Meet rain parker @8owlsfarmstead
from brevard, north carolina, usa 🇺🇸 “i got inspired to grow food in 2010. i wanted to cultivate better health & a lifestyle that made me happy. at the time i weighed 300 pounds & didn’t want to anymore. i had a lot of health issues & anxiety and depression as well. i needed to design a totally different life than my desk job provided me. i needed very different sort of foods landing on my plate… & even better yet - ones that required some exercise to land there.
my wife temica and i began to transition into permaculture in 2015, so at this time we are busy installing our permaculture design & planting a two acre forest garden. that is mostly made up of fruit & nut trees, berry bushes & perennial edibles. however, we do still grow a lot of annuals around those spaces. we are both paleo for the most part, so we grow a little bit of everything that fits into our diets. i have been able to keep off the 150 pounds i lost by transitioning into growing more of my own food.
we operate a no till system & find that it does a lot for our soil health. we are beyond organic in practice & spray absolutely nothing on our plants. we use chickens & rabbits for manure, generate a lot of compost, & are big fans of cover cropping.
our homestead is an educational space, so we host workshops, immersions and events for women who want to homestead or begin practicing permaculture. we use our space to talk to people that are interested in losing weight by transitioning from city life to homestead life. we have created a good community here where people get inspired to grow real food and heal their land.
our beautiful planet is in a bit of peril from the things humans have been putting it through for a long time. i also think that a lot of people’s health is suffering from lifetimes of poor eating and exercise habits. i think permaculture has the potential to make a huge impact on our planet and its people if folks would just give it a chance. if more people would take the time required to come to understand it & cultivate the patience to implement it. it has certainly made a massive impact on my own life & land.” #transformation