Black People : The Beginning of Economic Self-Sufficiency

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  1. Knowledge Seed

    Knowledge Seed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    As a nation of people, African Americans spend $800 billion annually. Its time we started spending that money amongst ourselves and for ourselves.

    Below, you will find a few ideas to use for starting to become economically self-sufficient.

    Gardening- Grow your own food. Modern technology has taken away the excuse of "I don't live in the right environment." If you live in an area like NY or Chicago, you can employ technology such as hydroponics or Cuba's Organoponics to grow your food in ANY environment.

    Feed yourself and your family- For every single item you grow in your garden, you should come up with as many recipes as possible for each one. Talk to a vegan/vegetarian. They'll give you some good ideas. If you don't personally know any vegans/vegetarians, contact your local Black Vegetarian Society of America chapter.

    Establish at least one line of Residual Income- This is probably the most important thing you can do. Residual Income is money that you continually make even after you quit working. It doesn't have to be the six-figure checks that my profession(Network Marketing) often brag about. It may just be an extra $300 -$500 a month.

    Invest in stocks- Yes, I know about the economic "crisis" and the "crash" of the stock market. Ignore that garbage. The stock market is creating millionaires for those who are watching the trends. Invest in the best companies and most proven companies in the fields of health & wellness, Network Marketing or technology and you will benefit immensely.

    Health care- Once you've got a garden growing, find out how to use your plants for healing purposes. It may be as simple as eating a certain fruit or vegetable. Or it may be a little more complex and require you to make some actual recipes.

    Please add your ideas to this thread. All input is necessary.
     
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    Our best modern-day model for establishing self-sufficiency is Cuba.

    If you are in the field of health care or are studying to become a health care professional, Cuba is the place for you to go.

    If you're into gardening, Cuba is also the best place for you to learn from.

    If at all possible, I'd like to set up a fund of some sort here at Destee so I can begin employing technology on my garden and then expanding it to a nationwide project.

    Maybe we can get a committee of people here together and brainstorm on how to develop organic farms in our local communities. Then, decide on what cities should produce what and begin exchanging produce/products.
     
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    there already is a fund...

    it's called premium membership
     
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    Knowledge Seed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    And to what projects has that fund contributed?
     
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    you are here ain't you?

    the site is still alive ain't it?
     
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    Thats not a project. Thats how Destee makes her money.
     
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    True, that; and collective effort is needed in equal measure

    The individual methodoligies you mention are important and an equal amount of collective effort along the lines of the Nguzo Saba, are needed as well, especialy in lieu of the forthcoming economic collapse(see. Gerald Celente)
     
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    why don't you do your own site then?

    i think it is a project
     
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    Thank you Knowledge..

    ...at times you have to ignore some people. I think your ideas are good ones. I have been thinking about the garden myself but have a bad back and cant contribute that way. Im going to post a local idea.

    Campbell Enterprises, Inc.

    Urban Farm Developers Proposal

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009



    This proposal is free for all Black Men, Black Women and Black Youth, who are unemployed or unemployable. This information provides a Step-By-Step Process for you to become an Urban Farm Developer by creating residential and commercials backyard gardens for home and business owners.



    Step 4: Develop a flier that includes the name of your company, telephone number, business address, email and website (optional) and list the services and prices. Offer a discount for customers who refer other customers. Distribute your flies in your neighborhood and to your family and friends first and then to other neighborhoods.



    Step 5: Here are examples of the type of services that Urban Farm Developers provide:



    1. A Small Urban Backyard Garden – Cost $100.00 - Size: 8 X 8

    2. A Medium Urban Backyard Garden- Cost $150.00 – Size: 12 X 12

    3. A Large Urban Backyard Garden- Cost $300.00 – Size: 16 X 16

    4. A Bi-Weekly Maintenance Care Package -Cost $50.00, which includes weed removal, and watering. (No pesticides should be used in Urban Farming.) All taxes should be included with the flat fee. No hidden fees should be charged.

    5. Provide Free Vegetable Seeds or allow customers to purchase their own from a store.

    6. Offer customers the option to pay for the Maintenance Care Package over five payments of $10.00 per payment, over five months through their bank account transfer bill payment process. You can get information about this process through your bank.

