About the Farmer- John Boujoukos
I see this path of regenerative farming as a return to my roots. My paternal great, great grandparents tended olive orchards in Greece, which they sold to move to the New World. On my maternal side, my Irish ancestors were peasant farmers forced to leave the land or starve as well. I hope the olive groves of my ancestors still exist, and that I can someday visit them.
The seed of my farming future was planted during my early university years though I did not know it yet. I had spent a year living in Bologna, and my Italian roommates’ passion for the quality of their food, began to rub off on me. I loved going to the market streets where fresh, local produce was being sold. As I wandered about, being offered samples of some of the best food I had ever tasted, I was slowly but surely being turned into a foodie.
The next step towards farming came a few years later. I had decided to spend a year in India to study yoga. There I stayed in a small farming village called Bir (the source of many of the photos on this site), where in addition to studying meditation, I volunteered at a permaculture non-profit that was promoting traditional building techniques and permaculture farming practices. There I learned about grafting, seed saving, and efficient use of natural resources.
The final straw was growing my own garden. I found out I love having my hands in the dirt. I liked weeding. I even liked having to take 20 trips a day back and forth with 2 watering cans because my house had no hose. It was cathartic. I had finally found my calling.
Since then I have interned and apprenticed at some wonderful farms. I'd like to thank the Penn State Student Farm, Wander Fields (Jacksonville, OR), and Red Shirt Farm (Lanesboro, MA) for all the experiences that brought me to this point.
Pennsylvania State Universtiy
B.S. Plant Sciences: Agroecology
University of North Carolina
B.A. in Economics and Romance Languages