I have lived in a small town most of my life. My work experience began at a young age. I worked at the college I attended even thru a full-time, year-round schedule, in two different departments, with tasks ranging from office work and student services to student event planning. Also, through a Walgreen’s management internship, I was able to get management experienced, at the retail level, early on. After college, I worked in sales and customer service for a telephone company. I had commuted since college and wanted to work locally to have more time with family, so we started a local transportation logistics company. I was actively involved in all areas of the operation, accounting, sales, employees, etc., for several years. I also have experience in real estate, other business enterprises and online.
I have an entrepreneurial attitude and enjoy learning new things. This has led me to do self-directed studies of natural systems and have taken courses from The Geoff Lawton Permaculture Institute in Australia and Holistic Management International in Albuquerque, NM. I also have bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing, and continue self-directed studies in nutrition, history, marketing, and herbs.
I began implementing natural systems and homesteading principles on a small scale while still living in town. These included backyard chickens, fruit trees, traditional foods and cooking, natural medicine, herbs and a vegetable garden. The desire to be out on the land became a reality a couple years later. We currently live in the country near Plains TX.
Our plan is to have healthy land and a healthy family from the ground up, literally, through diversification and mimicking nature. We currently implement diverse plant and animal systems. We still grow an herb and vegetable garden, with the Back to Eden method and raise pastured chickens and livestock. I also employ permaculture and holistic management principles such as planned grazing and perennial food systems, and other regenerative methods important in maintaining healthy land and ecosystem processes (water and mineral cycles, biological community, and energy flow).
I enjoy living on the land and being close to nature. I strive to live a simple life and continue to implement various traditional methods of cooking, preserving, gardening, wholefoods and natural medicine. We practice the 4 r’s, reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose. I also enjoy teaching and learning from others, as well as sharing new and old ways of doing things. Especially in instilling these type of skills to my children and other young people, as well as a strong work ethic, moral, and biblical values that seem to be in rapid decline. I strive to be a good steward of all that God has blessed me with and like to share the knowledge with others.