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Gabriel Grace

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since Feb 13, 2015
Grew up in a city, but always loved nature. I am learning as much as possible to become sustainable and live with the Earth. I am very excited to be a member of Permies. Sometime soon I will be able to add to the knowledge of this site.
Esmont, VA
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Intern/Apprentice

We are seeking a FARM INTERN who is seeking us; someone to work on our Biodynamic Farm from April to September in exchange for food & housing. Please pass on to someone who may be interested.

Application Below and information below:
https://www.gracefullfarm.com/internship

2160 Browns Ln
Esmont, VA 22937-1834
3 years ago
Intern/Apprentice

We are seeking a FARM INTERN who is seeking us; someone to work on our Biodynamic Farm from April to September in exchange for food & housing. Please pass on to someone who may be interested.

Application Below and information below:
https://www.gracefullfarm.com/internship

2160 Browns Ln
Esmont, VA 22937-1834
3 years ago
UPDATE:
Claire and I have found a nice property to rent while we search further for a bigger parcel of land to have a family community and farm. We have had our first child, homebirth, and everything is going great.  
I have starting building a tiny house, so we can move right onto land and not have to pay rent while we build something to live in.  

Still in Charlottesville area, and still looking for land.  We have met a lot of people also trying to do the same.  I think we will be ready in a year to settle onto the "right" piece of land.  

lots of love
Gabe
3 years ago
My Partner Claire and I came to Charlottesville two to three weeks ago looking to find a piece of land near the Mountains and City of Charlottesville or some other progressive town in this area(lexington, roanoke, floyd).  We are both amazing people, with open hearts, open minds, and great attitudes. We are fortunate enough to have saved up a decent amount of money while pursuing meaningful work.  

Since we arrived in Charlottesville, Claire has taken on two jobs, and I am in the process of finding work that suites our needs.  The city has welcomed us with open arms, as we have been couch surfing for the last two weeks with wonderful people.  We have also taken Yoga classes daily to find like minded people and connections, as well, but still the search for land has been difficult.  We have driven around the city in all directions, only to find properties way out of our price range, or too far from a market/community.  We have real estate agents looking for us, and have talked to many people who might be able to help, but still we haven't found anything worth investing in.  

We will continue to look for a property, jobs, and opportunities as we settle into the area.  We want an area to build our business(permaculture farm) even if we don't own it, until we find the right property.  
We would love to meet collaborators, like minded folks, people also willing to invest in the land to eventually be neighbors.  
I will continue to post here to update y'all on our story and pursuit of the New American Dream.  

Gabriel Grace


4 years ago
Thanks for the well thought out reply Richard. You answered my questions and more. Now I wish I could get the book sooner than August.
4 years ago
Hey Richard and Lorenzo,
I am greatly intrigued by this book. However, through the two photo slides, there is obviously a tremendous amount of work and capitol taken to complete these systems. I do not doubt the that this book has extremely valuable knowledge to it, but does every solution presented require an incredible amount of capitol and labor? Is it applicable to a small farmer started by a few people with limited funds?

4 years ago
Hey Claire!,
My Name is Gabriel Grace and it seems like you and I are very similar places in our life, just that I might be one step ahead of you. I recently moved to Vermont looking to find a farm that was not able to keep up their land and I could fill that role for them, while in the process make the farm my home. Well I have found that farm in Randolph, Vermont. About two months ago, I started living and working at Highfields Farm with the owners Chris and Julie. The farm is beautiful,huge, and you could pretty much grow and produce anything you want! I'd would love to have another enthusiastic person on board to help turn this place around.
Purple moosage me if you want to talk about any details or a visit.
Yay for permies and people putting themselves out there!
Gabe
5 years ago
Depending on the location of the root cellar and the resources you have available stone might be a good alternative to pouring a cement foundation. Like with all buildings if you want them to last a long time, you need to have a appropriate cite with proper drainage, and ventilation. Building a random rubble wall into the side of a hill with a naturally insulated roof might serve your desire to build naturally and economically. Random rubble stone walls are surprisingly simple once you get the basic rules down. Here is an example of a stone root cellar I am thinking of building a stone passive solar green house into the back of a hill with a root cellar deeper into the hill. I'll let you know how the project goes, I plan on starting this fall and winter. Stone is so easily found in Vermont, all you have to do is dig anywhere. Anyway, good luck with your endeavor.
Hey Alex and Cynthia,
It would be great to meet up and talk, hear about your ideas and share a few myself.
Vermont is the place to be if you want to have freedom, friends, and a supportive community.
It is definitely not perfect but a good start.

As for meeting up during the holidays it would have to be before or after cause I am actually going to be traveling to Baltimore before and visiting Rhode Island after, what kinda dates are you looking at Alex?
Gabe
5 years ago
Hey Alex,
I found out about the farmers through a website called vermontlandlink.com. I have actually heard of and seen a few other opportunities in the Vermont area that are siniliar to mine. If you are interested I can pm you some info. Farms always need new people to take the reigns, it is just a matter of finding the right sitiation.
Cheers
Gabe
5 years ago