Five years ago, I wrote a post on these message boards looking for a farm to escape from NYC to. Well, that post ended up springboarding me on an permaculture journey that had me birthing goats...
Managing a dairy...
Growing food forests...
And a whole bunch of other great experiences.
I’ve grown a lot and learned tons about the actual realities of small farming...And I’m eager to learn more!
After traveling the nation, I’m settled in BOULDER, COLORADO with my solar powered truck camper. I’m working high end gardens and wondering what’s next?
WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR I am looking for the next opportunity to grow. A new collaboration which could result in either financial or experiential gain for both parties involved. This can be anything from a position as a makers gardener or farmhand to a work trade for room/board or just RV parking space. I’m specifically interested in developing my knowledge in food forests, herbalism and I would love the opportunity to become more proficient in using heavy machinery, having a mentor for the tractor would be great! My expertise lies in gardening, tending to kettle and orchard care.
I don't want this to be just a month two, so something sustainable for a season or two is desired. I’m open to something more long term if we jive but it’s important I don’t go broke doing farm work. The finances have been a big stickler. SO... If more than twenty hours a week of my labor is desired, I would expect to receive just compensation. I feel 10-20 hrs is what I can offer a farm in exchange for a place to park my truck and an opportunity to learn. Anything more involved, I’m gonna need the green stuff...no not spinach.
Oh, and somewhere dog friendly please.
WHAT I OFFER I am a landscape contractor with my own tools and clients. I bring that level of professionalism and work ethic to any farm that takes me on. I have a pretty in depth grasp of plant knowledge and identification, edibles in particular. I have been milking cattle and goats by hand for almost three years. I have experience in masonry, some construction, very basic electrical, vehicle maintenance...Bit of a jack of all trades.
This is NEMO, my 3/4 ton 4x4 diesel pickup. It’s kept in good shape, as it is my home. It is also my most valuable tool. Hauling trailers and plowing snow. Hate getting buried in winter? Bring me on!
My alter ego is as a comic book artist. I have been creating art and stories for for my whole life, currently illustrating a novel called CARGO...
I am also proficient in graphic design and can make logos, ads and banners.
ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE: My art holds a very special place in my heart. It gives everything I do purpose. I have found that when the folks I live near/with do not respect my solitary art hours, I get cranky. I’ll need 1-2 hours daily, ideally a nice Sunday to catch up on my workload of comic pages.
Where? Again, I’m in BOULDER CO so somewhere nearby is definitely convenient. But I’m mobile and can relocate...I’d love to see Cali, Oregon, Georgia or Washington.
Also, I have lived in CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA for three years and have a network of folks there, so I’d really be interested in a Virginia gig.
So that’s me!
Need a hand growing, digging, milking, plowing, changing oil, whatever? Get in touch! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve got some acreage in southern Oregon, outside the town of Ashland. It’s fully off-grid, wild, and an amazing mixed conifer dominant forest. Diversity of flora is next to none. Would be great explore herbalism and wild crafting. Abuts to thousands of acres of public lands.
There is some infrastructure but it’s limited. Hoping to creating more this year. I am hoping to open the place up as a community and learning center. Perhaps your knowledge of growing, plant care, and permaculture could support a class/workshop. I am still on the early end of my education of these things.
I am doing a restoration project in the forest that could be some paid work for those additional hours if you’re looking. If you’re interested in talking more, let me know. Good luck.
Hi Andrew, where are you at now in your journey? Have you found a place? If you are still looking, or looking again, please send me a moosage. We have 2 1/2 acres in north-central AZ with a small orchard, berry patch, and annual veggie garden. I'd like help figuring out a better landscape layout and putting it together. I'm a practicing herbalist for over 35 years, certified through Rosemary Gladstar, Sage Mountain. It's a knowledge I love to share.
There are no more "hours", it's centi-days. They say it's better, but this tiny ad says it's stupid: