[Market-farming] Cross country trip planned. Like to connect w/other market farmers.

Thomas P Hurtgen hurtgenmeadows at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 07:28:01 EST 2014


Marlin,  If over 62, you can purchase a lifetime Senior pass for all NP for $10 — need just one per vehicle. Safe travels.  Tom  

Thomas P Hurtgen
hurtgenmeadows at gmail.com




On Jan 22, 2014, at 8:54 PM, Marlin Burkholder <burkholders at glenecofarm.com> wrote:

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> 
> Hello everyone,
> 
> This coming summer my wife and I have decided to take off four months from our lifetime of farming and take a RV trip around the country from VA through the south and southwest to CA and north to the pacific northwest and back through the upper mid west to home. We want to visit a number of relatives and friends along the way and a number of national parks.  My son has agreed to run the farm and with the help of neighbors and loyal CSA members, keep the CSA, on farm PYO, and farmers' market stand going.
> 
> We plan to leave from VA's Shenandoah Valley on April 26 with first stops in western NC and Nashville TN. We will then head for the Ozarks in AR and MO, dip a little northward towards eastern KS, and then to northern NM and AZ.  We will then drift northeast towards CO for a reunion at Colorado Springs over July 4 weekend before heading west again via northern UT, NV, and central CA. After San Francisco we want to head northward to OR and WA before swinging through MT and eastward through SD and on through IA and the mid west to home by late August.
> 
> Here are some of our destinations:
> Smoky Mountains  NP       Ozarks                             Tall grass prairie preservation park KS
> Baker Creek Seeds  MO     Grand Canyon NP           Several natl parks in Southern UT
> Mesa Verde NP                   Rocky Mtn NP                Great Salt Lake
> Yosemite NP                Sequoia and Redwoods NPs      San Francisco
> Crater Lake NP                           Mt St Helens               Columbia River Gorge
> Yellowstone  NP??                      Glacier NP                   Badlands-Mt Rushmore
> 
> One of the goals for this trip is to spend some significant time away from the humid eastern states climate and to see if my health improves in the drier west.  I have been suffering for years from suspected environmental mold sensitivity and more recently, Lyme disease.  A major part of my healing strategy is avoiding toxic exposures, trying to get some of the lifetime toxic buildup out of my body, and following a healthy diet low in processed foods, additives, and toxic residues.  Since I have been farming sustainably for the past 20 years I have been enjoying a healthier than the average American diet and would like to continue doing so while on this trip.  Eating healthy while on the road looks challenging and I see myself missing those tasty heirloom tomatoes, fresh greens, and raw milk.  I would like to seek out small town “Mom and Pop” eateries, farmers’ markets, and organic produce farms as we travel.  We will be glad to pull some weeds or pick beans, or do whatever in order to keep ourselves nourished with healthy food.
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> If anyone along our loosely planned itinerary would like to have a visit from us and a little free labor let us know by responding to this post or contacting us off list.  We will be in a small RV so wouldn’t need to impose on anyone for a place to sleep.  Merely having a few places to park the RV without paying a campsite fee would be worth a lot to us in exchange for helping you out and sharing some camaraderie.
> 
> Marlin Burkholder
> email: burkholders at glenecofarm.com
> phone: 540 833 8802
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