Bobby Fallon

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Thanks Richard, I'll reach out to them!
2 years ago
I'm a single 24 yo male, healthy and full of energy. Looking for a farm opportunity somewhere in Missouri, preferably south of I-44 but I'm open so long as it's in Missouri.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR: FARMERS OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES
I am currently looking for a permaculture farm in Missouri, perhaps one in transition or one looking to make the transition. One looking to develop a mutually beneficial relationship.

I'm open to a few different scenarios.
Scenario 1: You have empty land in need of a permaculture food forest because you care about the world but don't have the time or energy to do it. So you allow me to work the land, building swales, planting trees, composting, building out buildings with your approval of course because it is your land after all. Perhaps we get along really well and you'd be willing to lease or sell some land to me after showing you my commitment. I would produce some growies for the market and explore other options for basic income to keep the farm growing and my bills paid.

Scenario 2:
You're in need of a farm manager or an assistant farm manager, one where you pay me a weekly paycheck but still allow a little room for side projects like compost toilets, hugelkulter beds, etc.

Scenario 3:
You just need some labor and a truck and are willing to pay for it.

WHEN?:
Next spring? Give us some time to develop a plan and get to know each other a little bit. It will allow me some time to stash up on funds in the meantime as well.  

ABOUT ME: INTELLIGENT & EAGER TO LEARN PERMACULTURE FARMING & DESIGN
I studied Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology. Mouth Full I know. I was on my way to becoming a Project Manager at a construction company and after some first hand experience I decided that life was no longer for me -- building mega buildings for the sake of making money does not appeal to me. I have a dream of owning my own permaculture farm while living in an eco-friendly home, be it Earthship or a tiki, I just want to live small but fully immersed in the land around me. Simple. Small. But oh so complex and beautiful. A life capable of feeding my community.
I've spent 3 months on a permaculture farm in the desert in Arizona this past winter and that alone taught me so much, first being that I know nothing and have so much more to learn! But I'm okay with that, I enjoy learning new things everyday. I'm a self-motivated, hard working individual willing to put in the hard work to gain your respect and trust. I absolutely love animals and I can figure them out pretty quickly but unfortunately I don't have any experience with farm animals but I hope to change that.

Personality wise, I'm an introvert with extrovert capabilities.

If you are interested please message me. I would be willing to answer any of your questions or concerns. Let's get to know each other so we can make sure it's a good fit. I would love both parties to mutually benefit from each other.

Email: rjfallon23@gmail.com
2 years ago
Here is a link to my gofundme campaign. GoFundMe - Permaculture School
I've also copied over the campaign letter below.

First, thank you for your interest in my campaign.

I will be attending the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA and taking their Ecological Landscaper Immersion program. The program begins June 12, only 3 months away from the start of this campaign, short window I know but we can make it!

The money raised here will go directly to tuition costs for the program. I am seeking to raise the full cost of tuition which will allow me to use my savings to cover living costs during the program as well as start a St. Louis based Permaculture/Food Forest Design company upon completion of the program. I will go into more details about my aspirations below and why I feel you might be interested in investing in me. But first let me tell you a little more about the program and permaculture and why it's exactly what not only St. Louis needs, but the world also.

This education program teaches students about ecological design rooted in permaculture and sustainability principles, something this world sorely needs. If you are unfamiliar with permaculture let me quickly explain. Permaculture basically means permanent-agriculture. Its aim is to make humans work  with nature instead of constantly working against nature. We can work with nature to create gardens in our backyards ripe with food while also creating habitat for beneficial wildlife, promoting soil health, reducing dependency on finite resoures, collecting and harvesting rainwater, and many, many more global and local benefits. It would be easy to write a book about the topic, so if you're interested in learning more about permaculture and sustainability follow this link Permaculture Principles.

This program doesn't stop with the theory of permaculture though, it offers much more for its students. It teaches personal and professional development including developing a business plan to managing business finances. This program will help us better heal this world through sustainable and regenerative agricultural cultivation.

The link below gives all the details and topics covered during the program if your interested in learning more about where I'm going. It's the same link as above.
Permaculture Skills Center - ELI Program Details

Now, more than ever, we need to get away from our food and resource dependencies. Buying organic tomatoes, peppers, spinach, kale, pecans and everything else from the grocery store just isn't enough when you consider the resources being used to get those products to the shelves. They're usually grown in monocrop fields which are a haven for that one particular pest that just loves tomatoes, hello hornworms! But with no habitat around for natural predators, those hornworms will just continue to run rampant.

The very operation of current food system screams unsustainability. Obviously there are far more issues than listed but let's take a brief look.
Modern mono-crop agriculture = heavy equipment usage and soil depletion
Grocery Store operation = significant energy usage in store operation alone
Shipping in trucks and trains = fossil fuel depletion
Fossil fuel extraction = harmful green house gases
Labeling and packaging = unneccesary plastic and trash

It doesn't have to be this way, our food can come from our home yards. Growing in our yards will help reduce our resource and energy dependencies and will minimize our carbon footprint. We know this is of the utmost urgency if we wish to build a liveable future for the generations to come. The beautiful part is that growing in our yards doesn't have to be as hard as we've  made it out to be. That's where permaculture steps in and leverages the natural world and its processes  to create an environment with minimal work or back breaking labor.

