We are looking for land to live and farm on. Our intentions are to transition into permaculture farming and homesteading as the focus of our lifestyle.
We met in 2012 while both doing work/trade at a wellness retreat center. Eric (42M) founded and managed the permaculture program there and had previously established an intentional permaculture community in Nebraska. He has consulted for various permaculture projects as well. He has a design build firm in Eugene. He is currently consulting for a high-end vintage European sports car shop. He is developing their metal shaping and welding department as well as designing, 3D modeling, and producing components for electric conversion projects. Among other skills, he is a patent holder for a machine that produces high flow on demand oxygen. He can provide mechanic services for heavy machinery and equipment, and can operate any power tools or heavy machinery.
Taegan (31F), has extensive experience in caregiving (elderly, children, I/DD), customer service, group facilitating, event planning/facilitating, food preparation, nutrition counseling, and plant production. She has a passion for apothecary and would like to eventually establish a commercial herbalist practice.
Our intentions for the property would be to utilize permaculture techniques to maximize soil health, establish a food forest, grow medicinal herbs for apothecary products, and be adaptable to what the land is able to provide. Commercial products will depend on the land and what it is already growing or what would work well in that specific area. We seek to create stability in both personal food production as well as income.
We currently have a warehouse in Eugene that we would retain for the time being. We also have 2 English Staffordshire dogs that provide additional security. They look intimidating but are very good-natured.
We are open to possibilities! We look forward to connecting with you!
We are open to a variety of different opportunities. We can be adaptable and will confront obstacles with a solution-oriented mindset. The most essential consideration is that we want to be able to live on the land.
Eric left aerospace in 2011 and started a small urban permaculture farm on his property, providing a place to teach intensive gardening and permaculture practices. He moved to the big island of Hawaii to study the ancient farming method Ahupua'a, He founded a sustainable agroforestry department which managed land use for 120 acres, and provided consultancy for surrounding larger scale properties. He managed a 25,000 gallon aquaponics system on site. He was invited to teach for Civil Defense Hawaii in regards to food security.
Taegan currently works in a plant production capacity and is very comfortable with long days of repetitive tasks.
First, an assessment would be made of what systems are put in place, a study of soil test information, and observing key features on the property such as light path, watershed, and key flora and land features. Using the infrastructure already created and the advantages of the site as well as looking at the local market, a determination would be made as to what could be the best commercial products for an early yield to bring in income. Any immediate issues such as pests and invasive species would be dealt with. Connecting with local groups and businesses and making connections would be important as well. Through this due diligence and early action there would be some income, and enough information to create a longer term path.
Our long-term goal for the property is to create financial stability through commercial farming as well as food security for us and our community. We would like to become a resource for education as well as develop a nursery. Working with other community leaders we would like to be able to share our skills and knowledge and build a strong fellowship with our community.
The only true feeling of stability we have ever found didn't come from money or a job. It came from empowerment. Working to create systems such as food production is a form of stability that does not seem to exist anywhere outside of putting in the physical work to grow it oneself. Growing food is only one form of self-stability. How to fix your own car, run a tablesaw, or build a greenhouse instead of having to hire someone, is a very liberating feeling. Long term, we hope to be able to share these skills and the yields that these abilities and a well put-together farm create. In our opinion, the world must transition back to a more agrarian lifestyle and teachers and places to learn will be essential.
We have been preparing for quite some time to leave city life and go back to having our hands in the soil. We have a converted bus that is mechanically and aesthetically in great shape if other housing is unavailable. We are fully equipped with knowledge and equipment to live off grid, and can provide our own space as needed.
We are community minded and while we will ensure a property is secure, we also are welcoming and love to share as we create. We lived and worked in a wellness retreat center that had thousands of people visit a year from all over the world, and were able to take part in the incredible collaboration that took place. We are content in our time alone, but seek to have company, diverse as it may come, as well.
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