Remona Mansilla-Perry

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

About me.  I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm humble enough to say so and ask for help.  I feel a call to do what's right for my family.  Moving away from the city and learning now to "fish" for ourselves while making a change in the world seems to be the right choice.  I am not your conventional anything.  I push social norms.  Acceptance and love is our greatest ability.

I've removed my children from the brick and mortar school with the idea in mind that children today are not learning common sense.  They need time doing things that will sustain their lives.  Spending so much time away from their parents has caused quite the deficit in learning what was most important - people skills and survival skills.

As for farming... I have at least 6 or 7 mostly grown adult/"teen-dult" individuals in my family that are able to help.  I have been "herding cats" for a while now.  I've learned how to delegate amongst my tribe.  They've many strengths.  One of my partners has a multitude of previously gained homesteading skills.  We have friends that we've helped with garden work, crop cultivation, bug infestation, etc.

We camp and have been preparing a library of "help" but it's not the same as the application from mentoring.

I'm petrified to jump out into the deep end.  We are hoping to find our roots and our tribe.  

I have a nuclear engineering technology degree.  I also have an incomplete educational background in nursing, and one of my partners is a medic.  I currently work in home health.  I have above average critical thinking and problem solving skills.  

I am absolutely dedicated to finding a better way of life and doing this... "Be scared... and do it anyway."  Anyone willing to teach/trade/mentor/looking for tribe/intentional community?

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Adirondack Region
    • Clinton
    • Essex
    • Franklin
    • Hamilton
    • Warren
  • Central
    • Herkimer
    • Chenango
    • Cortland
    • Madison
    • Oneida
    • Onondaga
    • Oswego
    • Otsego
  • Capital Area
    • Albany
    • Fulton
    • Montgomery
    • Rensselaer
    • Saratoga
    • Schenectady
    • Schoharie
    • Washington
  • Southern Tier
    • Allegany
    • Broome
    • Chemung
    • Steuben
    • Tioga

Desired acreage:

6-10, 11-20

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access

Description of infrastructure:

I need a safe dwelling for children to live, the ability to keep it warm in the winter, and running water - (safe) well water preferred.

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains

Primary Livestock:

Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Description of livestock/crops:

I have nothing except the want to learn.  Please teach us?[

Farmland Tenure

Description of tenure options desired:

What, AND ALL, I have is the dedication to my children and their continued survival.  I'm a mother of 11.   I come from a life of being taught that I could be anything I wanted to be and that ignores the very basics of what we need.  We're driven to be all that we can be, and the more money we make, the more successful we're considered.  My fundamental base has been shook.  I am seeing life from a different perspective and my ability and drive is a push to change the world. If my and mine's existence makes life more bearable for another, with the guarantee of a roof over our heads and the allowance to grow, self sustain and exist... survival is resistance, and yet it also provides to be a beacon for others who seek.  

I hope I'm not too optimistic.

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Other

Experience description:

My partner has previous homesteading experience.  We also camp often with less than modern convenience.  What I don't know, I have an affinity for learning.  We can all be taught.