Organic micro businesses are thriving in…
farmer’s markets all over the world like this one in West Jefferson, North Carolina, Smalltown USA.
So let’s share two organic micro business case studies.
There are three reasons why organic micro business ideas are good now.
First… this type of business is in tune with the times. Your chances of success are enhanced by a growing awareness (and willingness to pay for) good food. Home grown food evokes nostalgia, a powerful marketing force in tough times. The idea is that “people want what they perceive they have lost”.
Recognizing what you feel you have lost, is a way to to earn income wherever you live.
Problems create opportunity.
Having lost something is a problem.
Since each of us represents a unique market… if we can understand what we feel we have lost… we can understand a problem that many others also feel.
Second… an organic micro business is good business beyond the bottom line. Organic farming provides a sustainable… long term benefit for your customers… your land and your own body. Getting out and working in the earth can help balance health.
We need to treat our bodies and this earth better!
Third… an organic micro business can be fulfilling.
Many of us have become so dependent on society that… as we see the infrastructure around us crumble we feel apprehensive. We move around day by day followed by a niggling black cloud.
We have lost simpler times… when we were not so dependent on a system that is so far beyond of our control.
For example, if for any reason the internet does not work… I am out of business.
If for any reason the national food distribution system stops, I cannot eat.
If for any reason, gasoline supplies are cut off, I cannot travel. Etc. Etc.
Access to these supplies are beyond my control.
That is one reason that we moved to an isolated North Carolina farm 13 years ago.. a survival place… where we also love to be even though the system we depend upon is working fine.
I would like our farm to be more independent and sustainable.
The growing risks of a social economic systemic meltdown have created a window where the past and future have come together.
We perceive we have lost a simple, independent life. In the future we may need to be more independent again.
So we can logically ask, “What needs for the future are now here?”
Here are five “the future is now” investing and business trends that have merged. They seem to have a bright future.
#1: Gain value added. This is the era when small and flexible are beautiful. Modern community technology makes it possible for even micro businesses to virtually integrate. I’ll give you a specific in a moment.
#2: Invest in real estate. I know, I know people keep saying that prices are going down. Yet these same people keep having kids without making more land. This looks like an opportunity distortion to me.
#3: Bet on inflation. I do not see how with the massive government bailouts this will not happen everywhere…to a great extent.
#4: Invest in alternative power and sustainability. The same fundamentals as for real estate are at work…more kids…no more fresh water…trees…soil…clean air…etc. Plus one factor more. Each child born expects more.
#5: Invest in natural health. The current social economic lifestyle is flawed. The acquisition of stuff creates too much work…leading to too much stress…with too little time…and poor nutrition…leading to pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. This intervention costs too much and is not a pleasant, effective approach that optimizes maximum human efficiency.
An organic micro business can tap into all five of these trends and I believe that anyone who invests or has a business in them has great potential.
Here are two “here and now” case studies about this that relate to organic micro business opportunities.
Organic Micro business Case Study #1: Amazing Cucumbers.
Yesterday Ted Tidwell who manufactures Organic Bio Wash, which I have written about often, sent me this note.
“In a non-BioWashed 100′ by 100′ area, the normal cucumber yield is 30 buckets. Mike Doyle’s greenhouse grower in Alberta, Canada, BioWashed a 100′ by 100′ area. It produced 140 buckets!!!!
“His grower diluted our new BioWash100 at the rate of one (1) ounce per four (4) gallons of water and sprayed his vines at ten (10) day intervals. His vines did not grow as long as normal. Instead, the energy increased his yield over 400%. Needless to say, Mike now has an excited group of growers seeking his product. His new business is booming.”
This case study presents two opportunities… first growing organic foods. Second… exporting and selling Bio Wash. You can get details about this from Ted Tidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may want to grow some organic cukes of your own because cucumbers are a healthy fruit from the same family as pumpkin, zucchini and other squashes.
100 grams of cucumber has
• Vitamin A 180 I.U.
• Niacin Trace
• Vitamin C 9 mg.
• Calcium 32 mg.
• Iron 1.8 mg.
• Phosphorus 27 mg.
• Potassium 80 mg.
• Carbohydrates 17 gm.
• Calories 70
Some of the reported health benefits include
• Cucumber is best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.
• Helps in kidney and urinary bladder disease.
• Liver disease
• Pancreatic disease
• The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high and low blood pressure.
• Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.
• The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote the growth of hair, especially when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach.
• A mixture of cucumber juice with carrot juice is said to be beneficial for rheumatic conditions resulting from excessive uric acid in the body.
• Cucumber juice is also valuable for helping diseases of the teeth, gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.
• The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
• Cucumber, radish and bitter gourd are beneficial in diabetes.
Here is a great recipe for quinoa tabouleh with cucumber (from Jean Marie Butterlin)
Bring equal volumes quinoa and water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all water is absorbed. Amaranth takes about 10-12 minutes and quinoa 12-15 minutes. Experiment to find the texture you prefer.
Let it cool to room temperature and then add thinly cut tomato, thinly cut red onions, olive oil, lime and lemon juice, plenty of cilantro with salt and pepper and lots of diced or sliced cucumber. See more about quinoa and quinoa tabouleh here.
See tomorrow’s message for the second Organic micro Business Case Study #2.
Learn more about bio wash at our Quantum Wealth course in West Jefferson North Carolina, June 24 to 27.
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