The Modern Homesteader?

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  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Bump

    Guess he isn't on here or no one knows him? I was going to ask how many people he has for his classes, 499.00 a pop is pretty interesting.
     

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    Wolf mom Well-Known Member

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    $199.00 for a two day seminar??? I'd rather read opinions on HT or go to the library. "Modern Homesteading? I think it's a state of mind, and an individual's choice due to all the alternatives people have today. Seems to me, he's trying to "cash in" on an alternative, back to the land lifestyle.
     
  4. caberjim

    caberjim Stableboy III

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    Did Ken put this idea in his book? $499 is a nice return.
     
  5. KindredCanuck

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  6. MaineFarmMom

    MaineFarmMom Columnist, Feature Writer

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    Have I got a deal for someone! For only $10 I'll give someone hands-on experience in Hen House Painting 101 and at no extra charge, Manure Shoveling 400.
     
  7. fin29

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    Yup--and I'll give you $10 to come to my farm and take my courses: "Cleaning Out Your Chicken Pen For Dummies" and "Build My Chicken Tractors While I Watch."
     
  8. MullersLaneFarm

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    Kid you not, we have two families from the city that have begged us to pay us to let them stay here for a weekend or week to do what we do every day ....

    We were planning on building a summer kitchen. We may just make it large enough to accomodate sleeping of 4 people...
     
  9. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Don't know who he is, but the website screams amateur hour. It could well be that he's an utter professional who knows from whence he speaks, but the website does not appear to support this.

    Just my humble opinion.
     
  10. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    you would be amazed, when we had our place in ND, i had a wiaintg list of families who wanted to come out for a weekend, i charged 100.00 per couple , for the weekend, covered food , a little profit, and my lost time playing escort
    they got queen sized bed, shared bathroom , and woke up at 7 am to help start chores, helped milking feeding collecting eggs, weeding , etc, whatever i had planned to do , if they pitched in great if they sat and watched, fine, what was i out .. about 30 minutes to do laundry, and a couple of larger meals,
     
  11. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

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    P.T. Barnum is dead but his philosophy lives on. :haha:
     
  12. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    Actually, you have to give the folks who want to "try it on" before they buy into the lifestyle some credit.
    It all sounds great in the books and magazines, fresh air, real exercise, blah blah blah... If you've lived in a city all your life, how would know if you would enjoy it?

    I'm not going to scoff at them for taking things one step at a time.
    Anyway, I appreciate that they're not the ones buying up all the local property for big city bucks and making my taxes go up!
    Lots of those folks are going to find out that they hate the country life, will swamp the market with land for sale and prices will take a dive. You can't bet the dang taxes won't go back down, though!
     
  13. rwood

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    This is a great diversified income for you homestead, I wouldnt knock it.

    As we are still in the planning stage of our move (hopefully by Christmas), we will be designing the house with a guest wing for this kind of income generator.

    Our homestead will be about 2 hours from the capital city in our state, and people will be lining up to come and have a hands on weekend. Harvesting grapes, picking olives etc and sitting around afterwards enjoying a home cooked self sufficient meal as the sun goes down (and a few glasses of last years vintage).

    A market survey suggests $100pp per night (Friday night, Saturday night and leave Sunday) is a reasonable charge (Australian Dollars). 4 people = $400 a night, $800 the weekend, figure 26 weekends (more or less) of the year, $20,800pa.

    Who wanted to know how to gain more income off their property????

    As a business idea the banks would lend you 2 years Income ($40,000) to set up the accomodation (if you dont already have it), the rougher the better.

    Not to mention farm gate sales of your produce to these guests........do your own numbers, but its not bad.

    The popularity of this website, and its attraction to those not even on the land would suggest there is a market to be tapped here.

    IMHO
    Raphael in Australia