Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities (S2MFC) – Design Parameters Vr 1.01

The Vision

Creating a Land Development Model for the Successful Replication of…

Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities (S2MFC)
Design Assumptions Worksheet for Prototype Development

Objective: To effectively and significantly nurture the “self-sustaining” micro-farming life movement by designing and building dedicated self-sustaining communities – not quite communal, not quite 100% off the grid but micro-farming and bartering centric as well as human synergy centric with a self-sustaining focus.

Success Defined
1) Proof of the community’s vibrancy, potency, and quality of human synergy as quantified via productivity and sustainability as a human/nature eco-system.
2) Financial perspective – a specific percentage of the lots are sold at a minimum price and within a specific timeframe;  the “human + nature” eco-system that evolves as a community is healthy, creative and productive wherein the S2MFC Vision proves a qualitative and quantitative success allowing for the birth of the next generation of S2MFC’s; and, finally, land and property value increases at a minimum rate/time.

Next Steps
First Macro Step-of-Steps: Design, build, test and learn from the first Prototype community.

First Micro Step-of-Steps: Develop the prototype design and feature and benefit variables.  To this end the below document is a knowledge development and group/team discussion starting point for those  team members involved at this early “Visioning” stage.

Assumptions-of-Design: Here is a list of variables for consideration within the S2MFC design model.  This is simply a starting point for discussion and tuning.

  1. Basic land development and property and building feature variables
  2. Are there common yet fundamental self-sustaining community development parameters that will allow for a “development model template” design?
  3. Is the application of systems thinking applicable?
  4. Property natural resource parameter minimums, as a matrix?
  5. Building type, design of whole, basic “home” structural design + additions + options?

Assuming some form of template and replicate-able model can be created let’s us look at the basic parameters-as-design-assumptions and the associated questions that we would need to consider:

  1. Min/max rainfall?
  2. Watershed quantities and qualities?
  3. Min days of sunshine?
  4. Optimal or min/max temperatures
  5. Plant season lengths/duration?
  6. Quality of soil/fertility?
  7. Quality of ground water or existing well, or, optimally, healthy spring availability?
  8. Proximity to “the electric grid” if chosen-as-necessary;
  9. Proximity to towns, cities and other types of communities for farm goods and other market purchases, community sales of goods and bartering/exchange… and more.

Would we need to develop and share a core and aligning “Community Philosophy; and as self-sustaining community Brand for marketing and attracting he right folks to these communities…

We are assuming a prototype development here, and then, if proven successful as a vital and potent self-sustaining experience-as-community, more developments.

  1. Community vegetable, grain fields and livestock yards, or not?
  2. Is this an option in the S2MFC or not?
  3. Community gathering space, or not?
  4. “Buyer” filtering based on, for example, the seriousness of “buyer/member” interest in farming their property, etc.), or not?
  5. Optimal size of community 10 owners/families. 20? Less than 50?
  6. How does size affect community self-sustaining quality of life… and other variables?
  7. Optimal lot size: 1.0/2.0acres? 5 acres? Or multiple options of: 1, 2 and 5 acres per owner/family?
  8. We assume 1 residential home structure per lot so, what should these have as standard features:
  9. Wood burning stove(s)?
  10. Solar roofs, and electrical sys – per housing unit  and per Community?
  11. Propane, electric and water
  12. Sewer/septic
  13. Garage/Tools shed
  14. 2bds/1.5bth, 3bds/2bths and 4bds/3bth, other config’s
  15. Home features, e.g. interior/exterior, rooms, additions, building materials
  16. How much construction and out-building design-control is optimal? Why?

Additional property structures/buildings-as-features or multi-purpose outbuildings for processing and more, such  as:

  1. Processing and storage building/shed(s) for:
  2. Vegetables/Canning?
  3. Dairy?
  4. Poultry?
  5. Meats?
  6. Meat production life-cycle (rendering rooms/outside structures)?
  7. Green house(s)/lot?
  8. Drying?
  9. Root cellar?
  10. Hay, grasses, anaimal feed & other dry storage?
  11. Tools & storage structures?
  12. Larger equipment storage structures? (large community use barn?)
  13. Separate workshop structure?
  14. Smoke house/shed?

