I just discovered this excellent forum yesterday. I wanted to post a permaculture question/challenge that I've been thinking about lately, as I think I can probably get some good ideas here. And I'm hoping it will make for an enjoyable discussion, too. My family and I own a 3-acre mini-farm about 4 hours from where we reside. I've been thinking of low-maintenance food crops I can put there, given that I'll only spend 3-4 days there per year maintaining it. Currently, it has one apple tree, several bearing mulberries (white and red) and a cherry that has one foot in the grave. Much of the 3 acres is covered with orchardgrass/clover. I planted a couple of raspberries there this spring, and I have a couple dozen grafted apples that I'll plant there in the fall. Here are some other crop ideas I have: fruits: pears, plums, new cherry trees, a couple varieties of blueberries, more raspberries, blackberries, elderberries for jelly, pawpaws; nuts: black walnuts, butternuts, pecans; vegetables: asparagus, rhubarb, Jerusalem artichoke. When my feral beehive is ready for a split, I also thought about setting a hive on the farm. I figure, since I didn't have to pay for them anyway, if they survive without close management, great, but if they don't, no big loss. Does anybody have any other ideas? I'm especially interested in additional vegetable crops that would be pretty low-maintenance. And I've seen some amaranth in catalogs, but I don't know if it would grow as a perennial or not. I don't know if I'm interested in anything overly exotic or expensive or difficult to propagate. (How hard would hazelnut be to get established from native stock, I wonder?) Also, is there any type of fowl that would be likely to stick around if I build them a place to roost? Thanks.