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Cute goats and chicken watering business update

Thanks for all the nice comments on our recent homesteading videos.

One of our goals for 2016 is to reach out to more people through Youtube by making good short videos on more of the things we do around here.

Why are we adding more videos to the blog? The main reason is that the chicken watering business has slowed down to a trickle which means it's time to create a new revenue stream or go back to substitute teaching.

What can you do to help? Keep reading the blog, tell a friend, subscribe to our Youtube channel, click the thumbs up button if you like the video. Suggestions are welcome from any of you readers that use Youtube to supplement your income.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have tried to promote your waterers on the local backyard chickens facebook group when I can, but I hear "I can buy those at the feed store" and I don't know if it's true or if a similar nipple is available.
Comment by Eric Thu Dec 17 17:39:54 2015
Eric --- That's very kind of you! There are a lot of copy cats out there now --- lower quality but cheaper too. Which is why we're changing gears with our businesses and focusing more on writing and blogging. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Dec 17 19:40:03 2015

Hi Anna and Mark and all,

I have been reading and re-reading Dr. Wrench's 'Restoring the peasantry' book/treatise on recently.

My BIG question seems to be basically the same one as yours? How do I produce the $$ to keep things going? And I read all that you and Mark write wondering what I might do the help, what I might do, etc.

Dr. Wrench's remarks have a lot to do with the problems of asking farmer's to pay in currency rather than produce.

All that said, I have yet to find a real suggestion for myself except get back to doing what I used to do and do it as well as I can. [ I was 'manufacturing' electronics. ]

The world has changed a LOT. But chasing the nickels seems to be the way to success for me at least right now.

These current economic times remind me a lot of what it was like when I first got into business many many years ago. Chase the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves. So I have started doing that the best I can.

 Good luck to you both and a very Merry Christmas to both of you.

Comment by John Fri Dec 18 15:02:45 2015

Now that you have the video thing going, why not expand the youtube idea by doing some instructive videos, to be either downloaded for a fee, or actual hard copy dvd's produced for sale. Youtube videos could be teasers, or excerpts, of a full length instructive. You have so much knowledge of numerous gardening in your books, but videos are so great for those of us who are visual learners. I would pay to watch demos of things like grafting, or pruning, or seed saving, or pond building, or goat milking!
Another possibility would be webinars, though the logistics of that might be more difficult.

Comment by Deb Fri Dec 18 18:40:03 2015

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