I am new to this site. I took the online PDC offered by Geoff Lawton this past year.. but that was not my first exposure to Permaculture. I took a Keyline design class with Darren Doherty back in 2009. I had been working on farms exclusively but I got a little sick of the closed minded nature of most farmers and the lack of interest to let me pursue my own ideas... so I made a career change... I am now an over the road truck driver... I get to see behind the curtain of all of those big food companies we all would love to see disappear... but in the mean time I guess I want to see what I can glean from them... I also like that my job provides the freedom and flexibility to take time off whenever and where ever I want... so I am using this time to visit farms, attend conferences.... I have 2 jobs... drive, and wait! and I have the ability to listen to a podcast while I drive on my bluetooth headset... Lately I got caught up on the permaculture voices podcast... Excellent stuff!
I am endeavoring to find a balance between the ethics of Permaculture, and Free Market Economics (aka Austrian economics)
My favorite Authors include: Joel Salatin, Gerald Fry, Charles Walters, Thomas Woods, Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Mark Shepard... lots of books from Acres USA!
It is my short term goal to pay off my truck and buy a piece of land so I can start digging swales, keyline plowing, grazing (cattle sheep pigs poultry etc), planting trees etc... I am hoping if I am successful to design a business that can create opportunities for others to come in... this could turn in to something very big if all goes well... I should be in a position to do "something" in 2017
I am from Rome, NY, but like I said I drive all over the country...
Upstate NY is the area I know the best so if I were to settle down... thats probably where I will do it!
I am eager to make new friends to bounce ideas off of, potentially partner with... (because what I want to do is so much more than 1 person can accomplish) and perhaps find someone to marry... (hey a guy can dream can't he?!)