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College Grad; University of California, Santa Cruz / undergrad/post grad @ College of Marin
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Hey, I’m Nancy!

California, United States · Member since June 2010

In 2008 I found myself living on a 2-acre farm in northwest Marin, a property I had intended to do a spec-build on, but instead I ended up keeping the 5 cottages and renourishing the farm - having never farmed before. The recession had pretty much debilitated my real estate development career, so I decided to upgrade the structures and go with the idea of a 'Permaculture B & B.'
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, after which I spent several years in retail - in the bedding industry! Worked for several vendors such as Macy's, Sheridan & Scandia Down Shop, and always did the window displays - having gone through the local community college's interior design certification program, as well as real estate studies. What a perfect blend of things to prep me for what I'm doing now!
I love local history, and I am a graphic artist, photographer and painter. I've been a local landlord for 25+ years and enjoy great relationships with my tenants. I am keenly interested in the whole affordable housing issue, and participate on several committees involved with community development.
I do 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 in common with sewing - and is especially fun if you look at it all as art. The permaculture aspect is very compelling, and the more I learn, the more I am able to implement things that bring my costs down and my yields up - guest satisfaction, too!
One thing that changed in the past few years is that I don't think I'm 'pretending' to be a farmer any more. I graduated in May 2013 from the Marin Master Gardener 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 serious night-owl!
I have a great staff onsite. José has been with me full time for 2+ years. He is from Guatemala and comes from a farming family. His mom & dad are sending beans and seeds native to their region, and José's little garden looks amazing! He is also a 'pig whisperer!' Chris, the charismatic tall guy on the ladder, is my hi-tech master, as well as artistic welder and all-around trouble-shooter. He's been with me for 4+ years, and though we are political polar opposites, we get along famously.
I am definitely 'in my element' here - I love the challenge of developing the farm into the ultimate country experience for guests, where they can learn [hands-on, if they like] about composting, planting, animals and art. And don't forget to relax - hot tub, spa, hammock or meander...
For a while, my life's motto has been one I learned long ago from Dr. Donald Palmer, my amazing philosophy mentor; 'Do not multiply entities beyond necessity' (Occham's Razor).