My name is Joel and I was raised on an industrial corn/soybean farm in the Midwest. I have that farming background and a passion for land tending but the industrial monoculture annual row crop model does not work ecologically and only works on a short term basis economically. I want to work with the land in a more reciprocal manner. I want to design and implement real-world restoration agriculture systems on the ground that act as models of diversity, abundance, regeneration, and longevity. The solution is multistory polyculture farms that mimic natural ecosystems (oak savannas in our region). I have the drive, knowledge, and education to accomplish these goals. I think that we can transition from a primary staple diet of annual row crops to perennial shrub and tree crops and pasture raised meats all in the same system. Income can be generated through a diversity of long-term and short-term ventures as yields generally increase overtime with perennial plants. Revenue streams may include alley cash crops as trees get established, pasture-raised meats and eggs, veggies, oil yielding crops, honey, and eventually nuts, fruits, and mushrooms. This is a long-term investment that if done right could last for millennia into the future.
Water rights and housing would be great but not essential. I think anything else can otherwise be worked with and around.
I was raised on an industrial corn/soybean farm in the Midwest. I helped out occasionally in this context of conventional farming and was immersed in that culture to the age of 22 before moving to Oregon. In the past 10 years my hands on experience has been limited to organic gardening to greater or lesser degrees. I've taken a Permaculture Design Course and have a strong grasp of ecology through that education as well as my work in ecological landscaping.
• Design and implement a water management system that optimizes water availability and plant growth
• Design and implement a practical restoration agriculture system; plant trees and shrubs, establish pasture for grazing, introduce animals, etc.
• Generate revenue from animals, cash crops, mushrooms, and honey
• Steward a growing and thriving restoration agriculture system
• Start generating revenue from fruits and nuts
• Manage trees for optimal spacing and yields
I consider myself a minimalist who enjoys simple living. As long as I have a bed, a shower, and a means to cook then I'm pretty happy. Though I appreciate community, I do prefer my own private living space.
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