On of the challenging things about business is balancing finances. It is very easy to buy what you want and not what you need. On the flip side it is easy to not buy what you need because you can do it another way (like plowing or extracting honey). Sometimes if it is possible buying some new equipment helps not only in speed but also agrivation. It is hard to put a $ on agrivation but if you get burnt out, loose your mind and the love of working the land, nothing will get accomplished.
Sometimes our ideology says no fossil fuels, that is a wonderful idea but can we realistically do it? Maybe reducing fossil fuel use works better for now.
I have no answers, just questions and thoughts.