Hello fellow permies!
I'm so glad to have found this site. I have been interested in permaculture/sustainable living/farming for a few years and have gone to workshops here and there and researched/read endlessly on the topics. However, I feel stuck. I am getting ready to finish up a year with Americorps in Alaska and am trying to decide what I want to do next with my life. I have a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and would really love a career that somehow combined my love of the earth and permaculture living with my passion for creating social change. My long term goal would be to start my own non-profit that would somehow incorporate the two in an urban/semi-urban setting to address environmental education, hunger, and poverty. That's long term though. My situation right now is that I can't think of many career/job options to pursue after Americorps that will allow me to fulfill those long term goals as well as take care of my student loan debt. Ideally, I would love to travel through WWOOF and similar opportunities or take an unpaid internship/apprenticeship on a farm somewhere. So I'm in a tough situation where the things I really want to do, and the things that could lead me down the path to where I want to be in 10-15 years, aren't exactly practical options since I have to make monthly payments on my debt. I am not at all a materialistic person, and would be blissfully happy living on a farm and only earning what I need to survive. Which makes it really disheartening to be burdened with debt from an education that I was pressured into pursuing before I was aware of alternatives. So I guess what I am asking for is any advice/alternatives/opportunities that anyone can think of, or stories of similar situations, that could help give me some direction and clarity in my process of trying to pursue this kind of life. Has anyone else successfully pursued a career in permaculture/sustainable farming while also having to worry about lots of debt? I know there isn't one simple answer to this situation, I'm just looking for some brainstorming help. Thanks! And Happy Earth Day!