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Shabbat Shalom from Southern Mexico

 
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I’m a Southern CA Native who has been living in Mexico since April. I consider myself semi-conversationally fluent in Spanish. In my last home, I was blessed to experiment with tending to 2 fruit trees, 6 laying hens, mushroom compost & manures, lasagna gardening, square foot gardening, and lots of vegetable growing. I am a WAPF member and love learning about regenerative farming, permaculture practices, and zero waste living. One of my favorite aspects of the WAPF conferences is their farm tours.

Learning to build Cobb houses, Earthships, and/or other eco/sustainable structures are high on my to do list. I’d also like to learn about rain water collection and purification techniques. I’d love to create my own food forest and live off the land one day without electricity (hopefully I’d actually like it and not just in theory.) I’m not sure where I’d like to do that... within the United States, Mexico, or elsewhere internationally.

Today, I was blessed to visit http://www.manotik.org/ and learn about their land management strategies and permaculture practices. (Pictures attached)

I am on the waitlist to attend Paul’s boot camp. I’ve never been to Montana but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. I don’t have a lot of experience in many things that are done there but I am excited about the opportunity to learn. It seems a bit intimidating but perhaps less so than living in another country as a single person for months?

I’ll be visiting Alabama and California soon... perhaps other states as well, to see what this next season of my life might include.

I’m an experienced educator who specialized in homeschooling (under the public charter school umbrella) the last few years. I have a lot of nannying and admin skills as well. I have perused the wwoof hosting posts, as it could be a lot of fun to do a work exchange, visit new places, and learn by doing. (I eat biblically kosher so a pig farm is a big thing I could see that could propose problem.) I was raised vegetarian, so I’m not opposed to eating that way for a season, but I don’t believe it’s the most sustainable lifestyle for us, humans, or our planet.

I’m looking forward to getting to know other permies and using knowledge I gain in my daily life. Many of you are so knowledgeable and experienced, I’d love to pick your brains and/or simply read your musings.

Most of my friends think I’m quite unusual to be so intrigued by this stuff, so it will be nice to have some likeminded community, even if it’s virtual. My discussions about composting toilets and women peeing outside don’t tend to go over so well in most crowds I frequent, while here entire podcasts and feeds are dedicated to them.

Thanks for reading!
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Welcome Alana!

Looks like a lovely location! I really hope you get to go to Wheaton lab and join the boot camp
 
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Thanks Ashley! I hope so too.
 
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Alana, welcome! Such an interesting introduction and pictures. You have absolutely come to the right place to find like-minded hearts and minds.
 
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Leigh Tate wrote:Alana, welcome! Such an interesting introduction and pictures. You have absolutely come to the right place to find like-minded hearts and minds.



Thanks Leigh!
 
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