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Daniel Palacios
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I am a wwoofer training to be a long term farm hand on this wonderful blueberry farm in north florida. Currently I'm the only one here and could use some help. Many hands make the load lighter. I also want to start a few sustainable gardening projects and raise animals as helpers and members of the farm. We just got ducks and we are looking to expand the 5 acres (8,500) bushes into a larger farm! I personally want to build a green house a shade house a few chicken and rabbit tractors, and grow some serious food! Organic and home grown Is serious good food. We have tractors golf carts and trucks. We do not spray harmful chemicals on the organic farm and we raise bees to proove it! Please if it's a first time to wwoof or 7th time please contact me. Let's talk and see if it's a good fit! Accommodations include room bathroom kitchen food and wifi. Great place to wwoof!
 
Andrew Rodriguez
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We are a young couple with passion in our hearts and energy in our bodies looking for work that matters. The ideal situation for us would be working on or creating/running a small permaculture or organic farm (preferably vegetables/fruits and eggs with some specialty crops like mushrooms, spirulina, garlic, micro livestock, etc.) in exchange for housing, resources and/or a salary. Between us is over a decade of gardening experience. We are looking to help someone achieve their vision of a sustainable agro-ecosystem. CURRENTLY LOCATED IN NYC, so preference to Hudson Valley Locations but WE ARE WILLING TO RELOCATE as long as there is a town a drive away. We are looking to make arrangements by Spring 2016.

About us...
My name is Andrew, I am a Liberal Arts Major at BMCC, an avid urban farmer and a digital artist. I have previously developed succesful urban farms to bring the local food production movement to my community. I have worked on conventional homesteads as well, where my main focus was maintaining a wide variety of crops and teaching children about the native flora and fauna, the seasonal and reproductive cycle of plants and insects, pest identification, livestock care and the connectivity of species in nature. I am a fastidious researcher and planner and enjoy creating financial plans, thinking of whole systems integration and creating "dream farms" where no waste is created and production components complement each other. I have also had less horticulturally oriented jobs such as babysitting, illustration, bartending and cash handling; jobs that requiring tactful interaction, organization, creativity and focus.

Her name is Sarah, She is a music teacher, seamstress, gardener and all around sweetheart who will either work on the farm or get a job in town.

Let me know if there is a project we can be a part of, we wish to set down roots and make good with the land.


QUALIFICATIONS
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-Five years of organic farming experience: successfully raised from seed/cutting heirloom vegetable annuals, tropical fruit trees and plants, mold, moss, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, perennial berries, herbs and more.
-Sustainable farming experience under the direction of Raasa Leela Montebello, a certified permaculture instructor taught by Ben Falk, Andrew Faust and Steve Brill.
-Urban farming experience, grew tomatoes, squash, kale, carrots, beets, radishes, sunflowers, peppers, rhubarb, cantaloupe, broccoli, wheatgrass and herbs on a 15x25 plot in Queens, NY in 2015. In this project I used forest soil and humus from upstate New York and cultivated indigenous micro organisms and mycelia growth to improve soil fertility.
-Experienced in care of chickens, ducks, tropical fish, carp, nematodes and microorganisms, pythons, small reptiles, amphibians, cats, dogs and goats
-Experienced in the care of beneficial garden insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, butterflies, katydids, ants, bees, bush crickets and praying mantis.
- Passion and respect for the earth. It is my belief that our relationship to our habitat, environment and world is the most significant aspect of life and can help cultivating flourishing community.
- Experience using some power tools, lifting over 50 lbs and working in the summer heat.
- Experience with keeping records and almanacs through journals, info sheets and blogging.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Mac and PC OS and web design.
- In love with learning. Interested in animal husbandry, natural farming, reforestation, permaculture, entomology, alternative food movement, native plant foraging, medicinal plants, animation, storytelling, music, mythology, sustainability, illustration and philosophy.
- A people's person: I love to interact with people at work and have worked a number of positions that require outstanding social skills.
- Drawing and draftsman ability using watercolors, inks and Photoshop. My personal portfolio and comic books can be seen at www.newcleeart.com<http://www.newcleeart.com/>

