I want to let everyone know that I am planning to move to Clearwater, Florida, in mid January. I thought I was in Illinois to stay, but various factors came together that caused me to change my mind.
The next phase of creation to make Lockie Farm a demonstration site for restoration agriculture (a la what Mark Shepard, author of “Restoration Agriculture” is doing) is to add in livestock (cattle, pigs, chickens, etc.) grazing between rows of woody perennial polyculture (chestnut trees, fruit trees, hazelnut shrubs, grapes, and various kinds of berries). I do not have the resources for this next step, but, more importantly, I do not have the interest to do it myself. My basic purpose is more to bring sanity to government and help raise people’s spiritual awareness.
I recently attended, as did 320 others, an awards dinner for the Prairie Rivers organization where Mark Shepard was the keynote speaker. During the cocktail hour before the dinner, I managed to speak with Mark for over five minutes. When I told him I was Case Study #1 with the Savanna Institute, he shook my hand and gave me a great acknowledgement–and then acknowledged me publicly during his speech! Cool to now personally know “The Man”!
I have found a young couple who are passionate about restoration agriculture and interested in furthering the creation of Lockie Farm. Therin and Abby Bradshaw (see photo) will rent the house and continue to nurture the 5 rows of Woody Perennial Polyculture and 323 hazelnut shrubs around the perimeter. They will be growing food on the 1/2 acre around the house, including planting into the hugelkultur beds. They’ll also be getting chickens going in spring.
I will be leasing the surrounding acres to Kevin Wolz, my Savanna Institute mentor, who will plant more rows of trees/shrubs/berries leading to the creation of silvopasture, with livestock grazing between the rows.
In Clearwater, I’ll be able to work more closely with the computer person for The Affinity Exchange (dating service), plus there are more chances for expanding that business by living there.
When I was in Clearwater in 2011, I started a choir. I look forward to working again with them (singer, director, arranger).
The Libertarian Party is pretty strong in Florida, so I would volunteer with them to further my interest in bringing sanity to government.
And, hopefully, it will be easier for me to find a “mate” while in Clearwater.
My nephew and his family is down the road, and my sister and her husband are around the corner, so there are a bunch of people to help me further the evolution of Lockie Farm.
Love to all, Marcia Powell
Owner of Lockie Farm