I will bring a Permaculture Design service back to St. Louis, MO with one goal of creating abundant food forests in the empty yards of St. Louis, helping to bring clean, healthy and beyond-organic food to the tables of St. Louis, while also restoring habitat for wild birds, bees, among many other benefits.  My operation will also give back in many forms including collaborating with education centers to offer the same education and opportunity to other prospecting students in the future.

I want my lifes mission to provide something positive to the world as most do, and creating abundant environments in which humans and all life alike can thrive rings true to my heart and soul. I just need your help in kickstarting this journey. I will give this dream everything I can. It will become a reality one way or another!

I am already on my way to pursuing this dream as I am currently working on an organic vegatable farm in the southern desert of Arizona. Being here, growing and providing clean food to people, has truly inspired me and reassured me that this is my life purpose but the journey doesn't stop here. I want to see everyone growing abundant environments all around their homes!

If you could donate $10 or more I will be forever grateful! I will keep all those who donate up to date on the my journey through the program.  If you can't, please share the campaign with your family and friends who may be interested in donating.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Your investments will be worthwhile I promise you!

With a humble heart,

Bobby Fallon
2 years ago
November 13, 2016 UPDATE
I have found a host farm and have discontinued my search however my current commitment is for 6 months which will end in June 2017. There is a possibility that I will stay longer but if you will be looking for someone around that time please do not hesitate to contact me. I will still be active on this forum so feel free to post here or email me. Email preferred.

Peace and love to all my fellow permies!
3 years ago
That's a phenomenal description, "helping former colonies recover from centuries of exploitation". I will be using that from now on instead, paints a more appropriate picture. I've just started to look into WWOOFing, however I thought I would come here first because of the memberships fees that are attached to WWOOF. Each organization has their own fees like WWOOFUSA, WWOOFMEXICO etc. Just somewhat of a drag because as you can imagine, a person in my shoes does not have much money to throw around and most of small income right now is being directed towards creating passive income online.

Over the past year I have sold off or given away nearly all of possessions. The prized memories sit in a couple totes at my mothers house. I've slimmed down to a 22L backpack but I still have a few more things to get rid of before I leave. I don't want to be that guy who just talks about the change I want to see, I want to be apart of that change, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. I've been thinking about my plans very seriously as well as the sacrifices I will have to make in order to be the change I want to see and I'm ready. I'm prepared to spend my life pushing humanity and the world in a positive direction. I may not know exactly what that entails just yet, but I no longer want to sit by idly watching the world crumble.

Thank you for the tips, I sincerely appreciate them!
3 years ago
Is this farm still up running and if it is are you seeking any help?
3 years ago
I'm a rook here, forgive me for the assumptions, but that's why I'm here - to learn
3 years ago
Thank you so much for the links! I appreciate the feedback and heads up. You're absolutely right, I'll be doing the learning for quite some time. I wasn't clear really, I would like to be able to help revive soils in places that have either poor soil or have stripped the land of all the nutrients from unsustainable practices. I would love to be the guy to show them what I've learned from the journey I'm about to embark on. Obviously that won't be for quite some time until I gather the necessary experience.
3 years ago
Hi there,

First off, thank you for your interest.

I'm just a guy trying to change his stars.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR: FARMERS WILLING TO HELP ME LEARN
I am currently looking for a permaculture farm who would be willing to house and pay me in exchange for back breaking labor on their farm. I'm not asking for much but just enough to save up a little money to fuel some adventures. If you can't pay me but know of any local opportunities I would do that as well. I won't rule you out if you can't offer a stipend.

WHEN?: ASAP AFTER DECEMBER 19, 2016. I understand I will have to go south because of the time. Unless you have a lot of building to do, in which case I will gladly help.

ABOUT ME: INTELLIGENT & EAGER TO LEARN & VEGAN
I studied Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology. Mouth Full I know. I was on my way to becoming a Project Manager at a construction company and after some first hand experience I decided that life was no longer for me -- building crappy buildings for the sake of making money does not appeal to me. I have a dream of owning my own permaculture farm while living in an Earthship home. 100% self sustaining, self sufficient and capable of feeding my community. Perhaps I can gather years of experience to play a consulting role someday, enlightening others to this way of life. I dream of traveling to under-developed countries helping and teaching how to cultivate the land better and more environmentally friendly. But here's the kicker, I have no experience on a permaculture farm. I am studying up on permaculture as much as I can though! I am looking for someone brave enough to offer me that first opportunity and I promise you, I will not disappoint you. I can't think of any better way to learn than dive head first into permaculture farming. I'm a self-motivated, hard working individual willing to put in the hard work to gain your respect and trust. I absolutely love animals and am very good with them. I have made the switch to veganism but I'm not trying to get in everyone's face telling them to switch. If your farm has dairy cows or chickens or whatever it may be I will still take the opportunity so long as I'm not involved in their exploitation or slaughter. If I have to gather eggs so be it, I won't complain. I don't drink, I'm no drug addict.
I am determined to see this dream become a reality. I want to create a better life for my myself and my future family.
I would be willing to go anywhere in the world as long as the opportunity presents itself.

If you are interested please message me. I would be willing to answer any of your questions or concerns. Let's get to know each other so we can make sure it's a good fit. I would love both parties to mutually benefit from each others help.

Email: rjfallon23@gmail.com
3 years ago