What build types of building structures and food processing might naturally and conceivably be used and performed, respectively,  as a team, group or whole community; or be simply added to the total development so it would be effectively used when needed for the community or groups of micro-farm owners, e.g.:

  1. Community central smoke-house?
  2. Community meeting space?
  3. Classrooms and training room(s)?
  4. Community kitchen and dining area?
  5. Non-denominational community spiritual space/building?
  6. Playground; nature walk; developed lake, pond, river, hills or forest, etc recreation area?
  7. Do we really need ANY of these added “community spaces?” (They do cost money to build and the “developer” is doing the building.)

Finally, it would be wise to consider the ecology of the land as a feature and as a valuable resources, e.g.:

Is there an abundance of mature trees (firewood, building materials, worm feed from organic wood scraps, natural shade, health-ier air, etc.)?

  1. Open, non-flowing, water, e.g. lakes, ocean, ponds, swampland, etc.)?
  2. Rivers and streams (energy, fishing, growing food)?
  3. Minerals that can be utilized by the community?
  4. Plant-life ecosystem that can be utilized?
  5. Geo-thermal resources?

Land Purchase and Development Assumptions and variables.

Some of the above assumptions, after they have to be fine-tuned, would affect the prototype and future land purchases.  Other critical land-purchase assumptions are not indicated above, including:

  1. Land price-to-value ratio?
  2. Total terrain topology and type-feasibility, e.g. degree of farmable land versus non-farmable and/ or non-buildable; natural resources; distance to more concentrated populations?
  3. Natural resources assays’ and assessments of the land –  local to regionally available?
  4. City, township, county, state building permit restrictions and permit process ease or difficulty?
  5. Unscrupulous tendencies of various permit agencies and personnel?
  6. Materials transport distances and material supply availability as a cost variable?
  7. Local construction supplier and talent resources per all aspects of land and structural and infrastructural development?
  8. Social issues of building a self-sustaining micro-farming community – local people antagonism or positive response?
  9. Social-political issues per municipal, county and state and federal government antagonism, neutrality or positive interest?
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About JohnBrian

I am a fairly curious man.... who enjoys a very broad variety of things. Mostly I like to be involved with people and ideas, projects or ventures that have potentially transformative social value. Most recent consulting work: www.mobiustechnologies.com I've participated in 12 Start-Ups in 25 years. 3 of my own. My Blogs / Life-Work Projects: http://imonad.wordpress.com - Ecology-of-Mind: A human and human systems evolutionary ontology described with supporting content http://LeToonz.wordpress.com - The Evolutionary Ontology with associated Technologies and Products http://GETTheVision.wordpress.com - A 65yr, 3-generation B-Plan-of-Plans https://microfarmingcommunity.wordpress.com - A Vision and Plan for Building Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities in USA I've learned that new-business success is dependent on a certain team quality - natural human synergy. Stuff have dipped my toes in over time.... applications, apps, theoretical and applied neuropsychology, education, social metrics, social media, marketing, branding, identity, coaching, learning, performance and evolution, identity, privacy, ecology-of-mind, brain interface, collective intelligence, big data, future technology, trending, start-ups, emergent technology, R&D, product development, testing and roll out, toys, games, music, video, sourcing, contracts, operations, systems modeling, public speaking, funding, green technology Direct Contact: thejohnbrian@gmail.com
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10 Responses to Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities (S2MFC) – Design Parameters Vr 1.01

  1. ceciliag says:

    Hi John. We just decided to get on with it. We have a tiny wee farm in illinois, taking land out of corn and into real sustainable farming.. You have a much bigger vision, we just want to feed ourselves and our friends and family good food.. nothing fancy. Am looking forward to seeing what you guys get up to. Someone has to be visible. Someone needs to get out there and change things. We are just at ground level, trucking along..growing, cooking, talking, eating.. c

    • JohnBrian says:

      Cecil, would you do me a huge favor and re-post you wonderful comment in the “Comments” post thread I put up… just after you posted 😦 . Thank you. I could cut/paste your post myself but I would loose your link and icon, etc. in the process.

  2. JohnBrian says:

    Brava! Cecil and Family. Sounds like a wonderful life you are living and creating for yourselves. And you’re right “Someone has to be visible. Someone needs to get out there and change things.”

