What is your previous experience with Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Development?
I have been farming/organic gardening and learning permaculture for the past 5 years in many different ways. The first farm I worked at that motivated me so much to stay on this path of growing food was a farm owned by a 94 year old farmer. He had beautiful property on a creek bed where he specializes in growing lots of mineral rich greens and root crops. There, I was introduced to the magic of growing food and the joy of providing it for others. I also worked at a natural foods cooperative that had their own farm. Heritage Point, it was called, was an even larger operation than where I got started. We used a tractor and did very long row vegetables as well as two full sized green houses and organic free ranged eggs. It was very busy, hard, fast work but I learned so much and got fast at farming so to speak. I also worked at an inner city urban farm and outreach program. This special place was my first introduction to permaculture, bio intensive, bio dynamic, soil restoration, and urban farming. I loved it. I knew this was more of the approach I wanted to take growing food. My next step was to escape the cold east coast winters and head to the tropics to learn more about tropical fruit trees and permaculture. I was so blessed to receive an internship right away on Kauai, Hawaii. I worked and lived for two years on a 6 acre permaculture/bio intensive farm. I studied under a permaculture teacher as well as a 75 year old organic farmer who has been farming successfully in Hawaii for 30 years and started the Hawaiian Organic Farmers Association. This was the most thorough education I have ever gotten in my live. We had a quarter acre market garden that fed 6 plus people as well as one market presence a week. The rest of the land was planted in a large food forest. I loved this and so enjoyed getting to know all of the tropical plants and their roles and how they support each other.
What are your reasons for joining WWOOF Mexico?
Learning about sustainable living and agriculture, Getting to know Mexico better, Other
What do you want the farms and fellow WWOOFers to know about you?
I am a very dedicated, focused, loving, and simple person. I have a deep love for nature and taking care of earth and growing quality food for people. For over 5 years I have maintained a regular yoga practice and I follow the philosophy of yoga, devotion, and service. I'm easy to get along with, My needs are minimal, I love to listen, I follow direction, I'm motivated and happy to be alive.
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