After growing up on a small hobby farm, I graduated an Environmental Science major from the University of British Columbia before transitioning into a career in Information Technology. I moved to the city for university and have lived the urban life since. I’ve enjoyed living in the city, it’s been an education on culture and a wild ride as well.
That said, an important part of me always misses the country. I grew up in the woods, on 40 acres in the hills of rural southern Oregon. We had no TV growing up – we spent most of our time outside enjoying nature’s rich bounty of activities. We would build tree forts, fish for catfish and bass in our neighbor’s pond, play with the animals (pigs, ducks, chickens, sheep, pheasants, peacocks, horse, donkey, etc), hunt, camp, hike – whatever sounds neat to a kid with freedom and endless natural space to play in. What an amazing childhood that is.
Fast forward to 2009. After moving to the Philippines, I discovered Gil’s teachings through a friend and eventually became a student of Gil’s. I’ve been playing with his recipes for a few years now. I’ve seen his teachings’ effectiveness and I’ve had a ton of fun discovering all the different ways we can learn from nature.
With a background in natural science and a career in technology, I’ve been constantly looking for ways to unite my passion with my expertise. The more I learned from Gil the more I became wrapped up with the possibilities. He and I talked about a site and became very excited about all the things we want to share.
This site is the route I have found to utilize my skills in service of my ideals. I want it to grow and become a community, a place where people can come and share. Share ideas, experiences, knowledge, and passion. I want it to become a tremendous resource of “unconventional” farming knowledge, and an inspiration for those with the awareness to appreciate it.
These lofty goals boil down to a ton of hard work. I’ve poured countless hours into this, and I’ve only barely touched the surface of my goals here. It’s a good mission and I’m happy to be on it.