You know that moment when you realize that something that’s awful at face value has turned out to be a huge blessing?
In August, my landlady decided to sell the condo I’d been renting for 5 years and gave me 30 days to get out.
Then, in the midst of figuring out where I would live and attempting to buy a house, my employers decided I was too expensive and started pushing me out of the job I’d had for 2.5 years.
Now I own a home with land I can grow on, and I spend my days doing freelance data planning and analysis work for local food businesses and organizations!
Someone pinch me, please.
So here’s the current plan: Start growing microgreens over the summer and begin the process of building networks of chefs. This is small scale – I’ve got about 40 square feet in greenhouse space. If I can build it to $500-1000 a month in sales, my roommate is interested in leaving her job to take the lead on a market garden scattered throughout the sunny front yards in our neighborhood. We’d target starting that next spring and run with it for a few years.I’ll continue to consult throughout – I love it, make good money, and I can control how the time I spend with a fair amount of precision. Then when I have the funds saved and the opportunity comes along to buy land for the Ecosystem, I’ll jump on it!
It may seem like a convoluted path, but it’s a path. And more importantly, it’s a path I can take action on, one that doesn’t depend on me convincing donors, investors or grant makers that this idea deserves a chance.
Seriously, pinch me?