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Hello!

My name is Aspen and I'm 20 years old. I'm still figuring things out for myself, but I think I want to have my own farm. I'm considering pursuing a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and management, but I'm not in school at the moment. I love animals and I'm actually a pescatarian. I don't plan to eat meat again unless I've raised and slaughtered it myself. Which I do plan to do!

My farm vision is still a work in progress, but currently I envision myself having chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats. I care a lot about sustainability, and rabbit is one of the most sustainable meats there is! Goats not so much, but I've been thinking about birria a lot lately... yum. I also see myself having some sort of garden, although I don't know on what scale that will be. I've actually been gardening for years with my mom, we built ourselves a little raised bed at our old house. Our new house has a huge yard but it's on a steep hill, so terracing is one of our future projects.

As to how I plan to make money from my farm... tbd. Like I said, it's a work in progress. But I've been spending a lot of my free time researching different aspects of farming. I think I learn something new every day! I'm interested in learning more about fur farming, dog breeding, sheep husbandry, and overall sustainability. I keep coming across this forum while I'm doing research on stuff, so I thought it would be worthwhile to make my own account!
 
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Welcome to Permies!
 
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Hey Aspen. Welcome aboard!
 
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Hi Aspen!  You certainly sound ambitious, congratulations.


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Aspen, hello and welcome to Permies! With your interests, you have come to the right place!

While you're deciding about college, I'd encourage you to explore the Permies forums for educational opportunities geared specifically toward permaculture.
- If you haven't found it yet, do check out this wiki page, What's the difference between Internships, Apprenticeships, Work Exchange, Volunteering & WWOOFing?
- You might consider a Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
- There's also our PEP merit badge program right here on Permies. It's an excellent way to make a start.

Looking forward to seeing you around the forums!

 
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Leigh, thank you for the resources! I will definitely check those out!
 
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Welcome Aspen, best wishes on your journey. I think you will find the permies community very helpful and supportive.
 
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Welcome!
Where in CA are you?
 
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Mike Pulskamp wrote:Where in CA are you?



Nearish to the Bay Area, but I'm considering moving to the Sacramento/Davis area!
 
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Cool, I work in downtown Sacramento, but live about an hour S/E at the bottom of the foothills. We have a chunk of unbelievable land (with WATER!) that we are working on building/planting out there...
 
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