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Jes Scribner: Lady Mastermind

Jes got her farm start with Cathy Bardsley of Silk Tree Farm in Little Compton, RI. Silk Tree Farm primarily sells goat milk soaps and cosmetics, but Cathy's heritage breed farm continues to be dynamic, diverse, and "real" unlike anything Jes had seen before. From there, Jes found Sterling College. The sustainable school with less than 150 undergrads provided an intensive, immersive, and deeply communal experience that has shaped Jes' vision for Birdhous. While earning a degree in Land-Based Entrepreneurship, Jes rebuilt and revitalized the Student Activities Fund, a significant financial resource available to all students. She also created and managed the "Hurrah" music series which ran over three consecutive semesters and brought artists such as Granite Junction, Bison, and Lady Moon & the Eclipse to campus. In a past life, she co-created and co-hosted a well-attended open mic event called "[untitled]" in collaboration with Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT.

Jes is an effective and practiced leader, manager, and innovator, with a great deal of technical skills. She's worked with a variety of livestock on farms in Rhode Island, the Netherlands, and Vermont, and completed several hands-on master courses in Value Added Production, Butchery & Charcuterie, Natural Cheesemaking, Breadmaking, and Harvest Preservation. Her Permaculture Design Certificate is with Prospect Rock. She's ready to turn her skills into a fulfilling life, and so are you. 

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Stu McGowan: Business Advisor

Stu is a self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur" and is a true believer in good ideas. After launching multiple socially conscious and profitable businesses over 35 years, he "retired" in 2016. In this so-called retirement, he independently financed the Birdhous project and founded ShareYourself.org. Currently in beta, ShareYourself (SYS) is an inventive online platform that connects people with great "do-good" ideas with the people who have the skills and resources to make them happen. Birdhous is a living, breathing, farming, analog version of his SYS vision. 

Stu's old age and 40+ years of community organizing and business experience are vital to this operation. You'll get to know him and learn from him just about as much as you try to over the course of your roost. 


 

 

Joining the Roost in 2019

Jackson Hughes  Currently living on the island of Ometepe, Jax is the education coordinator at Project Bona Fide, a demonstrative permaculture farm with a focus on agro-ecology and genetic diversity for food security in Nicaragua. He’ll return to the states and begin to sink his ephemeral roots in Birdhous this spring. Jax is dreaming up a pear heavy food forest alongside the northern edge of our property to support a artisanal perry venture in the years to come. We’ve signed Jax on for the long term: his project will also provide fruit for our seasonal handmade pies, and his evolving arborist knowledge will be invaluable in implementing long term solutions across our landscape and as we welcome future roosters with their sights set on perennials and tree crops.

Jackson Hughes

Currently living on the island of Ometepe, Jax is the education coordinator at Project Bona Fide, a demonstrative permaculture farm with a focus on agro-ecology and genetic diversity for food security in Nicaragua. He’ll return to the states and begin to sink his ephemeral roots in Birdhous this spring. Jax is dreaming up a pear heavy food forest alongside the northern edge of our property to support a artisanal perry venture in the years to come. We’ve signed Jax on for the long term: his project will also provide fruit for our seasonal handmade pies, and his evolving arborist knowledge will be invaluable in implementing long term solutions across our landscape and as we welcome future roosters with their sights set on perennials and tree crops.

Andrew Leighton   Andrew Leighton is a recent graduate of UVM’s Rubenstein School. He has just commenced transplanting an acre of CBD hemp that he has brought to life over the last month. Andrew’s dream incorporates the principles of permaculture with the opportunity of the hemp boom in Vermont. He will seed a diverse cover crop alongside his hemp and incorporate KNF methods this season and will add perennial crops on his own land in the future.

Andrew Leighton

Andrew Leighton is a recent graduate of UVM’s Rubenstein School. He has just commenced transplanting an acre of CBD hemp that he has brought to life over the last month. Andrew’s dream incorporates the principles of permaculture with the opportunity of the hemp boom in Vermont. He will seed a diverse cover crop alongside his hemp and incorporate KNF methods this season and will add perennial crops on his own land in the future.

Nora Frank  Nora Frank is a Sterling College graduate, raised in Waldorf Schools and nature preserves. She’ll utilize her time at Birdhous to further develop her homestead craftswoman and green woodworking skills. She plans to build and stock an Etsy shop with reclaimed and restored wooden furniture of her own design, incorporating elements scavenged from our forested land and creating woodland works of art along the way.

Nora Frank

Nora Frank is a Sterling College graduate, raised in Waldorf Schools and nature preserves. She’ll utilize her time at Birdhous to further develop her homestead craftswoman and green woodworking skills. She plans to build and stock an Etsy shop with reclaimed and restored wooden furniture of her own design, incorporating elements scavenged from our forested land and creating woodland works of art along the way.

Jacob Combe  Jacob Combe is a Sterling College graduate, Agroecology ‘17, now applying his agro-ecological landscape assessment skills at Birdhous. He is focusing on site mapping, planning and design. Through careful site analysis he will be influencing how our water & road infrastructure and agroforestry plantings will take shape. More individually, Jacob is developing a platform for artists to monetize and make their illustration and design work available to the wider world.

Jacob Combe

Jacob Combe is a Sterling College graduate, Agroecology ‘17, now applying his agro-ecological landscape assessment skills at Birdhous. He is focusing on site mapping, planning and design. Through careful site analysis he will be influencing how our water & road infrastructure and agroforestry plantings will take shape. More individually, Jacob is developing a platform for artists to monetize and make their illustration and design work available to the wider world.


You: Ready for a Change

You want your own land and farm "one day," and are ready to take tangible steps in that direction. You don't have the money, the credit history, or the confidence to just up and buy a farm, and you know that working for other folks will only take you so far. You want to prove that your idea is good and that you alone are able to see it through.

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