In a grand act of bioengineering we can accept that diverse forests are the most stream-lined technology that exists in soaking up the energy of the sun. By removing ourselves from the equation in whatever possible, we allow the powerhouse that is nature to be itself, and work for free.
It sounds silly, but by simply not doing, you can do more. And in this way reduce costs. Organic methods require much less energy, because they allow the greatest investors to be the sun, the rain, the wind and the soil. They allow us to relax. Nature can take care of herself.
Only requiring us at key moments in the yearly cycles, Stewards only have to be present for a third of the year while earning a full year’s pay. The rest of their year belongs to them. Which they can choose to spend on their own interests, or even, develop a craft whose materials can be grown on the land.
After the first few years, forests begin to fertilize themselves and don’t require large amounts of fertilizers. Where Industrial methods fall back on yearly applications of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, regicides, insecticides, all sorts of soil ammendments, as well tractor’s needed to apply them, and the labor it takes to apply it all, organic methods aim to do the least they can and foment the health of the system.
A principal cost disappeared.
Then, just like our bodies, when they’re healthy, protect us through the immune system, the forest’s dynamic equilibrium maintains its health. Resistance to disease and extreme conditions save us from another slew of unnecessary costs and interventions.
By keeping the use of machines to an absolute minimum and maintaining strict paths, the soil doesn’t compact, and when healthy soils don’t erode, they retain up to 99% of the mineral wealth from year to year, and will actually gain more than they lose.
Forests will crescendo in fertility each year as their roots have more fertility from which to eat. They produce more.
And to generate profit in a forest , there is no need to wait years before the first harvest is made. Working with short, medium and long term plantations in the same space, the first harvest can be collected the first year.
In a single space there can be line of chestnuts that will take 15 years to mature planted on the north side of some pears and currants that will begin to produce in 5 and 3 years respectively, and those can be planted over some quinoa which will produce the first year with some other annual or perennial planted every year after.
Let’s talk money
Ecology is wonderful, but if something isn’t profitable, people won’t plant it. For something to spread far and wide, and be imitated it needs to turn a profit.
To do this you first need an approximate budget that’s more or less accurate.
Specifically you need to know how much they need per year. How much does it take to run everything for a year. A large percentage over that is what the forest should be making every year.
And for this there needs to be an appropriate balance between the amount of Stewards, and the amount of land.
With a flat rate of 12.50 an hour, each 8 hour work day would sum 100. For each steward to earn 10k a year, a full year’s salary, they must work about 100 days a year. Or 500 days in total between the team of 5.
In the first few years the majority of this time will be spent in planting and establishing the forest, but eventually the majority of hours will be spent on maintenance and harvest, with a possible distribution of time looking like this.
Days of work a year
Therefore there will need to be 250 days of work spent on maintenance and 200 on harvest, once established. And with each hectare requiring ____ days of maintenance and ____ days of harvest a year, the ideal amount of hectares to be managed becomes ____.
Before any Nucleus can have a profit from which to fund new Nucleuses, each stewards must be able to generate their own salary of 10k a year, as well as fund the costs of general maintenance which are ____.
A team of 5 Stewards must then generate at least 50 + __(price of maintenance) __ k a year, with everything over that going to fund new Nucleuses.