The Financial Permaculture ethanol design team, lead by Pat Therrien, Greg Landua and Albert Bates has been working towards creating a business plan for an ethanol plant that meets the combined criteria of integrative ecosocial regeneration and positive total economic return. This design shows how a model farm can meet the triple bottom line by creating co-products out of a closed loop system.
To hone in on our scale and create firm parameters for our business plan we went through several expansion and contraction phases as a group including a SWOT analysis of five separate business models.
After an instant run off vote and the deference of our local executive board we chose to create a plan for a hybred model that would allow for a family farm scale business that combines with a modular design that can be moved from farm to farm as a cooperative network is built meeting the criteria of continued growth and education as the region becomes more resilient and sustainable through the soil building and increased food production that are hallmarks of a successful permaculture energy farm.
The design map is below: