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dakota Varen
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Location: Bc most of the time
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My name is Dakota me and my partner Vincent, are youngster newbie who have gotten deeply .. well obsessed to be honest with trying our best to work with nature instead of against it. We originate from the west of Canada though we are often found running around on different continents. This will be Vincent & mines third year ‘farming’ nonstop, usually spending the summers in Canada working on various farms and then the Canadian winter abroad where we might be able to farm somewhere else. We try to take this time abroad to learn about other climates, plants, ideas and lifestyles. As each year passes we find ourselves drifting deeper and deeper into permaculture principles. My first internship four years ago being spent on a large scale organic vegetable farm too now, finding myself farm sitting in the diverse rolling hills of Limoncito Costa Rica, on a farm that produces almost no waste and is working towards becoming completely self-sufficient. Being able to have worked on so many different farms has given us the opportunity of trial and error and with being able to constantly meet new people we get some many different insights and ideas from some truly brilliant minds.

And though our hearts love the traveling life, we have begun to really start thinking about starting projects of our own. Because yes working and helping change theses farms we’ve been on has been a dream but we always end up leaving at some point and never really get to see the full fruit of our time and energy.
We have contemplated the idea of buying land but traveling farmers aren’t the most well off and private land doesn’t really interest us that much. My partner and I are looking to start working towards building (or joining!!) a community centered small scale ‘farm’ ( for lack of a better term) . We want to help move a community closer to self-sufficiency by growing food, baking, working with materials found locally to build eco houses and alternative structures,brewing beer!! working toward having a free school; creating a learning space for people in the community to come share and learn from one another, growing a medicinal garden so people needn’t rely on pharmaceuticals, learning how to personally reuse the things we consume and not just send them AWAY & to treat natures gifts as exactly that and not as ‘resources’.

And this is where you guys come in the permies of the world!! Is there anyone out there who;
is looking to maybe start something along the same lines who might be looking for people to do it with?
Anyone who knows of a community/people who is already up to this stuff who might be looking for help ?
Anyone who has some extra space on their land who would be willing to let us do some of these things in exchange for some sort of barter be it work , food from the garden ect. ?

We dont have our hearts set on any part of the world in particular. We have worked in some very different climates so are very open to where . The most important thing to us is finding some like-minded people to do it with

We would love to talk more with anyone who might have advice or insight on any of these ideas as well.
 
dakota Varen
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Location: Bc most of the time
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oh! and bees!! lots of bees!
 
Claire Arrowsmith
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Location: Liberty, NY
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This was a real pleasure to read...I am pretty much in the same boat! Though I have significantly less experience than you two (altogether, about 10 months farming/gardening experience over the course of a little over 2 years, on 3 separate farms, in addition to various carpentry experience), I too dream of moving onto a community built around sustainable agriculture, or helping to get one going. It's a dream some college friends and I started talking about while in school 3 years ago (I graduated last May with a degree that now seems useless). I hail from Toronto but consider upstate NY, where I went to college and earned the vast majority of my farming experience, my 2nd home. Permaculture is relatively new to me but starting to become an obsession for sure. I am looking to gain more experience while still having time to read up on permaculture practices, but I completely agree that one can only help others realize their projects for so long before one begins to yearn for a project of one's own. That's where I stand, I want to keep learning but there's also a lot I already know how to do or could figure out with other knowledgeable workers like yourselves. Everything you mention in your idea of a sustainable community is exactly what I want--and I'm glad you mentioned the beer brewing!! I have looked into numerous communities in the states but you never know what you're getting into until you visit, and traveling's an investment in itself. I am not religious and while many communities deem themselves spiritual and respectful toward all religions, a lot of them still frown upon activities such as alcohol consumption...I am somewhat spiritual but at the end of a hard day's work my idea of the perfect evening is a communal dinner cooked with food from the garden, shared among friends and accompanied by a good homebrew or hard cider (we pressed TONS of apples at the farm in NY) or wine from last year's grapes...whatever! A couple of my friends who shared in this dream were all about the school aspect too, as they've spent the past several summers working on a farm camp in Mass, introducing kids to the garden life.

I also don't have my heart set on any particular place though I've been exploring the states since they're closest to my family and friends, and I prefer the sun to the cold

These are just a few of my quick ramblings so don't let my disorganized thoughts be a turn-off, this is truly a serious goal of mine and something I intend to accomplish, I am just uncertain of how, considering I am by no means prepared to buy my own land or go at it on my own, I just figured I'd keep gaining experience and maybe making money along the way if I can though at this point I think information and hands-on knowledge and good food that I've grown myself are more important to me. I'd love to keep this convo going and hear more about your ideas! Any advice is appreciated
 
Kate Michaud
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Hi Dakota.

We really need to talk. Check/view my posts and PM me if interested.

Cheers! K
 
Ethan Thompson
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Location: Vermont
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Hi Dakota,

Really great post. I just posted another opp that may be of interest to you. http://www.permies.com/t/38905/WWOOF-organic-farm-volunteers-interns/farmer-steward-permie-entrepreneur

Cheers & be well,
Ethan
 
Sunder Khurana
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Dakota,
We have a 2.5 Acre land in Malibu that we are converting via Permaculture into a food forest/native habitat. We are looking for an(or two) estate manager(s) who could live on site in exchange for managing the land development in according to permaculture principles. I just completed Geoff Lawton's PDC and have a design for the property, but we are still in the early stages of earthworks and implementation. There is opportunity for selling fresh produce to local restaurants depending on what you can produce, in addition to other earning opportunities. I would be happy to discuss more with you-- the possibilities are open depending on your interests and energy.
Your post is right in line with what we are hoping for, because ideally we hope to attract someone (or a couple) who can invest their passion and commitment into the land and reap the benefits of their hard work. I would love to discuss more with you.

Thanks--Sunder
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Darin Colville
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You go people!!! Be and LIVE the change you want to see in the world!!! Other than well wishes & super kind thoughts- only one piece of practical advice. Study the SOIL & LISTEN to the land.
PEACE
 
Billy McCann
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Hey Guy's my name is Billy and I am an oldster newbie . Have been studying, learning, and interning for the last coupla years and finally decided to take the plunge. Just bought 6 acres and a cabin in North Florida and have no idea what I'm gonna do or where to start, but want to do it all! I feel comfortable in my knowledge so far to grow my own food and many medicinal herbs, but I got a lot to learn and a long way to go, so if ya'll ever around N fl. give me a holler and we'll talk. I share the same dreams as you guy's, just got less time to fulfill them. PEACE!
 
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