Many Hands Peace Farm @ The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
- foraging and wildcrafting
- Playing music
- Agriculture, Horticulture, and Gardening
- Arts, Music, and Culture
- Green Building, Architecture or Construction
- Land Stewardship
- Landscape Architecture and Design
- Recycling and Waste Management
I’m a fourth-generation Chicano/Tejano from Fort Worth, TX. I studied Environmental Studies, Biology, and Feminist Studies and graduated from Southwestern University near Austin, TX. I currently co-manage a small nonprofit educational farm in the mountains of Southern Appalachia.
Many Hands Peace Farm (MHPF) located at the Mountain Retreat and Learning center focuses on agro-ecological literacy and educating students of all ages about the positive potential of regenerative agriculture. The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is owned by a conservation land-trust, requiring the farm to operate in ways that reduces ecological disturbance and habitat destruction. Through demonstrative, on-site regenerative agricultural systems and projects, MHPF hopes to serve as a model for others looking to maximize the potential of small-scale ecological farming.
The major farm-managed systems consists of mixed poultry, perennial fruit and nut trees, shiitake log production, annual field crops, and hothouse crops. Other non-managed systems include wild foraging and invasive species removal locations. In order to offset operational costs, we sell fresh produce, dried herbs/spices, and handcrafted value-added products such as salve, tincture, bookmarks, and lip balm.
I'm eager to learn more about the world through travel, networking, and mutual skill-sharing. I'm passionate about regenerative agriculture, natural building, decolonization, food sovereignty, bioregional resiliency, alternative economies, prison abolition, border and immigration work, environmental disaster relief, spiritual activism, and organizing political grassroots coalitions to disrupt/dismantle oppression and ecological destruction.
I listen to all kinds of music but especially prefer the artists: flying lotus, BBNG, milo, Thundercat, Philip Glass, Antibalas, Fela Kuti, Chicano Batman, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kendrick Lamar, and Busdriver.
I prefer to read sci-fi, fantasy, other fiction and non-fiction written by authors like: Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Gloria Anzaldua, James Baldwin, Starhawk, and Masanobu Fukuoka.
HMU if you're interested in decolonizing/healing/transforming yourself and the world through food, art, word, and song.