by way of TX, by way of GA, by way of CA, by way of NV.
My husband and I spent the last several years in the High Desert of Nevada (http://highdesertgardening.blogspot.com) playing with chickens on 4.77 acres and trying to coax tomatoes to set in 100*F+ summer temps. He grew up in the Mid-South, and I had spent a good amount of time in the Deep South, so eventually, we stopped banging our heads against the desert and "came home." He's former military, and I spent many years as an IT disaster recovery specialist - both professions that tend to make one paranoid - and so we found permaculture and Permies.com through our recently discovered Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast. OMGoodness - there was a whole community that was articulating and doing what we had been thrashing around and trying to define for ourselves out there in the sand!
Anyway, the economy is much better here, we have jobs again, and we have stabilized the finances, so after renting in the 'burbs for the first time in many, many years, we are hoping to be back on land in 2014.
And through this crazy time of moving 2200 miles, and finding new jobs, and watching one child marry and another divorce, I am wondering if now is the time to change careers - the glitz and glamor of working in a fancy building in the financial district having worn thin. I am, at the moment, a systems analyst/business analyst/software designer by trade and a PMP certified project manager. I recently graduated with an AA in computer networking, and for my final project, I had to design a network that included redundancy, diversity, and contingency plans, and support multiple teams (guilds) of people, providing them with various types of network services. And then I had to map it out and write an implementation plan. But for all that I had now attained some mastery at what I do and a nice salary, I find that my work is meaningless, and I am looking for something more. And then I discovered permaculture. Could it be that I have been preparing all my life to do THIS? And after a few years at it, could I have some land that is our own paradise, and a career helping other people create their own paradise? Will I wimp out and not take the chance? Will I be content to have a meaningless job while simply improving my own little world? So I guess I am here to follow those thoughts and see where they lead.
Pleased to meet you. Looking forward to the journey, wherever the path goes.
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