The Lincoln County Permaculture Entrepreneurship Incubator will be meeting on February 22, Saturday at 1:05 P.M. in the basement of the Toledo Library. We will be exploring forming ideas into Oregon’s new “Benefit Companies” for local food production and food security. All of these product ideas need to be refined and developed before they can be “hatched” into a “Benefit Company”. That is the purpose of the Incubator. In the incubator, a person with only an idea will discover that they can be successful with:
No Technology breakthrough
Little Understanding of Market Research
Little or No Formal Training
No Business Plan
Little or No Experience
It all depends on the person Entrepreneurial Mindset. The following ideas listed below are just ideas that solve problems; any one of them could be turned into a successful business, if a person has the right Mindset.
EarthBarrels© – Local food production on the Oregon Coast is challenging because of the cold Oregon’s spring rains. The Coast’s ground is cold until usually June or early July. With EarthBarrels© a tomato plant can be planted in April and you can have ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July on the Coast.
Since they are containers they can sit anywhere: on a deck, in a yard, on the sidewalk. They are half full of water, approximately 20+ gallons. The water collects the heat of the sun and stores that heat in the water in the water reservoir. The heat gives back to the plants at night. They do need their water replenished once a week.
Chicken Sanctuary – The most obvious way to attain freedom from the industrial food scene is to produce your food yourself. Our EarthBarrels© project can address the growing of vegetables, but what about animal products? Cows, sheep, and goats are too big and cumbersome for most yards, while chickens are small, relatively quiet, willing to eat just about anything, and they can produce a steady stream of eggs. So – here’s a quick look at backyard chickens with an emphasis on egg laying – the Chicken Sanctuary
Chicken Sanctuary – a movable chicken coop with an automatic door opener/closer. In addition to being able to enjoy the chickens’ antics (and eggs), it allows you to take advantage of a chicken’s natural behaviors to benefit your garden and yard. Your chickens would have daily access to all the bugs, wild seeds, grass, forage and their waste is an effective fertilizer. This will also keep your chickens safe.
Bee Barrel – Anyone can produce natural honey in their backyard with the BeeBarrel©. The BeeBarrel© is designed to mimic nature. Unlike commercial hives, it doesn’t have frames, foundations, or excluders. Instead, it just has top bars, allowing the bees to do what they’d do in a fallen log: build beautiful, natural combs.
You can procure bees by setting up a bee trap, capturing a swarm or buying a “package” or nucleus from a fellow beekeeper. After one full summer, you’ll reap the reward: wonderful, homegrown honey.
Weed Busters – Weed Busters is a low-impact, goat-fueled weed removal service. They help businesses and homeowners landscape their properties in a safe and eco-friendly way, at a competitive price. They can save you up to 50% compared to hiring people and machinery to clear your land.
There are no fees to join the Incubator. There are no products, services or courses sold at the Incubator. In the Incubator you are not lectured on how to do it; at the Incubator you will be doing it.
So if You Want to:
Produce local food?
Help your community?
Care for the environment?
Create a successful business?
You don’t need a business idea or business plan to attend – just the desire to be your own boss, a willingness to learn, and an interest in local food production.
Don’t have enough money? Someone else does.
Don’t have enough knowledge? Someone else does.
Don’t have enough time? Someone else does.
The Incubator can help you find those “someone else’s” who want to support companies with a heart.
Incubator Mentors: Carl & Coralee Palmer
Art of Sustainable Living of Siletz