When Logan Hailey and Justin “Cheezy” Taylor roll as much as new pastures of their shiny yellow college bus, it turns into clear at first look they’re not your common farmhands.
With three canine in tow and a whole tiny residence packed inside their bus, the husband-and-wife duo let their nomadic tendencies dictate their subsequent transfer.
“We combine our two deepest passions, which, ironically, are like the antithesis of each other: farming, which is super sedentary and then travelling and being in the wilderness,” Hailey says. “We have this continual, energizing flow of camping in the wild, being on the road, settling and helping on a farm and then going back in the wild. What I love the most is we’re always with Mother Earth.”
The couple, who function below the enterprise title “Ramblin Farmers,” say they’ve developed the primary “freelance-farming” mannequin within the US. With experience in natural, regenerative practices and 6 years of engaged on farms starting from one acre to 100, they based Ramblin Farmers LLC in January 2020. Their mannequin permits them to offer companies on farms in numerous areas for brief intervals of time. This may very well be days, a couple of weeks or a month, they are saying. Typically, primarily based on the place they resolve to settle, they’ll attain out to native farms to pitch their companies. Different instances, purchasers will attain out to them after they discover themselves quick on labor.
The concept to merge journey with farming developed from Hailey and Taylor’s life of their late teenagers and early 20s after they spent their time hitchhiking, dumpster diving, busking and sleeping below the celebrities.
“We wanted to find freedom,” Hailey says. “… but we were actually dependent on ‘the system’ that our young minds so despised…We eventually came to the conclusion that learning to grow our own food was the most essential step towards self-sufficiency.”
In 2015, Hailey enrolled at Oregon State College within the college’s Ecological and Sustainable Horticulture program whereas the pair was constructing their very own homestead.
Two years later, they launched into their first farming apprenticeship in Montana, igniting their ardour for soil well being and regenerative agriculture. In 2018, they labored a full season on a farm in Oregon whereas they renovated their college bus. By December 2018, they’d completed their cell tiny residence and set off to Washington State to work on one other farm throughout 2019.
Regardless of the chaotic nature of COVID-19, the couple says their self-contained setup has allowed them to reside out their goals over the previous yr. Since launching Ramblin Farmers in 2020, they’ve travelled from Oregon to California to Colorado, Kentucky and New Hampshire. This voyage consisted of various gigs, from serving to small farmers pivot to CSA-focused fashions when eating places had been shuttered to modifying a farmers market’s operations to create sooner stream of shoppers below pandemic restrictions. Proper now, they’ve settled within the northeast to assist one shopper construct an incubator farm.
Typically, they are saying, it’s been an thrilling time to assist producers navigate sudden adjustments of their native meals techniques. Because the demand for native meals throughout the nation has elevated, it’s additionally supplied them with hope that extra individuals will take into consideration the place their meals comes from and choose extra merchandise which are sustainably grown of their group.
“Seeing the connection that people forge between the land and their community and the way that food brings people together at a time when people can’t always physically be together has been inspiring,” Taylor says. “The connection that we can also have nurturing these different ecosystems and the impact on environment and climate change it has is huge. I feel I’m part of something bigger than myself.”
In the long run, Hailey and Taylor hope to tackle extra of a consulting position to assist farmers implement natural practices, no-till methods and schooling in soil microbiology on farms. It’s vital to them, they are saying, to construct on the motion of farmers who imagine in eco-friendly practices. And though they aren’t bored with travelling but, they do anticipate that day will come. Till then, they see their journey to numerous states, cities and cities as an opportunity for them to scope out what may very well be their remaining vacation spot for a without end farm.