With These Hands: Dana Purdue

1. Tell us what you have been making and creating!

It has been about a year since my wife Kristen and I really started breaking ground and working on our big dream. Our own little sustainable permaculture homestead sanctuary. We chose a large area with the best sun exposure and land grade and started building permanent no- till garden beds. With the help of family we built a fence around it to keep deer and critters out. Last summer I also was lucky enough to take a tiny house building course, and the two big things I have built are 2 chicken coops, and a rabbit hutch.

2. What are some of things you are loving about these activities and what they bring to your life?

I find so much joy in learning and doing these things myself. Farmwork is never ending learning, building, and nurturing the land, plants, and animals. Being able to build structures to keep our animals safe and happy, and learning how to grow the most nutrient dense and healthiest food for our friends and family is a priceless feeling!

3. What are some of your biggest takeaways from developing these skills in your life?

To me this is the most rewarding thing I can do for the people I love and the planet. I want to nurture the soil and provide the healthiest food and plant medicine!. Through no till gardening and using what nature provides on our land, and with the animals help as well, we can not only provide food for the ones we love, but food how it is meant to be. Soil health equals plant health equals human health and that is hard to find these days. We are just getting started and we will be small in the big scheme of things. But I just want to give it my all and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

4. Does developing your skills in this way reflect in your practice of massage and if so, how?

I suppose so! I have always loved massage and believed in its therapeutic effects on the body, mind, and spirit. And learning to grow medicinal herbs and nutritious food is another piece of a healthy happy life. Many people that come to receive a service are also interested in these things, and I love talking with others about that. I also think that living on our land doing this and eating this way makes myself a better therapist because I am stronger, healthier and more fulfilled than ever and that gets transferred in my interactions with others.

5. What’s up next for building your skill in this (these) area(s)?

Hmmm that’s a tough one. I don’t have any set plans except just keep trying everything and looking up how to do everything that pops in my head! As I said before it really is never ending learning and building, and I am eager to do it all! It is so rewarding and FUN! I really cannot believe what we have accomplished in a year. I can’t wait to see how we grow in the future!

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