Hi Guys, In the next two years my son finishes school and my wife and I are considering crossing the line (as Geoff would say) and leaving the rat race for a better quality way of life. I did my PDC in April and learned just how much I still don't know. I would like to sit down with my family and plan the transition so I have put together a few points for us to discuss and think about. I was wondering if you could add aditional points for consideration based on your experiences? Describe an ideal average day - Identify our initial thoughts on how we would like to live as a starting point / goal. How long per day do we want to work? - How much time each day (excluding the initial construction / installation) do we want (or need) to work? Will the design allow transition to a less active lifestyle in later life or ill health? How much money do we need? - Over time tools and equipment need to be replaced and there are will always be expenses from taxes to toilet rolls, vehicle expenses and medical cover plus insurance and wages if employees are needed. How dependant on us can the property be i.e High maintenance - high return or Low maintenance that can be left unattended for several weeks? - Do we want to go on holiday, visit family or take trips that may require absence from the property? If so, will we be able to make alternative arrangements or will we need to design low maintenance into the design? Alternatively will our design allow for the income identified in Q3? What will we produce? - Based on local demand and the questions above, and the suitability of the property what products can we produce? Alternatively based on what we would like to produce, where should we buy land? What will be the climatic constraints of the location such as annual rainfall, hottest and coldest extreme temperature, severe weather history? What will be the balance of products for family consumption, profit and return to the land (stability and continuity)? Have we taken into account questions of security such as a failed crop, fall or change in local demand, unpredictable weather events such as drought? How can we use Permaculture principals to allow for this? How much do we need to produce to sustain the family and provide minimum required income? What are the local markets for our products? How much land will we need? - Given the ideas so far how much land will we require? Can we manage this amount of land or will we need to employ others? Given the products what tools, equipment and structures will be required? What skills do we need to acquire? - Given the options identified what skills do we need? Where will we learn those skills, and how long to gain the minimum required competency? These skills may not just be Permaculture based, some skills may be subject to government regulated training and licensing such as electrical repairs and plumbing (if in remote location) and / or site inspection and approval for butchering animals for public consumption. How will our plan benefit the community and/or the environment? Given the plan so far will we be an asset or a problem? Can we use the property to benefit the community by providing food to those in need, provision of education, community gardens and or social activities or bringing money into the community ie ecco tourism? Does our plan benefit (or at least not adversely impact) the natural eco system? What will be the start-up costs including construction and initial procurement of property, goods, services and consultants? - Identify contacts who can provide sound advice. What are the sources of support? Where can we obtain advice and support, are there streams of government support initiatives that can assist?