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#1 Posted : Saturday, July 18, 2009 5:05:50 PM
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I have a degree in Landscape design and what you are talking about could be a very profitable niche in the landscaping industry. In todays economy people are looking for ways to save money. One easy way to save money would be to cut down on lawn maintance at the same time you are growing some of your own food.

It is also important to note that during times of bad economy people tend to spend money on improving their home and property rather than going on vacations or buying new cars. It would be an ideal time to start such a business.

#2 Posted : Monday, July 20, 2009 4:48:27 PM
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I agree that this would be a worthwhile venture.It could be as simple as loadind your tools into the trunk and just offering your knowledge and strong back to folks who could never afford to hire a landscape design company.

#3 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:00:50 PM
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Hi, MBA,  I think you have a workable idea.  I might even go it a step further and call it training or instruction as well, so customers could learn to do these things for themselves by watching and perhaps working with you. Maybe call the service a sort of "Sustainable Gardening Coach" (that makes housecalls)?  Teach them where to get seeds, tools and supplies, and how to do it by themselves, eventually.

I like your website. You should plug it a little more here. Give us a hyperlink to click on. You've got some good ideas. We discourage spammers here, but if you're a regular forum contributor, and want to share good ideas such as these, link us to it.


#4 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:00:50 PM
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Has anyone ever thought to make permaculturing other people's landscape as an income producing job?

Wouldn't that be an income that is an extension of what we all seem to do best? -Self Reliance? Isn't that what the world needs now? More resilience in an uncertain world?

I've been thinking about starting a permaculture / landscape business from my own sources of plants and designing/installing permanent gardens for others. I read about it on http://nomowgrass.com/green.htm] (Green Jobs) where they encourage installing short grasses around home gardens to reduce the maintenance of walkways and in small urban gardens - they use the grass as grazing for small animals (chickens & rabbits).

It would really be great to talk to others who are thinking of doing or are doing the same thing-

My thanks in advance!
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