Rural System, Inc.
 Sustained rural lands; sustained profits




The Products Group

Some of the enterprise units within Rural System, Inc. have beautiful products, interesting things to sell, that can add profits and reduce the costs of achieving the objectives of the larger enterprise. Though not trees, animal, soil, water, or fish, the product sales contribute to the objective of the enterprise. They are part of the total system that is being managed. It contributes to profits so that a progressive, learning, improving system can be developed.

The Products Group works with elements of the total system. Not trying for "blue-chip " returns, the Group seeks reasonable returns but emphasizes large sales and very satisfied customers and low prices. The intent is to have people return or to encourage others to return. If they do not, then some of the objectives of Rural System, Inc. cannot be achieved. Products and crafts can enhance the overall experience and allow many benefits to be recalled and appreciated for many years.

Baits and aquaria are products of The Fishery and pelts a product of The Deer Group and are examples of items marketed and sold by The Products Group.

Many of the enterprises have beautiful products, interesting things to sell that can reduce the costs of achieving the central profit-making objective of the Rural System concept. Not seeking massive international sales, the Group seek a contribution of profits so that a progressive, learning, improving system can be developed.

It sells products of the Goats System, for example, all of the standard dairy products, hides, meat, cooked products, bone meal, grazing services, photographs, bells, pure-bred sales, and transgenic products..all in cooperation. The slant is that the Goats System is an animal-oriented and ecology-oriented system but by working with an advertising, packaging, profit-oriented sales group, the resource returns can be substantial.

Not trying for "blue-chip" returns, The Products Group seeks reasonable returns but emphasizes large sales and very satisfied customers and low prices. The intent is to have people return or to encourage others to return. If they do not, then the objectives of the Concept cannot be achieved. Products and crafts can enhance the overall experience and allow many benefits to be recalled and re-appreciated for many years. The good souvenir is one of the objectives..practical, useful, beautiful things..not roadside junk. Superior equipment and supplies will enhance the experiences on the lands and waters. Suggestions are rock carvings and coal fossil chunks with appropriate documents.

The Proposed Products

  1. Sourdough "starts" of several flavors.
  2. Computer optimized (for price, quality, and being bird-or-bird-group specific) bird food mixes are packaged and delivered. (Consider contracts with Kroger Co, Cincinnati, OH 45202 with song bird literature and other song bird realtions (boxes, feeders, installation, birdbaths, water heaters.))
  3. Rural Rounds is a special hard cookie for hikers, anglers, and everyone (especially school lunches).
  4. A specialty wooden gift box for such cookies.
  5. Unique beads can be easily made from local stream stones with power tools and boxed with geological information about a string of beads.
  6. Air quality monitoring metal tags can be sold. Placed in the woods with one nail on trees, these change weight with air pollution.
  7. Paper weights can be made of coal with a fossil on a surface. Plastic can protect the fossil.
  8. A unique walking stick has been designed. It has over 30 uses by people in the wildlands.
  9. A substance useful in monitoring rates of decomposition in forests is to be sold. It has use for ecology classes and a variety of other monitoring uses.
  10. A Soil Texture Solution for making rapid analyses in the field of soil texture components (sand, silt and clay). (a white or colored known silt partical size added to the shaken mixture can separate the middle class proportions, revealing sand and clay portions)
  11. Topics, mobile garden decorations
  12. Flags that are likely to be prominent region-wide
  13. A square piece of material for attaching to a person's back (the Big Bandana) is sold for assisting in game habitat surveys. (Other bandanas are sold.)
  14. A colorful autumn leaf-pickup cloth
  15. Rural Reds - distinctive marks on pants
  16. Bass Box, a hand-painted US Post Office mail box with post from the Pivotal Tracts
  17. Specialized spinning lures for fishing and sets of lures for tournaments
  18. The Seckey a device for evaluating some conditions of fishing waters
  19. Specialized outrigger fences for gardens and other areas
  20. Windeys, cloth devices used to aggregate and measure the effects of wind in an area.
  21. Rural Ruffs - boot and ankle protection devices
  22. Drums, drumming log devices for male ruffed grouse.
  23. Solar collector for energy to run a small pump to produce fountains in ponds (partially to prevent an ice layer forming, provide local aeration, and add an esthetic unit with novel secondary effects.
  24. Solar collector to heat a winter bird bath.
  25. Rain water collection system for drinking water and emergency uses (containers, filters, stand, spigot, etc.) and maintenance.
  26. GPSlips, packets of bright yellow tags used to mark places where grouse (and other animals) are observed. Later the tags are recovered by field workers and the GPS location recorded for GIS and habitat analyses.(Giles- April, 2000) (See GPSence)
  27. Course material (CD-ROM) for students of "Modern Wildlife Resource Management Systems."
  28. Computer software
  29. Temperature maps (e.g., local plant hardiness)
  30. Opportunities for product development and sales exist with the woodchuck festival.
  31. Garden compost (with organic certification)

The same building where some of these items are sold may include sale of permits, licenses, and entrance to the Avi courses and other events. Wireless computer access will be promoted.

Books, poems, art, and framed photographs and computer maps are offered. These are produced by several groups and include those recommended for reading that support the objectives of the System. Web site access may also be purchased and product advertising may gain some fees.

An e-chapbook for poems makes little money but increases the relevant audience, product loyalties, and may offer sales of various types. It opens an opportunity for regional profitable poetry conferences and readings.

Suggestion:
This holiday season, go to www.RuralSystem.com/#cards for all your gift shopping. We suggest reproductions of antique photographs, books of poems, contemporary photographs, sepia images of the topography of your county, watercolors by local artists, greeting cards, and jewelry from around the world. By 2008 we will have pinenuts from our Pinetum for sale. Half of all profits go to The Rural System Foundation and to regional environmental improvements.

Hunting gear, fishing gear, hiking gear, tested outdoor clothing and equipment, and a limited variety of superior working clothing may be offered. (See Outfits.) Of course many people want to wear colorful tee shirts. Special designs for high quality shirts will speak to the total concept of conservation, long-term use, and rational use of resources and appreciation for the wildlands. These, in addition, are an excellent advertising medium for Rural System, Inc. and the county and region.

Other crafts that are unique to the area will be explored. A small factory for producing signs, birdhouses and feeders and watering devices, and art objects from local, Certified Forest rough-cut and solar-cured woods will be created. Set-up and maintenance services (a new yard service; see The Gardens Group) for these feeders and houses, bird-baths, Topics, and yard lighting that may be explored. These products will be coordinated with individual developers. Many products are sold through The Gardens Group.

Estimates
Startup costs are for staff and communications, vehicle, patents, etc. $50,000.


Perhaps you will share ideas with me
about some of the topic(s) above at

RHGiles@RuralSystem.com.

Maybe we can work together
... for the good of us all
... for a long time.

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