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Willing to Work for Free in Lower Peninsula-Ish Area This Summer (Preference for West Michigan)

 
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Hey there,

I'm new to this forum and it is a Godsend!  I dream of seeing the permaculture movement grow into the mainstream of American culture and I want to do whatever it is I'm called to do to help make that a reality.  This summer I'm going to be traveling around the State mostly and doing lots of things and I intend to focus on improving the health of myself and others as well as passing along useful information, helping my local and semi-local community, and perhaps fundraising a little bit for life-saving and life-transforming organizations that mainly work abroad...

...but I should have some time to volunteer my time to just simply help doing some work for permaculture or aspiring permaculture homesteads, farms, or communities in the greater areas where I'll be!  This is a really important facet of the bigger picture for me and I know that there are plenty of people out there who would appreciate the help and that my work, even if it were for only one or two good days or so could end up going a long way to making the world a better place in the long run.  I'm basically going to be a full-time volunteer all summer long, only really needing to make some money for myself once or twice every couple weeks if things go according to plan.  I will have a lot of things booked already volunteering for family and friends but I would love to come and help anyone I can and hopefully I am able to pass along some organized info for your library and figure out myself how I can do more and more to grow the permaculture movement in Michigan and the Midwest down the road!

I'm able-bodied and hungry to learn but still a newbie when it comes to practicing and learning tons of permaculture myself.  I've been stuck, tied down by suburban sprawl and just now really able to finally gain enough freedom and independence to set out on the adventure!  I'm slowly getting better at handy-work but I always like to work hard regardless.    

I can be the type of person you can call in a favor from when something big comes up, I'm here to be a servant...it's been tough for me finding truth in the universe but I believe in being Christ-Like and have full faith in God ultimately and although I do believe it is important for people to be able to have hope in the highest order I know that spiritual things are a very personal journey and I fully respect other seekers of truth wherever their belief systems may root...

...I like to point out truth when I really get to know someone well but when I do not know someone I am still learning when to stick up for truths and stick up for myself, heck I am still learning how to do this with people I've known my whole life.  I've been somewhat spiritually anguished the last 6 or so years over the hardships of humanity and animals alike and it's been tough to figure out how to get to a point of complete independence in order to achieve maximum impact while always desiring to self-sacrifice and work collaboratively rather than independently...I just simply haven't had success yet in many ways and a big part of this is not being able to convince and show others of what I believe the world really needs and constantly giving my everything to those around me and, when I can, to organizations working overseas.  

I simply think I've been surrounded by some of the wrong crowd for far too long that were simply not serious enough.  Sometimes I can take things too seriously but I'm pretty sure that humanity needs to take things seriously in its current form...

I'm vegan-ish, turning 30 in April, Male, completely celibate, and currently cutting out some latent bad habits such as caffeine and e-ciggeretes and looking forward to getting myself in the best health of my life VERY soon.  Thank you for the awesome forum to everyone since you all create what it is collectively.  Much respect to your life of work and growth.  Looking forward to hearing from anyone around here...

...I've heard of one Seventh Day Adventist group that has an organic farm somewhere just south of Grand Rapids....but I honestly don't know much of anything that is really going on in the area permaculture-wise although I know there has to be things in the works!  I know there's been a lot of idealistic people who have made bigs moves the last 10 years so...just haven't seen it all for myself yet...can't wait....


...I've been talking to some old friends who are doing cool things too...starting tiny home communities near Howard City, starting homesteads....I can't wait to be on the road!

God bless!  



 
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Hello Evan!
I'm in SW Michigan and a beginner, brand new here on Permies.com though I have started and run a successful certified organic farm I started in 2009. Took a few years off and am just beginning again on a new farmstead with plans for a full scale permaculture design. It's just over 17 acres here and I've been on site for almost three years now, mostly observing and maintaining what's here.
Glad to meet you!
Kindest,
Karen
 
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Nice to meet ya!  In 2009 I was graduating high school haha.  It sounds like you actually have quite a bit of experience of being in tune with nature on your own property at least...I wish to escape Grand Rapids soon...

...I'm very new to this forum/website as well but welcome to you and I hope you enjoy your stay!  This place seems great and just the type of niche I've been seeking on the internet for my entire adult life.

That sounds really awesome to have that acreage!  I wish you the best with that.  You can always send me a private message or an email if you wish, I'm just looking for like-minded people and those I can help out in any way that comes up here in West Michigan.  :)

evantstowers@gmail.com  
 
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https://transformativeadventures.org/who-are-we/  You might want to look into this group. They're based in Kalamazoo and there's a wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Peter Bane and Keith Johnson are in the Muskegon area and if you don't recognize Peter Bane by name, look him up on youtube for some more information. He's got at least one book out on permaculture, targeted toward the suburban community, speaks and teaches and practices what he preaches. I'm not as familiar with Keith's work, but they're a team and doing great stuff on their relatively new Michigan site. And then there's just a whole community of us out here that aren't so eminent, but are busily working away, developing our designs and striving to bring them from conception into reality.
 
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Greetings Evan,

I'm a fellow West Michigander living on my tiny 1.5 acre off-grid homestead.  I can't say that I have any big projects planned for the summer that I'll need help on but I thought I should at least pop into this thread and say hello.  (I'm also quite bad at ever asking anyone for help, usually just finding ways to do it alone.)
 
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