I'm very interested in working with people who are interested in urban food production. I have substantial experience remediating spoiled land and bringing it back into a quality that will produce highly flavorful nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables. I've been pursuing this path since the 70's. I think current changes in the culture will allow local governments to be more supportive of urban farming. I'm very interested in assisting, with resources, experiential knowledge and equipment, people who are interested in creating well designed urban food and diversity gardens.
What skills or experience would you share? We need architects, artists, planners, scholars, farmers, web wizards, fundraisers, vintners, vegan chefs, grant writers, carpenters, beekeepers, scientists, dreamers, lobbyists - you get the idea ...
Since the mid-90s, I've organized an presented over a dozen BIODYNAMIC FOOD AND FARMING CONFERENCES in the Mid-Atlantic Region. I've hosted Joel Salatin (of Omnivore's Dilemma farm) at presentations in D.C. and Michael Ableman ("Fields of Plenty." Michael is probably Americas foremost urban gardener (see his "On Good Land"), of course, right now, Will Allen probably has him beat, but Michael is the better farmer...) I hosted Weston A Price Foundation founder, Sally Fallon, at AU a couple of seasons ago. ("Nourishing Traditions")
I've been supplying biodynamic CSA shares to Washington for over a dozen years. I am a nationallly known expert on biodynamic food and farming as well as other alternative humus and food quality buiding systems.
I have always farmed with a focus on 'how are we going to do this when the System breaks down." That thinking is becoming more valuable every day and, very soon, I'm afraid, it will be very very valuable.
I am connected with a very deep network of eco-farmers world-wide, people who are always happy to throw their expertise toward any project that I've been involved in.
A few years back, I founded "The Garden Patch," a food garden for homeless vets, which was quite an experience, believe me, but, boy, did we grow some wonderful tomatoes!!
I also have a long involvement with Wellness, especially "The Farm, not the Pharmacy!!" thinking. Herbalist James A. Duke is one of my good friends and supporters, as are Jerry Brunetti and Sally Fallon.
Previous collective living experience?
commune, intentional community
What would you like to offer?
equipment, labor, materials, technology, skill
What are your areas of interest?
alternative commerce, clean energy, intentional community, natural building, organic food, permaculture, urban farming, wellness, zero carbon
What level of commitment to an intentional community would you consider at this point?
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