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A Low-Cost Investment.

My advice for young or new farmers willing to make a small, long-term investment is to plant some nut trees on their farms.

If you were to plant two Carpathian walnut trees this year, those two trees would grow to 40 to 60 feet tall and produce 200 pounds of walnuts annually in just a decade. Planting these two trees would only cost $20. Even after factoring in the costs of compost and water for your trees, the benefits of owning these trees over time will make up for the initial cost, and then some. With 200 pounds of walnuts every year, you can feed yourself, sell them at your local farmers market, or donate them to a local food bank. Having nut trees will not only benefit you and your family, but will also help your whole community if you share your crop.

Nuts provide a good source of protein and brain-boosting oils that are badly needed in a country where most food is commercially produced with canola oil. I know of no other small investment that will pay off so well, both financially and in good health.

Alice Cain

Bothell, Washington

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Title Annotation:Dear MOTHER
Author:Cain, Alice
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2018
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