Maybe dreams really do come true. I’m only in initial negotiations at this time (as of yesterday), and there will be a thousand and one hurdles to jump before I can actually claim the existence of my concept institute, “Ma’s Greensmart Institute”, but it finally has a glimmer of hope.
It seems that both ladies, Fate and Destiny have kissed my cheeks. My new farm will be located in the same village, no more than a quarter mile from my experimental garden. It is a fifty-acre parcel with fifty-three, two story homes that range from two thousand sq ft to thirty-six hundred sq ft, one quarter of which is covered in Aspen trees. Under these Aspens I will raise free range pigs (ten to start) and fowl (chickens egg hens 600/ cockerels 600, turkey 20, black skin chickens 200 and guinea hens 30.
This hidden community will operate in the guise of a restaurant/ Bed & Breakfast; country living with all the perks. Guest can choose to stay for one night or stay as long as they want. Each house will be themed with an attached sunroom featuring an AP system, from which guest are fed. Seasonal crops will be featured in wonderful, exciting ways; all with the purpose to educate and demonstrate a better way to live and eat. Guest, not only get THE most wholesome food available in Beijing but they will know why our food is so different. In the summer, guests are invited for a two o’clock check-in and at three o’clock, start a two-hour tour. Guests can see for themselves what goes into producing truly wholesome foods.
Once guest go through our tour, they then have a right to preorder next seasons harvest and book their next stayover. It is our intention that everything we sell be consumed on premise. Only CSA members can buy and take fish, eggs and chicken off premise.
This labor-intensive eco-farm will bring city scale pay to at least one hundred and fifty villagers, giving local young people a reason to stay in the countryside. These young “apprentices” will intern for a minimum of two years, learning valuable, applicable skills, which they can transfer home to make an independent living or cooperate to form a greater supply chain.
Aquaponics would be a major focal point in demonstrating urban organic harvesting. Each house would have both an indoor and out door AP system. Guest are welcome to buy systems for home use. Our first fish will be Carp and Koi in conjunction with ducks. As we expand we will add tilapia then trout, sturgeon and shrimp to our menu.
Grains produced on premise are reserved to demonstrate how we grow sprouts as fodder, especially in the winter for our fowl, sheep and rabbits. External organic grain is grown in another field in the village.
More to come…..
Please critique. I really need to know if I left something out.