Yours truly, a photographer and environmental educator by trade, has been living off and traveling with my touring bicycle (that's pedal power, folks) as I work from one organic farm to another throughout the Pacific Northwest since April this year.
I had set out with the intentions of having low-carbon adventures, endless photographic opportunities, full immersement in sustainable food production, and living a minimalistic but socially and environmentally-sound lifestyle in the company of friendly strangers and old friends.
Why organic farms? In the last couple of years, after embarking on environmental development work with indigenous villages in rural Panama, taking an intro course on the U.S. food system, and creating a small garden for my parents, I have since been looking to expand my horizon in the realms of sustainable agriculture and food systems - not only in obtaining a fuller understanding of the complexity of getting food from farm to fork, but also in promoting awareness in shifting towards a system that accounts for the long-term social, public health, economical, and environmental factors over the conventional, fossil fuel-based system.
So far, I have spent superbly quality time on 3 farms, met characters I will never forget, and gathered stories and experiences I would not trade anything else for. This growing season will allow for at least 1 more farm work-stay, followed by an epic bicycle ride down the west coast of the US, to where my family resides - in Los Angeles, California. The wind could take me to another location, but as of now, that is the goal.
This journey has been entirely self-funded, but it does not have to remain that way. Your contributions will keep my stomach and body filled with wholesome calories and energy needed to sustain the 2900+ km (1800+ miles) trek across some of the most gorgeous coastline on our home planet. Yes mom, I am eating my veggies and fruits.
Is there another incentive? You betcha!
For a number of years, I have been a huge fan of 350.org, a grassroots movement empowering people worldwide for climate action. 10% of the total proceeds shall happily go directly to the good folks moving and shaking things up there. They may not know this yet, but I certainly would not mind a biking jersey with their logo on it, and/or a shout-out of some sort.
Your support for my art and multitude of motivations are invaluable, thank you, thank you.