RECENT POSITIONS 2014-2015
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Activities and Maintenance Director
Tenderfoot Farms, Ashland, Virginia
- In charge of the care and health of chickens, ducks and bees as well as the vegetable garden and peach orchards.
- Animal husbandry, organic pest control, soil fertility knowlege and willingness to live without modern conveniences such as air conditioning and plumbing.
- Educated visitors and their children on the farm activities and the native life of the property.
- Ran a nature camp, taking children out to the field so they could take part in harvesting, bug catching and plant identification.
- Housekeeping, childcare and cooking duties for the homestead.
- In charge of identifying and removing problem pests such as tomato hornworm, harlequin beetle, cucumber beetle, green stink bug, cabbage worm, squashbug and Japanese beetle. Also responsible for coming up with organic or biological solutions and/or prevention techniques for various pests.
- Identified and recorded native species of plants, animals, trees and insects out in the field for biodiversity reports.
- Bred crickets, katydids and locusts for research in determining the palatability, domesticabily and practicality of insects for an alternate food source for livestock and as garden beneficials.

Assistant
Harlockson Farm and Construction, Ashland,VA
- Assisted in various farm and construction tasks, major project was building a moveable chicken tractor out of a discarded trailer.
- Assisted in the cultivation and sale of organic oyster and shiitake mushroom.
- Split lumber and kept roads clear of falling timber.
- Organized dinner parties and farm activity meet-ups.
- Cared for the property.

Garden Manager
Platz and Moore, Ridgewood, NY
- Converted an empty, trash filled lot into a highly productive agri-ecosystem.
- Used sustainable practices such as soil remineralization, organic compost, rain water recycling, companion planting, cover crops and introduction/attraction of pollinating insects.
- Seed saving of heirloom varieties.
- Educated volunteers on the care, maintenance and life cycle of plants.
- Over 80 percent of what was grown was donated to the community restaurants and artist studios.

EDUCATION
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-Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts at Borough of Manhattan College, New York, NY
-Associates Degree in Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College

CONTACT INFORMATION
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#: (561)-420-5493
Armax000@hotmail.com<mailto:Armax000@hotmail.com>
701Woodward ave.
Ridgewood, New York 11385
 
Lindsay Jacobs
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Hi,

I am new to this site, but I was wondering if you had found anyone for helping you at the blueberry farm? I am looking to move up to north Florida in about a month and would love to help out with your projects. Please contact me at nwuthink@yahoo.com and I can tell you more about myself. Thank you! Lindsay
 
Rachel Mccorkle
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Hi Daniel, We are a small low maintenance family consisting of a husband (Jason), wife (Rachel), and 9 year old child (Ethan) from Central Florida.
The lifestyle you present, in your post, is something we've been naturally gravitating towards for years. We are an environmentally conscious family who has a diverse skill set that would most likely be useful to a farm. Also, possessing the aptitude and drive to learn new skills with some speed. We share your interest in sustainable gardening. We also don't mind tent living with access to water, electricity and wifi for our small art business and homeschooling. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact info: jasonmccorkleart@gmail.com
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beth Cromwell
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I live in Ocala, and love organic blueberries and bees! But I do not know what WWOOF means. I can volunteer time though, depending on your location. Can you tell me about this, please?
betti2day4@gmail.com is my e-mail...
 
patrick rossi
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Awesome set up idea. High Springs area? Wife and I Looking for 5-10 acres in High Springs for purchase. Saw a dandy blueberry farm on 80th. I would work for some blueberries. Haaa yum.
Daniel Palacios wrote:I am a woofer training to be a long term farm hand on this wonderful blueberry farm in north florida. Currently I'm the only one here and could use some help. Many hands make the load lighter. I also want to start a few sustainable gardening projects and raise animals as helpers and members of the farm. We just got ducks and we are looking to expand the 5 acres (8,500) bushes into a larger farm! I personally want to build a green house a shade house a few chicken and rabbit tractors, and grow some serious food! Organic and home grown Is serious good food. We have tractors golf carts and trucks. We do not spray harmful chemicals on the organic farm and we raise bees to proove it! Please if it's a first time to wwoof or 7th time please contact me. Let's talk and see if it's a good fit! Accommodations include room bathroom kitchen food and wifi. Great place to wwoof!
 
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