Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quotations from the Garden

"When families outsource their food production and processing, they lose the economic and educational benefits that such activities engender. Remember, a dollar saved is worth almost $1.50 because you don’t have to pay taxes on what you save—only on what you earn. So if you don’t have to earn it, you don’t have to pay taxes on it. If a family can displace $5,000 in groceries, that’s worth $7,500 of earned income. Suddenly home economics takes on new significance.

Rather than seeing multi-level marketing or newspaper routes as the only solutions for family-based business, we need to appreciate the opportunities in neighbor-oriented food sales. A rule of thumb in vegetable production is $1 per square foot of ground. In intensive raised bed and square-foot gardening type systems, this can be quadrupled. But even if we assumed the lowest figure, that’s more than $40,000 per acre."
–Joel Salatin
(From the HEAV Magazine Article "Turn your Home and Yard into a Profit Center" by Joel Salatin)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Anna,
    I've just found your blog - actually a friend forwarded it to me, knowing my own interest in growing veg. We are a homeschooling family from Scotland, and 2 years ago, having built our home where we have plenty land, we began growing our own veg. I can't believe the grip it has got on me! It has been amazing seeing God's creation at work; it is fabulous seeing home-grown veg on the table; and it has been a significant financial saving for us too. I LOVE it!
    Please visit my blog any time.
    Love, Anne x