My name's Noah, I'm 28 years old and have lots of experience living in community as well as working on various farms.
I recently moved back to the US after spending a year and a half living on the southern coast of Mexico, ready to jump into farm\community life again.
I landed at a biodynamic farm in North Carolina that I found on ATTRA, but unfortunately the listing description didnt accurately match the day to day life of the farm-
Words like 'our focus here is to nurture the soil in order to grow the best quality food' implies that soil building is a primary focus, though in reality the composting situation there is more of an afterthought.
Production, production production- flipping beds as fast as possible to make the most money possible being the actual guiding principle.
For me, working with nature, in the way she intended, is the way that we're going to change the world for the better-
I'm looking for an opportunity on a farm\homestead where the guiding principle is not only 'do as little harm as practical' but do the most good possible-
Ideally, I'm looking for an apprenticeship with a stipend- or at least the means to work for a little income.
My skills are wide and varied from Herbal Medicine Making, Wildcrafting/harvesting, Fermentation, Cooking, (worked as a chef at a Yoga school when I was in mexico, and have years of cooking\dessert making experience), Tarot, writing and marketing, and Yoga teaching, not to mention the two years of various farm/garden work.
If no (or small) stipend is involved, I'm looking for a work/trade opportunity where Permaculture Mentorship is the nature of our relationship: being that you're intentions are to pass your knowledge of permaculture onto me, while I help you with whatever you need. Many of my farm experiences in the past have flown under the labels of 'apprenticeship or internship' but the true nature of the position was one of 'underpaid farm hand' , with focus on extracting production help while not providing much of the instruction or learning implied with the aforementioned labels.
I'd prefer an opportunity on the East coast, as this is where I'm currently located, however, I am willing to travel given the right opening.