My girlfriend and I are looking for opportunities in NW Michigan (greater Grand Traverse region) for the better part of the 2019 year. My background is in ecosystem restoration, outreach coordination, park maintenance/services; and my girlfriend is a graphic designer who also does fine art, so there are a lot of realms we could help out on! We are looking to relocate to that area so I can look for my own property to establish a permaculture farm with greenhouse operation as primary income, and so that she can pursue selling her art in nearby communities. I am focusing my search between Traverse City, Muskegon, and Cadillac, so if you're in or around that area and have some work or WWOOF opportunities, please let us know! We would prefer to both have paying jobs, but I am willing to do a work exchange for food/housing if there isn't enough paid work available. Mainly we just want to be able to subsist (and she would like to pay off her student loans), help with projects around the property, learn skills related to greenhouses, small-scale farming, wild harvesting, carpentry, and re-purposing material as much as possible.
A little about us; we have three cats and a dog, my hobbies are pc gaming, guitar/piano, reading, exploring natural areas, baking, and physical training. She likes to paint, read, explore natural areas, do crafty things with scavenged materials, and cook. We both have our own permaculture pursuits; she is interested in apothecary/herbalism for healing and general well-being, so she is currently learning about foraging for plants to be used in salves, tinctures, oils, teas, etc. I am more interested in self-sufficiency in food and energy systems, so my focus is more in taking raw materials and refining them, like the process of growing cereals, milling it, and turning it into bread. I like the idea of being in control of most, if not all, my food needs, but most of my experience is with integrated pest management (mostly for invasive plant species).
If you need any help around your property, or have farm/food production positions opening up in the next few months for this area, please let us know! We are excited to delve more deeply into all things permaculture, meet awesome people along the way, and build relationships that work for everyone involved. If you would like a copy of our resume's, send me a personal message with your email.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!