Meet Bret @high.sierra.permaculture from Nevada city, California, United States 🇺🇸 “I live in Northern California with my partner Beth and son Sequoia on a 30 acre permaculture homestead. We became stewards to this bare piece of land a little over 2 years ago - and in that time built an amazing yurt as our home, a 1/4 acre garden, started an orchard, pasture chickens and doing whatever we can to maintain a healthy ecosystem on this beautiful property.
I became inspired to grow food as I became more aware of my impact on this world. Deep down, I knew growing my own food was a part of life and interconnectedness with nature I had been missing. I started learning about all the toxins and who-knows-what else is in our food. I began to buy organic foods and from there started with container gardening on my apartment balcony. I like being part of the natural cycle and sharing the abundance with others.
I live in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, called Nevada City. This location in California is a special Mediterranean climate that holds both unique growing opportunities with long seasons, as well as challenges with 6 months of drought and high temps.
A full-functioning homestead requires a lot of work year-round, so attention is divided between the garden and building projects, splitting firewood, tending chickens etc… The ultimate goal is to have other families living in community on our land to help share both the bounty and the workload.
I love that my food has zero miles associated with it. I love the feeling of resilience and self-sufficiency when I look in my pantry or cellar and see all the food I have available that I grew, that I didn’t have to spend money to buy. It’s rewarding to know I am capable of feeding my family and friends with my own two hands.
You can start your homestead, grow your own food, live a sustainable life and even generate your own income doing so - the key is to start where you can, think positively and always be taking small action steps towards your goals!”