    The reason I am looking hard at a “community” level concept is because of the needed focus IMO on the value of human synergy between micro-farmers; the healthy bartering system that would naturally occur within the community; and just knowing folks are right there to lend a helping hand if and when needed (like when you want to take a vacation. LOL). It’s about collaboration between micro-farming families who are within walking distance to each other and within this dedicated and larger community/village.

    Also can you imagine the “Farmer’s Market” that could come out of the “community” as a whole? I envision/think it would be an amazing market in terms of variety, consistency, freshness and quantity of product thru the seasons… and, it is “assumed”, such a “Community or Village Farmer’s Market” may become a destination market for city dwellers looking for great farm goods. 🙂 I even see a “Brand” of fertilizer(s) coming out of the community (animal waste stream) and bagged, labeled and sold under the community name… One can dream, right?

  3. Yes, thats exactly what I wanted to hear! Great stuff here. The details and the detail were just perfect. I think that your perspective is deep, its just well thought out and actually fantastic to see an individual who knows the way to put these thoughts down so nicely. Fantastic job on this.

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  7. Chantal Janse van Rensburg says:

    Hi John, I can’t believe I have found someone that has the precise vision as we do! It’s amazing! We live in Cape Town, South Africa, and have had this dream and vision for 2 years now. I am not a farmer but I grew up on a farm and would love for my kids to grow up on a farm, or farming community. We deviated from this dream that we had 2 years ago and have now picked it up again and are starting to become really serious about it! I have been doing alot of research the last couple of weeks of where and how to start if we wanted to make our dream a reality…and I came across your site. I was gob smacked, you managed to write down everything that we have had in our heads and in our hearts! Well done to you! I would love to hear more about how you are going to go about making this a reality, as even though we are on opposite ends of the world I would be amazing to learn from a living prototype. I wish you all the best and hope you are making some headway and have not abandoned this idea!

    • JohnBrian says:

      Chantal, unfortunately life has also taken me on a journey down multiple rivers… and some of these have formed and run in parallel lol

      This is my excuse for the inexcusable lateness in reply.

      The vision i have articulated here came out of many discussion with a friend who has developed a wonderful micro-farm very close to the Olympic National Forest in Washington State, USA.

      I realized via these discussion and research that followed that individually created/lived micro-farms failure was very high and this was due to a variety of common factors. These factors led me to a number of insights the core being that there needs to be a community model that provides essential human aptitude and competence synergies as well as produces essential economies-of-scale.

      This human/family “synergy-centric” model was then wrapped conceptually within an existing housing/homes land development model… bare and plotted land with essential road and sewer(septic or alternative waste recycling), electric (and/or alternative energy),etc infrastructure already in place.

      The buyer then customizes their micro-farm home and barn and killing shed and smoke shed and planting areas, and coups, and etc… etc… much like a home buyer in this model would select their plot, home design, roof type, landscaping style, interior hardware, etc…

      I have not taken this research and vision, nor my existing expertise in its realization, to the next level… it is as it stands a Vision for others to utilize as they have come to similar conclusions.

      This is no doubt in my mind that the singular attempt by a lone family to live the micro-farming life is fraught with almost insurmountable obstacles. VERY few people/couples/families have the wholistic, requisites skills across all the necessary fields of knowledge and experience PLUS the requisite understanding and energies concerning the effort involved…. 10-16 hr days/365. This is why the community model is the best approach IMHO 🙂 And when I say “community” I DO NOT mean commune. The commune model is very different to the Vision i am putting form though there is overlap. I my model there is a merging of distinct independence for each and every family and there is community based interactions that allow for success of the whole community as an integrated operational environment, e.g. everybody donates their (weighed and recorded) chicken (…or rabbit, or pig, or goat, etc) feces for the creation of specialized varieties of fertilizers… which can be used by the community OR can be packaged and sold under the community brand name as an actual product in the incredibly vibrant and attractive destination Community Farm Stand, or on the community eCommerce website, or Amazon.com 😉 … So, there is a form of positive and balanced capitalism that thrives within this community.

      I you and your partner need to look at any issues your are running into let me know and myself or my successful micro-farming friend may be able to help.

      Veery best of luck in your efforts and pls forgive nmy unforgiveable tardiness in reply.

      Brian
      01.916.261.4016
      J. Brian Hennessy
      the johnbrian@gmail.com

      Current loc: Arvin, CA

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