Community Farming, Community Permaculture
Erin & Sam Schreier
Erin and Sam Schreier started the permaculture transition of this farm in 2010 when they planted their first garden, a 100' x 100' plot with micro-swales. Sam grew up on this farm, and had always wanted to see it come back into its historic use; Erin grew up farming in southern New Hampshire, and was eager to get her hands back into the dirt after years of suburbia.
They were married in the back yard that year, and began an all-in permaculture mission with the goal of being at least 50% self-sufficient in five years.
That didn't happen (yet!), but they hosted Permaculture Day 2015 here on the farm
on their fifth anniversary, which was pretty dang cool in its own right.
Sam earned his PDC from Geoff Lawton in 2013. When you're visiting, look for Sam's innovations all over the farm, including self-watering gardens, biochar creators, stacked-function animal ecosystems, rocket mass heaters, and tons more.
Erin works off-farm at a local college as a writing professor and Assistant
Director of Academic Support.
On-farm, she writes for the farm blog, and is the Headmistress of Animals and Gardens. She cans and preserves as much as possible, and that self-sufficient food goal
is inching ever closer.
Erin and Sam have three young children, and have home schooled them until recently. When they realized that the farm was too big to manage alone, they took a leap of faith and opened their dream of a community farming space dedicated to permaculture education.
Ray and Randi Dudley
Ray and Randi, pictured here with Sam at one of their first rocket mass workshop events, have been sharing knowledge and helping us build (and burn) things since 2013. We met the Dudleys at a tour of their micro-homestead that began a years-long endeavor to build, innovate, create, grow, and permaculture together. It also began a deep friendship! 2016 was a banner year, as we welcomed the Dudleys not only into the farm-family fold, but the inner family as well when they agreed to be godparents to our children.
The Dudleys live off-site, but are an integral part of the planning, research, and project-implementation on the farm.
They experiment with small-acreage self-sufficiency on their micro-homestead
in Gilmanton. We are especially excited about Randi's study of medicinal herbs, and Ray's recent foray into the world of cob ovens. More to come on those!