My name is dakota.
I'm a youngish farmer from Nova Scotia. I have been farming my little heart out for just the past four years but it seems i have gotten myself into a rut. You see i dropped out of university ( studying agriculture) with the idea that instead of spending all this money i didnt own on learniing about farming in school i could just go out and do it. Which i have. In the last four years i've done Internships, Jobs , wwoofing, work away , farm sitting, exchanges ALL OF IT & all over the world, Canada, Australia, Central America. And its been amazing. But this year i came back to my old job which i loved for the past two year and it seems they have changed directions(said rut i spoke of earlier) . Which is wonderful, change is great... but the directions they went were away from our little markets gardens ( my job ) . So it seems i have been spending my last weeks working in the vineyard which is ... nice. My problem is , i told myself if i didn't go to university i wanted to put myself in a constant state of learning. My dream is to have my own farm one day and though grapes are great i probably wouldn't have more than a plant or two ...and shoot thinning for three weeks isn't really teaching me much.
I have always worked in Organics and that is where i would like to stay. My interests really dance around permiculture & feeding your local community, markets, CSA , feeding restaurants all without mono cropping. I have worked with almost all veggies grown in north america as well as fruit, Bees ( i have heaps of bee work ), Goats, horses, chickens, ducks. I've done farm construction: green house, chicken coops, nurseries, eco building, alternative building , medicinal plants, Everything to do with veggies; planting, weeding, harvesting, processing, selling.. all that fun stuff.
I definitely don't know anywhere close to everything about this stuff , but i do feel i have a very good grasp on the run and upkeep of a farm and im so interested in keeping myself growing and learning in this amazing field( could be a bit of a play on words there... ).
I'm wondering if any of you fine folk might have, or know someone who might be in need of some assistance. Preferably i'm looking for work, but in saying that, money isn't horribly necessary if the right opportunity comes up.
I'm currently living in Cawston BC and would like to stray not to far if possible but i'm open to other things!
Feel free to message me with any questions or ideas!