If you look at the Earth Haven Mission Statement [HERE] you can get a good idea of how this foundation would would address the needs of children with Special Needs caused by pre-birth substance abuse. There are many other children with special needs who would benefit from the solutions proposed in that Mission Statement and one should not look at Earth Haven Foundation as being exclusively focused solely on a strict definition of special needs based on drug babies. The needs of 'Drug Baby' children was merely our introduction to Special Needs children for which the number of these children alone is massive and for whom their needs are largely ignored.
The vision for which we would like interested parties to focus on is acquiring a large hunk of land, 500 to 1,000 acres or more, where we can employ methods of self sufficiency, sustainable farming, green energy, and a general eco-friendly lifestyle. Everything that goes into setting up and maintaining such a self sufficient farm/ranch involves skills that children can learn which will later transfer into solid career opportunities for their future. It also involves an unlimited number of economic opportunities for income generation that could easily transform the farming operation from a non-profit vision for helping these Special Needs children into a economically sustaining, operation.
There is an unlimited number of individual profit making enterprises that could result from the efforts of one well planned farm of this nature. These endeavors could provide youth training for valuable future careers as well as provide a significant number of jobs. The various possible separate enterprises that could all be integrated into the context of one farm of this nature include, but are not limited to:
[HERE]. On March 17, 2010 Joel Salitan of Polyface Farms was invited to do a lecture and consultation at Tara Firma Farms of Petaluma. RussianRiver.TV was there and the visit resulted in four in depth videos which are an excellent source for learning more on 'Sustainable Farming' beyond organic. You can watch these great videos [HERE].
[HERE] is just one of many reasons the consumption of these products is unhealthy. In contrast, the 'Sustainable Farming' practice 'free range' chickens and turkeys produces a far superior, infinitely more nutritious product. The eggs from free range chickens have yokes that are orange (the natural color) rather than the nutritionally depleted yellow yokes of most store bought eggs. These superior poultry and egg products demand a higher price at the marketplace as well. In the RussianRiver.TV videos of Joel Salitan's visit and consultation (see Livestock section above) the forth video, 'Part 4 - The Onsite Consultation' has footage of the Sustainable Farming techniques for superior poultry and egg production [HERE].
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