In 2008 I found myself living on a 2-acre farm in northwest Marin, having never farmed before. The economy pretty much debilitated my real estate development career, so I decided to rehab the farm and apply to the California Farmstay Program.
I'm a Marin County native and have lived in California my whole life. I was a journalist after majoring in writing and philosophy in college, but I also went through the interior design certification program, as well as real estate studies. I love local history, and I am a graphic artist, photographer and painter. I've been a landlord for 20+ years and enjoy great relationships with my tenants.
I do quite a bit of volunteer work locally (mostly graphics and PR for various non-profits), but mostly I work around the farm on a gazillion ongoing projects. Since being here I've really gotten into power tools and came to the realization that building has a lot on common with sewing - and is especially fun if you look at it all as art.
One thing that changed in the past year is that I don't think I'm 'pretending' to be a farmer any more. I graduated in May from the Marin Master Gardener's Program, so now I feel a little bit more capable of managing the landscape. I no longer look forward to sun down or shorter days, and I take my showers at night instead of the morning. My favorite time to be in the garden is in the hours before the sun sets when the light is all golden as the heat recedes. I love to garden in the moonlight on those balmy windless nights during the summer - with my headlamp. Warning - I'm a night-owl!