Change of plans for school. Counseling seems like a good plan for me but the job market is limited. I had two solid ideas in mind of things I am passionate about and things I want to do. So I am going with the other path I think. I would love to go to school, get some training, something. I should probably still get some schooling in business or something.
So other plan: In a most scattered and disorganized still dreaming and not yet pruning kind of way..... I want to be part business part non-profit. I work in a grocery store right now and watch people who shop with food stamps. I watch stores take advantage of peoples lack of shopping skills. I see food stamp totals and wonder "how on earth does this not last the month" (of course it is no mystery since I know what they buy). And what about those people who narrowly miss the food stamp cut off. Who are operating on a net budget of even less. I want to teach some basic cooking and shopping skills. As well as urban agriculture stuff that help do anything from stretch the food budget to create self sufficiency, (I also have a seed of laothing growing in me. Working for a middle to high end grocery store really makes you think of them as low lifes. And if anyone thinks local chains are better should get over themselves. Down with big money grocery stores. Down I say! stick it to the man. produce your own dang food. When i clock in or out at work I use my finger print....guess what finger I use...just guess...it is a nice way to start my morning off. ummm, i have derailed a bit.) Ok I also want to teach urban agriculture, planting food bearing plants anywhere you can, having pet chickens who happen to lay eggs, or a pet goat you happen to milk :), using rain water and grey water as irrigation . i also want to do all of this in a dirt cheap, eco friendly way. I live int he hood and I want to serve the hood. I want to a resource for where to get cheap good healthy stuff. An outpost for barrels and pallets and seedlings. teach classes and provide a workshop where people can assemble their stuff with our tools. To actually make money I want to market my skills to higher income people who need help with the basics. Planning their garden, building coups, cold frames, plotting a garden and prepping the ground. Landscaper for veggies. I of course will need some power tools for this (heck yeah! I really think my life would be so much fuller if I had a table saw and nail gun) i could install things like down spout water collectors and other trendy stuff for yuppies. (I am gonna need a pick up truck too....) And of course everyone loves a cooking class. So i was thinking of starting out with a blog to record my experiments and showcase what i can do. get my name and skills out there and gradually build up my business. In the mean time i start refining my plans for making raised beds, compost bins, and water collection devices and misc. ways to grow plants where plants otherwise would not grow. Brush up on basic plumbing and electrical skills. start collecting the materials I need and find out who my sources for cheap supplies are (where does one get pallets and five gallon buckets anyway?)