- I have been cultivating a path to realize my vision for acquiring my own land to amalgamate a truly sustainable farmstead retreat business, where ultimately people will be able to come stay and heal and educate themselves through herbalism, various plant medicines, and nutritional equilibrium through the food we’ll grow and provide, as well as a space for interpersonal and even spiritual growth . I am passionate about turning this vision into a reality, and have made many sacrifices and steps towards realizing this dream. I also want to add that I am looking for mentoriship because I am not at all starting from ground zero financially, and am seriously looking to get my foot in the door with a place/ a land/ the right human connection to carry on into developing my own manifestation of my farm someday. I have attracted many people with very similar dreams and experience as I, and we all seem to be moving towards it. I’m here to commit to the real first concrete step in making this a reality.
On-site sewer, irrigation structures, barns, and electricity, water-rights
5 months (semester) at a public garden at Iowa State as an outdoor gardener, 5 months (semester) at Iowa State's horticulture research station which involved tending apple orchards, vineyards, sweet potatoes, cauliflower fields, etc.
Summer Internship at Bailey Nurseries, Inc. in Yamhill, OR rotating between propagation greenhouses, tissue culture, inventory, sales, barefoot stock, field work, etc. Summer internship at Agape Farm and Retreat in Paonia, CO in charge of 3-acre Pinot Gris vineyard, 12 organic raised beds for produce and herbs, dozens or types of fruit trees, herding three alpacas and two goats, tending to the bed and breakfast guest's needs and requests, 15 acres of organic hay and alfalfa, large and small-scale irrigation, etc. Undergradute greenhouse research growing annual flowers for my professor studying the effects of mechanical and chemical "pinching" of plants to increase bulking and rounding out for ornamental aesthetics. Internship and then succeeding grower employment at a tier 2 cannabis and hemp farm in Washington of twelve outdoor greenhouses.
Short term plans are to engage in a mentorship, an educational work-trade-learn agreement of sorts with an experienced farmer who is dedicated to extending his/her land and resources to me in the mutual furthering of our goals so that within 5 years I can be able to seriously start cultivating what I've set out to create in life. I wish to continue saving money, while using the good money I have now to steer me towards realizing this potential.
The focus of my long-term goal with this is to have as diverse of a farm as I possibly can by safely and consciously tending to and/or amending the soil and land to the best of my ability and knowledge in order to successfully integrate a holistic methodology of a truly diverse array of crops into my farm retreat. From medicinal herbs to produce to fruit trees, to nuts, to mushrooms, to livestock, to bees and honey, and beyond. I want to eventually be able to integrate this farm into a business of healing through onsite workshops on herbalism with supplemental tinctures, salves, soaps, etc., plus culinary and nutritional classes and educational and healing retreats for all. My ideas are endless, but seeing some first steps grounded through to fruition is where I need to begin.
I can live in a tent if necessary. I have lots of experience roughing it on farms, but do enjoy and prefer my own clean space if possible. Just need access to a kitchen and bathroom and Bed and I'm good to go.
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