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Farms do best with animals and crops grown in cooperation together.
Crops feed the animals, animal manure feeds the crops, and they both feed you!
Polyculture farming can be as simple as a garden and rabbits or chickens, or as elaborate as garden, fields, livestock, fish, bees and other insects, vermiculture, fungiculture (mushrooms!), orchards, aviaries, roof gardens, greenhouses and shade gardens, and more.
The defining feature is that each thing on your farm benefits other things on your farm, and that nothing is grown in isolation.
Natural polyculture farming is farming at its best! Each thing on the farm does what nature designed it to do. Chickens scratch the dirt, pigs plow up dead stumps and dig out stubborn weeds, goats eat brush and weedy fields, and you get eggs, pork, and milk in addition to what they do naturally! Your garden does not just produce some vegetables in the summer and then die and lay there until you clear it next spring, it provides food for your animals all year, gives your chickens a winter home (or grows a winter crop!), and produces mulch.
Rather than industrial agriculture which is micromanaged by people, you create a stylized imitation of nature, and partner WITH her to let her do what she does best, and to encourage her efforts to produce MORE, in LESS SPACE, with LESS WORK.
All that, and organic too! BETTER than organic! Truly natural.
Firelight Heritage Farm is owned and operated by Kevin and Laura Wheeler. The farm has been located on city lots, in country acreage, and has been mobile (mushrooms, microgreens, container gardens, and portable containment for the animals). It has continued through almost every circumstance under which a farm may be operated, against great opposition, and in very difficult circumstances. When they say "Anyone Can Farm", they not only mean it, they know it from personal experience.
Kevin and Laura have earned from their farm through a variety of enterprises, including on-farm manufacturing of handmade product, sale of farm production, sale of farming instructions, and many other sources of money from their farm. Their farming experience, when combined with their long years of experience with web development and business startup and business recovery consulting makes them uniquely suited to aiding others in laying a solid foundation to earn a successful living right from the farm.
The experience of the team with mushroom cultivation, foraging, and processing adds a unique dimension to their farm consulting services. Laura's books on farming and marketing topics are available through their own books website, and many are available through Amazon on Kindle.
Laura's experience with market analysis, product development, product assessment, and her creative approach to problem solving regarding shoestring business startup provides her clients with an abundant pool of knowledge and practical help to move past barriers and to establish a workable plan which can be successfully carried out.
Kevin and Laura have either operated, or observed and aided in the operation of virtually every business model, including the sale of services, shipped items, personally delivered goods, trade fair sales, online sales, drop-ship business models, ad sales and affiliate marketing, replicated business sales, distributorships and other business models. They bring this experience to the table every time they work with a client to assist them in establishing a solid and lucrative business of their own.