How to Build a Perma-Income (Part 1)


What’s a resilient income look like?

In some cases it’s very diverse.

Here’s an extreme example.

Sepp Holzer, one of my favorite farmers, runs a financially successful farm (seen below).  


It’s been successful for decades, even during tough times when other farmers went out of business while following government advice on crops and scooping up subsidies.

His secret?  

It wasn’t due to the quality of his land.  His land is mostly marginal hillside at a high altitude.

The secret is that he doesn’t produce just one product.  He produces forty.

That’s not a typo. 

His farm produces nearly forty different products — everything from fruits to vegetables to flowers to livestock to mushrooms.

This diversity allows him to:

  • Always have something that is popular with buyers.  Tastes and needs change.  Prices change.  It’s important to be ready with product when the opportunity emerges.  
  • Reduce exposure to changing weather conditions and diseases that can wipe out a single crop with ease.
  • Keep his work interesting and challenging.

As you can see, this approach has its merits.

However, in order to pull it off, you will need learn one more trick.

It’s the trick that allows allows just Sepp and his wife to run the entire farm without help.

Sincerely Yours,



JR Small

PS:   I’ll send this to e-mail subscribers tomorrow (so make sure you sign up).



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  • Ingrid

    where’s the rest of the article? not much info but interesting topic

    • John Robb

      Tomorrow. Sign up for the e-mail to get it. JR

  • Keeper

    What’s the secret?

  • Christopher de Vidal

    Hint: You may want to move this line to up above your signature. It confused at least three people (Ingrid, Keeper and myself).

    “PS: I’ll send this to e-mail subscribers tomorrow (so make sure you sign up).”

  • farmer kate

    Sepp Holzer is my inspiration

  • Ryan

    Hey that’s a cheap trick!!! I did however sign up for the email…

    • vera

      Hey, when you find out, tell the rest of us!!!

      Sepp is a cool dude.

  • Steve

    Got a great pyramid planter with vermiculture core – feeding them kitchen scraps to fertillize my strawberries, lettuce, beets, and peas – email me if you want a picture

    • John Robb

      Of course. Send a pic.

      To everyone in the community: if you’ve found/bought/built something productive and it works (or you are testing it), send info about it in to me and the RC team.

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