Shane McClellan and Ilanna Greenfield of Luna Verde Permaculture[/caption]Green, clean and happy to talk seedlings, Luna Verde Permaculture mini farms and workshops provides education about permaculture techniques ranging from building tiny houses to building compost, right here in Siskiyou County.
Luna Verde made its premier on Earth Day 2015, and the farm is located at 4,300 feet in McCloud. Owned by Shane McClellan and Ilanna Greenfield, the pair attributes their skill set to a life of experiences working on farms and learning from lifelong farmers.
“We are pretty much self-taught. With the Internet at your fingertips, you can research and acquire most anything relating to sustainable lifestyles and permaculture. Besides the Internet, we have an extensive library here at home. Some of our favorite books include: “Solviva” by Anna Edey, “Teaming With Microbes” by Lowenfels and Lewis, “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture and Permaculture: A Designers Manual” by Bill Mollison,” McClellan said.
The couple says that the building of the farm has been a journey, and on a tour, they described the processes that they went through to get the farm to where it is today. The two were inspired to create the farm because they wanted to live in symbiosis with the earth while also maintaining the freedom of owning their own business.
“I know it sounds cliché, but we came to a point in our lives that we wanted to be the change we want to see in this world. Off-grid homesteading and being more self-sufficient and debt free was a logical decision. No one man is an island and without a community of likeminded people, we won’t be able to effect change on a greater level. We want to do more than be an example; we want to teach those with open minds that want to live sustainably,” Greenfield said.