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Andrew Rodriguez
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Hello Permies.com!
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

REFERENCES AND EARLIER EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 
Tari Newton
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Aww...I love these pictures of you guys!


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Jonathan Overlin
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We are in Iowa, if you may be interested.
 
Andrew Rodriguez
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Just posting an update: Receiving my Permaculture design certificate from Andrew Faust in Brooklyn.
 
Jay Grace
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Great résumé.
 
Andrew Rodriguez
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Why thank you!
 
Andrew Rodriguez
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Hey Permies,
I have met a lot of great people from this site and am still looking for a spot to land long term. I think I should specify specifically what we are looking for to avoid confusion.
We are actively trying to avoid the boss/worker hierarchy and are really looking for folks who want to collaborate and share the workload, allowing our interests to guide what we work on.
We are specifically interested in low impact forest farming, growing medicinals, fermentation, perennial food forests, bioremediation via mycelia networks and learning ways to establish systems that require very little inputs.
The ideal situation for us would be a work/trade starting from a blank slate, working with landowners who either don't have the time to make their permaculture dreams a reality or a small community of like minded folks who are wanting to create something from the ground up and need people to cover gaps in their skill sets. People, like the rest of the natural world, can accomplish great things when allowed to operate in a fashion/pace that is native to them.
The reason for this is so we can take our time in getting to know the land and sense of place and moving forward in a thoughtful matter so that systems established in the farm's beginnings support later additions.
If the position is an established farm or paid position, obviously the pace of our work shifts more towards the "market hustle" and we are open to a "employee" relationship if it allows us to be sustained. I do freelance graphic design as a profession and Sarah is a trained music and vocal teacher, just thought I would throw that out there for people wondering how we are able to support ourselves.

 
Mark Warren
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Would you consider Northern Maine ? I have an acre or two that you can work on in exchange for helping me. Work the acreage properly and in short order you could be making money. This is an excellent area to live. Almost all the people are just plain good. There are jobs available as well. We could build you a Cabin on skids. When you put together about $ 3000.00, I know of many in the area that will finance you. Especially if they can see the work you have already completed. Load the cabin on a truck then move to your own place. You will also have the outbuildings you will need to be up and in operation. Things you will need like an outhouse, woodshed on skids, smoker on skids, etc.. I think you get the idea. Or in exchange for helping me, I'll give you a no cost lease on 5 acres.
 
Laura Look
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Hey there! Are y'all still looking for something? We are seeking a three month intern (possibly longer even) for our organic garden. I'm at the Ecovillage Training Center which is in an intentional community called The Farm. Check out our website www.thefarm.org and send me an email at ecohostel@icloud.com if you'd like to talk more

~ Laura
 
Jules Harrell
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Location: upstate NY near MA/VT
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Well folks, you  are local to us. Feel free to drop me a line, I sent you an email. photonicgirl@hotmail.com

Might be a good fit. Only way is to check each other out. Fortunately you live close enough to come visit which is how we generally prefer to start our community experience with newcomers.

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Nicky Frechette
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Location: Keene, United States
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omg...   I think we should talk.  Are you still looking for a community?  
 
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