to end. This is an explanation of my novice status. I teach and make less than $35K per year. I am 45 years old with a wife and two teenage…See More
How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
5th year teacher at a private Christian high school (not a job I enjoy, nor one that pays well)
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
There are so many to choose from: organic farming; speaker/preacher; possibly writing
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
Current goals: 1) Physical - lose 20 lbs by May 30, 2012; 2) Spiritual - complete at least 1 sacrificial act of service each day for the next year; 3) Music - memorize 25 Praise and Worship/Christian songs by May 30, 2012; 4) Determine a new career to pursue by April 30, 2012; 5) Long term goal - Operate a farm and produce stand in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 5 years; 6) Musical - write 2 songs a month for the next year; 7) Develop 1 new apologetics sermon per month for the next year
What would you say are your strongest talents? How are you 'wired' and what can you offer to the world (it's OK if you don't know yet, but knowing is key to pursuing your dreams!)?
Public speaking, teaching, research, worship development
PS Also, in case you're interested, I offer a free e-resource entitled Goal-Setting That Actually Works! to those who join the Make The Move email community (also free). I think you'll get a ton out of both resources.
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