    7. Make sure that your prices are pre-set and only take payment, after the customer has visually approved your work and is satisfied. Satisfied customers will refer more business to you. Unsatisfied customers will destroy your reputation and cause your business to fail.



    Step 6: The Urban Farm Developer Entrepreneurs must identify hardware stores or pawnshops to rent or buy equipment needed to become an urban Farm Developer. (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware or others) You will need wood to outline a rectangular shaped garden, rebar to hold it in place, top soil and fertilizer mix, tools for tilling the soil, free seeds.



    Guideline for Supplies: Some of the costs are one time and other costs are based on the sized of the garden. Check with People in your community who might donate some equipment or help you purchase startup equipment. The cost below did not include State Business Filing Fees or Accounting Fees, or transportation cost. For around $500 in Startup Capital, our communities could begin to empower and employ us.




    Items
    Cost
    Quantity
    Total

    1
    Landscape Timber for Small Garden 8 X 8
    $3.00
    8 Double Stacked
    $24.00

    2
    Landscape Timber for Medium Garden 12 X 12
    $3.00
    12 Double Stacked
    $36.00

    3
    Landscape Timber for Large Garden 16 X 16
    $3.00
    16 Double Stacked
    $48.00

    4
    1 Bundle of Rebar
    $0.87
    50 1ft. Rebar
    $44.00

    5
    Rent Garden Tiller
    $65.00 Per/ Day
    1
    $65.00

    6
    4 LB Double Hammer
    $17.00
    1
    $17.00

    7
    Garden Planter
    $23.00
    1
    $23.00

    8
    Garden Rake
    $13.00
    1
    $13.00

    9
    Leather Gloves
    $ 5.00
    1
    $ 5.00

    10
    2 Gallon Watering Can
    $ 5.00
    1
    $ 5.00

    11
    Garden Top Soil
    $ 7.00
    5 Bags for Small
    $35.00

    12
    Vegetable Seeds
    $ 2.00
    10 Different Seeds
    $20.00

    13
    Gas for the Tiller
    $ 3.00
    1 Gallons Per Job
    $ 3.00




    Total
    $338.00




    Step 7: Urban Farm Developer’s Etiquette and Rules for Doing Business:



    1. Never ask to use your customer’s water, tools or restroom. Always be prepared for any situation. Know where the local public restrooms are located.

    2. Never go into you customer’s home.

    3. Never be sexually inappropriate, flirt and touch your customers. Always maintain your professionalism.

    4. Never lie, steal or cheat your customers. Your customers are always right, even if you have to redo the garden from the beginning or refund their money. Do it with a smile and apologize for not meeting their expectation and thank them for their time. Repeat business and a good reputation fro excellent service is very profitable.

    5. Never schedule more work than you are capable of doing. Always consider employing others from your community, when you need to expand.

    6. Always provide written receipts for work completed (Checks or Money Orders). Cash only, if the customers insist. Checks and Money Orders are better for Accounting.

    7. Greed is BAD! It leads to poor decision-making and business failure. Avoid it at all cost!

    8. Always talk to customers about their pets. Safety is very important.

    9. Practice your presentation skills, prior to distributing your fliers. Ask for help if you need it.



    Step 8: The Black Urban Farm Developer must show “Black Love”, by always mentoring and training other Black People to become Urban Farm Developers. We must learn to love each other more than money and demonstrate “Black Love” by helping others become successful.



    Thousands of families and businesses will have urban backyard gardens created by Urban Farm Developers and community farmer’s markets will be developed all over the country. The community will be able to purchase fresh community grown fruits and vegetables at local convenience and grocery stores, at reduce prices. Urban Farm Developers will create millions of Green Job Opportunities all over America and promote a stronger economy. Please forward this proposal to everyone you know and print out copies to share with Black Men and Women who maybe interested in this opportunity.



    Sincerely and Respectfully,



    Charles E. Campbell, CEO

    Campbell Enterprises, Inc.

    [email protected]
     
  10. Knowledge Seed

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    Wow! Thats amazing! The NOI has something similar to that on their California Muhammad Farms website.

    I was thinking, we could get a group of farmers together to yield the produce, get some herbologists, chefs/cooks and sewers together to create some phenomenal products, then develop a comprehensive grass-roots distribution model to get the products to the public.

    What do you think?
     
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