I am a Professional Counselor, Life Coach, and Consultant located in Columbia, Missouri. I have been developing a small urban homestead in the last year. I am experimenting sustainable living practices at my home to better teach others. My home is near downtown and I am very connected to this community. I prefer a volunteer who has a strong interest or some experience with sustainable practices. Permaculture enthusiast a bonus!
I'm typically at the office 11ish to 7ish Mon-Thurs, like a quiet home by midnight at the latest and like to sleep in most days. Friday-Sunday I'm free to do bigger home projects. I have liberal views, conservative with resources, supportive in nature, and a hard work ethic. Whether it's with my counseling co-op or at home, I don't think in hierarchical terms with me as the boss but having an organizer role in a team effort. With that said, I'm highly invested in my time and space so I will assert my preferences. Internet access and one pet cat.
I need help taking care of my budding homestead, honing what's already developed, and starting new projects. During slow periods I may ask to help with office work at my business.
Already established projects to learn and help maintain:
Land analysis, planning, designing, and zoning
DYI building from re-purposed material
Raising chickens and rabbits Wild edible foraging
Food storage: drying, freezing foods, fermenting
Established ferments: Kim che, sauerkraut, kombucha, fruits, water kefir soda and wine, champagne yeast wines
Composting and gleaning scraps from local sources for the chickens Rain harvesting
Garden design and maintaining (Organic, non GMO, raised beds, keyhole design, lasagna bed, companion planting)
Projected projects to help start:
Closed loop for animals: Growing fodder & raising mealworms
Experimenting with solar power: harvesting electricity, dehydrator, concentrated sunbeam
Irrigation and better gray water system
Yogurt and cheese making
More garden space including an hugleculture
Other opportunities include:
You will learn self-sustainable practices already established and help experiment with new projects.
Connect with local sustainability enthusiasts and local urban gardeners and farmers.
I can show you what the area offers especially biking, hiking, concerts, festivals, dancing, meditation, and social events.
Opportunities to connect with intentional communities.
Possible school credit.