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07 July 2012


Todd Juvinall

I certainly wish her good luck.

A Facebook User

Good post and lets hope as a community we can come together to help those most in need.

B. Emery

Russ Steele

I wonder if Reinette knows what she is talking about then she invokes "a living wage”?

HERE is the “living wage” calculator for Nevada County. You will note that the typical wage for farming in Nevada County is $13.47 an hour, which is considered below the living wage for one person with one child. A living wage in Nevada County for one adult with one child is $17.15 an hour. Assuming we are dealing with homeless people with out any children the living wage would be about $9.21 an hour. Minimum wage is $8.00 an hour. The question is can the products be sold a price high enough to sustain the “living wage” when all the other costs are included. Who is paying all the regulatory fees? Speaking of regulations.

The Sierra Roots web page is HERE. The webpage shows some simple structures. I wounder if these structures can be built in California for human habitation under the current Universal Building Code.

I wish Reinette well, but I am not sure her business plan, if she has a business plan, will hold up under some back of the envelope analysis. The APPLE Sustainability Center Worm Farm failed the “living wage” analysis.

billy T

I wish the project well. Getting the down and out together and in a nice peaceful setting is a good first step. Baby steps is the way to go. People working together on a common goal is a good way to get motivation and confidence up. A transition place if you will. Sure it probably does not have a viable business plan, but in this case it may not need to. A place to hang out, work, get up and break the isolation and satisfy the herd instinct we all have on somebody's spread is worthy in and of itself. Billions of people spend all their energy each day scrounging their next meal, including small businesses and laborers. I know, I do it daily. Hot water on demand is a luxury, whether you drive off the back 40 to go to work or work on the back 40. Winter is coming and things will slow down so look at this like a seasonal occupation for the homeless at first. Baby steps. The worse that can happen is the homeless grow some food and make some contacts. Anything above that is gravy. This might be one endeavor that cannot be measured by profit margins, akin to the value of equine therapy for those that have their lives improved by it. Baby steps.

billy T

According to today's The Union, looks like you can put a fork into this whole idea. Good intentions can take you only so far...

George Rebane

billyT 1019am - agreed, and unfortunately this is another project that arrived with its own fork.

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