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I am trying to turn my 5 acres into a Spiritual Self-Sustainable Eco-Village where others can come to learn about self-sustainable living and enjoy thing like Meditation Spaces down by the Creek, Shade Gardens for family Picnics, more Herb & Vegetable Gardens, some livestock like Goats & sheep, maybe even a cow or two. I started this project all by myself 4 months ago by building 2 new Raised Vegetable Gardens and 2 new Raised Herb Gardens. But I am an Herbologist and I grow herbs to sell my self on my Etsy store (www.theherbalgreenhouse.etsy.com) and on eBay (Search by Seller Name LaMere12, using the Advanced Search Option next to the search box). Any Herbs I can not grow myself because of climate or space, I order from a reputable company and they are only COA Organic. I sell only the highest quality of Herbs, as well as other hand made & handcrafted items using Herbs and other things. All $ that I make from sales goes directly back into the business as well as proceeds going towards helping to build this Eco-Village.

Does anyone know of any Government Grants or Organizations that like to help with Projects like this?

Can anyone give me any advice?

I have plants for building a Greenhouse, Hoophouse, Chicken Coops, etc.

As well as I am about to start my own Worm Garden - studying Vermiculture & Vermicomposting. Not only can I use the Worm Castings and Worm Tea for my own Gardens, but I am hoping to make some money for the Eco-Village by selling the Castings as well as selling worms.

Any feedback or information will be appreciated. I am also looking for people in Georgia who may be willing to help whether it by donating their time, materials, or money.

Email: theherbalgreenhouse2013@yahoo.com
Phone: 678-476-2865
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It's sad that trying to improve the habitat for wildlife with landscaping using native plants, growing a garden, and other nature loving events are wrapped up with this spiritual bull. Personification of nature by calling it "Mother Nature", "Old Man Winter", Christmas over Winter Solstice and Easter Bunny over Spring Equinox. How do we expect to ever build a sustainable future when we mire ourselves down upon a foundation of utter nonsense? 

As an atheist I was wanting to join some local nature clubs but they are dominated by superstitious christians and/or spiritual advocates. I just want to encourage growing a garden, landscaping with native plants for the wildlife and enjoy sharing tips with fellow nature lovers. Instead I was bombarded with Christianity and Spirituality seekers. Are there no true secular spaces at all? 

I don't have to be spiritual or believe in an adult Santa Claus to appreciate the pleasure of gardening and enjoying the squirrels, songbirds and deer that use our backyard.
 
It sounds like a wonderful idea! I live in another state so I can't offer any worthwhile advice towards state grants. I know that many schools (nursery on up) make field trips to local farms. Maybe contact some if them to offer a tour and a brief discussion on organic gardening. You can charge a nominal fee. You may have to check local ordinances and tax codes. Good luck & keep us posted! 
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