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Developing Eco-Friendly Farmland: Logan Gidula ’19 at Owl Peak Farm and Cliff River Springs in La Madera, New Mexico

Hi, there. I am Logan Gidula, current student at Antioch College- Class of 2019. I spent my whole first two terms knocking out my foundational courses so that I could get on to the good stuff. I want to be a water quality and conservation specialist, which is going to take some self-designing in my field, but currently I am on track to achieve my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science. As a water quality specialist, I want to know where the water comes from, how to cleanse it for drinking/make it potable, and what makes for potable but also healthy water, as well as, what each mineral is used for in the body and in what quantity each mineral is needed. At this time, I want to study neuropathy and philosophy in owl peak farm 2the field of neurogenesis- the development of pathways and new brain cells interest me the most.

I believe it is crucial and have a passion to develop a strong skill set in the development of eco-friendly farmland and an arrangement of knowledge in the healthy use and conservation of natural, organic, growing techniques; and among this knowledge I strongly value owl peak farm 1 the basic knowledge in when and why to germinate and plant specific produce and herbs throughout the secular year. I am currently in La Madera, New Mexico, working as an intern for my first Co-op (Spring 2016) on an eco friendly farm: OWL PEAK FARM, whose mission statement is as follows: “To provide affordable food, non-GMO locally adapted seed, and agro-ecology education to our community.” As an intern I am learning the basics of organic produce production and seed conservation, greenhouse and farmland maintenance, compost science, water distribution techniques, and in a general sense- what it is like to live and function on a growing organic farm of the early 21st Century.

If you would like to just get away from everything and enjoy the magical land of La Madera whilst getting to know yourself and the skills of grounds keeping, cooperative education with Cliff River Springs is right up your alley! I have been learning the art of resort maintenance, alongside Antioch alumni- Hope Atterbury- cleaning ancient waters, renovating paths, and eating organic food from her farm and I’ve got to admit, this land is very magical and it is a blast watching it come alive in the spring. I would tell you more, but you never know what to expect up here in the high desert/highlands/near-wilderness of northern New Mexico’s pocket of personal fantasy- La Madera, NM!

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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I was born on July 14th, 1997 in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania in a little town called Wilkes-Barre. It was nearly 6:55 PM the night I entered this world, ignorant and infantile. 18 years later, I have seen over half of the 50 states; and besides Alaska being, perhaps, the most incredible place I’ve ever been, the harsh and desolate living conditions open my eyes to the beauty of Arizona, my childhood state. My mother moved my family and I from PA to AZ in the year 1999, when I was about two years old. No place else that I have been is quite like it- dry, mostly, with heat you wouldn’t believe, forests up north that open your eyes to the youth of the region, and very interesting weather patterns without a typical four seasons. Oh, and did I mention the clocks never change?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I was raised in Mesa, Arizona- for the most part- and received an education from the Gilbert Public School District. Mesa was hot in the summers, gorgeous in the winters and beautiful year round- besides the fact that it's a huge desert and desolate wasteland prepared for migrants, of times before air conditioning, to be sentenced to an early grave which has been beautifully transformed into one of the nation's largest suburbs, or as I so fondly reiterate- concrete jungles. Mesa doesn’t experience four seasons, instead, she experiences an arguable amount of seasons. Let me explain. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mesa experiences a summer, winter, and an in-between season called monsoon season when the humidity rises and storms increase in frequency. When I say hot, I mean 100 plus degrees for the primary 4 months of summer- April through July- reaching temperatures of 115 plus degrees mid-summer. August through mid-November is a time period for flash floods and severe scattered thunderstorm warnings; and remains warm with averages in the 80's and upper 70’s. The winter lasts for about 4 months, which stays overwhelmingly nice with averages of 50-70 degrees, and transitions back into summer very quickly with a brief “spring” in the months of March and April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is more than accurate to call me an engaged traveler with a duty to connect people of all intellect and form. I believe that I have been gifted a life of engagement with the communities of this nation as we shift the economic paradigms, in this country, to integrate primal ideologies with new age technologies, to improve the sustainability of natural resources and provide prosperity for future generations. Growing up in the desert of Arizona inspired me to seek greater opportunity beyond the “air conditioned oasis”.  I wanted to travel north in search of knowledge, skills, and community; and to experience the four seasons! So I did.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I began hiking through the Superstition Wilderness my senior year and connected with Mother Earth in a strong fowle swoop of medicinal plant spirit communication and bodily engagement. This engagement has exalted my permanent desire to improve upon these lands, experiencing the fruits of life whilst learning to improve upon my love for the fruits of life- fruits which continue to grow in number as I learn. Each of them- three of which are: water, food, and air- can be counted within the scope of human intellect and kindness as sacred blessings to be harnessed and properly shared amongst the hoi polloi to ensure there lives the healthiest of ecosystems and associated spirit colonies that this planet can hone and nurture.</span></p> <div> </div>

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