"We are taking a sabbatical from farming. To be self-sufficient and truly sustainable, we have to be debt free, so this year I'll be putting my time and efforts toward selling unneeded stuff, selling a rental we own, and teaching for others…"
"Do NOT use insecticides in aquaponics! Anything you use can reach the fish and kill them. In hydroponics it may be doable, but if you're growing organically, you want to avoid chemicals anyway.
For the sticky bugs like aphids, white flies &…"
"Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's…"
"We started with a 200 gallon system, and it never fully kicked in, but part of that was design. I think it would have stabilized if we had known more.
100 is still rather small, but it depends on what the variables are. A small change in weather can…"
"Sam, congrats on your chef opportunity! And Karen, congrats on your retailers! Sad to hear about the chickens and the dogs, but you have to do what you have to do.
Damon, I'll ditto Sam's comments about small systems. Small systems are…"
"Nick, I like your idea. Our culture has bypassed rights of passage into adulthood, and I think that's one contributing factor in the idea that it's OK for a person to be dependent at the age of 30. A right that emphasizes an expectation of…"
"It is sad that so many decisions are based on poor or inaccurate information. I live in an agricultural community and chickens are banned within the city limits. Crazy! A year or so ago, the big city (Nashville) agreed to allow folks to…"
"I agree about the effort on the shrimp, Sam. Because so many are interested in them, we want to be able to teach about them, and I don't teach what I don't experience. We won't be growing them for the food benefit as much as the…"
"Brad, for years I have replied to scoffers by saying, "If things go south and you have gold and I have food; sooner or later I'll have your gold, too. If things don't go south, I eat well and store up gold.""
"You know?...when the fecal matter hits the rotating oscillator, they will all wish they were on the good side of farmers and a hunters. I know quite a few and hopefully I am still in good standing with them...Did I say that out loud? Take Care."
"No we haven't. Our system hasn't been set up for them and work has kept us from getting there. But...we're getting a batch in the next month, so I'll let you know how it goes. Others are doing it and having mixed success,…"
"I hope it doesn't come to that anywhere, for sure! The sad thing is that the case has impacted other freedoms. Whether you agree with the Affordable Health Care act or not, it was cited 20 times to support the idea that non-commerce (not…"
"Good thoughts, Sheri. The "Wickard" case has impacted grain farmer for a while. Imagine wheat farmers who can't raise wheat for their own consumption?
I'd hate to think that we would have to go dark in order to…"
How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
I heard about it from 48Days.com & Dan's podcasts. I want to learn from and share with other coaches.
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
I'm "self-unemployed," building my own Learning Farm on which we teach about sustainable living. I'm also an adjunct instructor, I run a Faculty Development business, and I write curriculum for professional development companies and colleges.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
To grow the farm so we can teach more classes to adults and kids. We embed practical science, self-sufficiency and logical thinking into our classes. We also teach financial classes because responsible financial management is part of a sustainable life.
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
In about five years we want to finish rebuilding our house (we've nicknamed it the Winchester Mansion after the mansion in California), to make our FINAL payment on the house, and for my husband to retire from his current job & join me in the farm business, evolving it into a ministry.
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!)?
Teaching and system development are my two "wires." I like to build processes. I enjoy learning, processing, and teaching.
I've also been enjoying my animals and getting back into technology, which is where I started my career. Building websites and online stores and classrooms has been a blast!
Thanks for your reply and the suggestions, they are helpful. I'll keep looking and keep those suggestions in mind. Thanks again!
-------------------------- Good morning, John! You had written to me: "Hi Sheri, I had a question for you about one of your posts re: the BioPod soldier fly composter. How do you find products like these to become a distributor? Thanks for any help or ideas!" Well, we had looked into their product to find out more about it. We noticed that they had distributors in other regions, but none in our area. Since we are looking for quality products to sell, we called them, probed a little further about the product, and then asked what the process was for becoming a distributor. Depending on the product, some companies want certain types of store fronts, delivery access, business track records, etc. But don't ever let that stop you. Until you know their process and expectations, anything is possible. And sometimes you can negotiate a workaround if you don't meet their normal qualifications.
Understand that I am a consultant and will tell you pretty straight out what I think and what recommendations I would make for what you are working on.
It looks like you are working on building a lot of great content. I would say that you are probably not very focused though and that will likely hinder your success overall. I know this in general because of my own ADD with web stuff. So you have some strategy and goals to map out.
I have worked on several different platforms with websites and the single best platform for large content money making websites is SBI. If you go to my profile page there are several free ebooks that you can download to help you out as well. (no email necessary)
The main issue is getting targeted traffic. That is done through key word research and building the on page SEO properly and little off page linking is great too. But even without the off page linking a page properly set up will perform very well.
If you really want to get traffic with your blogs and use that as a primary platform (which many do, i prefer a core website that is supported by a blog) then you should switch from the wordpress.com sites to wordpress.org sites. A good bluehost.com or hostgator.com account will provide you some easy set up of those with the domain names. You have the choice of doing the blogs as stand alone domains which if it is independent of anything else that is fine. But if it is in support of a website then you should do it either as a sub domain or directory. blog.yoursite.com or yoursite.com/blog
They key word research is really key and having a good map of what content you should be adding either to your blog or your website. Websites are not meant to be static while blogs are dynamic. That really is not how it should work. Websites built write are constantly dynamic and changing but always maintaining a core content that is easy to navigate and builds trust with your visitors.
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Sheri -- Welcome to 48Days.net. And thanks for already being a listener of my podcasts.
This site is the place where you can get advice from people you trust. You’ll find this to be a warm, encouraging and innovative group. Many of the members here have already found their focus and are up and running with work that is meaningful, purposeful – and profitable. Whether you are arriving here with your business fully formed or are still in the beginning stages – just stick around. This group is full of great ideas and strategies to make them come to life.
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Sheri, just wanted to drop in and welcome you to this great community! As you’ll come to find, this is a place of inspiration, encouragement and tons of knowledge. I hope you find that and more as you pursue your endeavors.