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Danelle Downer

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I’m a 50+, 5’ tall woman who has wore many hats like secretary, retail manager, bath & lighting designer, teacher, & behavioral specialist for troubled kids. I also have experienced many adventures throughout the years. Sharing these adventures with my best friend and love of my life Wayne. Whom I met on a blind date at the ripe old age of 16. Had 2 fantastic boys that grew into amazingly awesome men. We have traveled to 15 states and 3 countries. Lived in the mountains, desert, forest, city & country. We have been homeless, jobless. Faced many injuries and near death illness for each member of our family. Including being told I am disabled. To which I responded by opening a health and wellness massage clinic. Shortly after that I was in a car accident. Added a few other injuries like blown thumb joints, broken back & cut off finger tips. During a yr of healing & thinking no more clinic now what? I remembered my favorite things were gardening, animals, creating & problem solving. That’s when I heard Jack Spirko say words like self sufficiency, homestead & permaculture. Add in those famous words “what you do matters” It all clicked. Now our current adventure is building a self sufficient homestead, on our 5 ac in SW Washington. Here we raise pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, alpacas & dogs. This has been the most up and down crazy adventure but I love it. It’s a dream come true. As a team we recently received our Permaculture Design Certification from Geoff Lawton.

Remembering Hope

“I want to turn this place into a homestead.”  That is the statement that changed my life more than I ever thought possible. There has been the good, the bad, and the ugly.  So many tears. So much joy. So many heartaches and losses.  So …

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