Que Sehra Farm is Kristin & Gabe Sehr’s labor of love & adventure in making a living (not money, but a meaningful, rewarding, & sustainable way of life).
- organically and naturally, without ‘chemical’ pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers
- in an out of the way, sparsely-peopled area known as “The Barrens” – a scrubby terrain growing on glacial sand dunes, surrounded by state and county land
- living on & from Family land – it may be wild and sandy, but there is no where we’d rather be putting down roots than here.
- improving the soil’s ability to support abundant life, rather than depleting the fertility of the soil – even as we draw increasing sustenance from the land
- intuition, interestingness, synchronicity, luck, beauty, and flow.
- finding positive opportunities in the prevailing situation
- minimizing reliance upon & interactions with systems we intuitively dislike/distrust
- learning to tap into tribe – the power & value of local citizenship (vs both national citizenship & isolationalist indivi-dualism)
- living simply, without desire for a future bigger, better, or more
- spending our days connected to the sun, rain, wind, seasons, animals and insects, plants, each other, and our family and friends.
- growing, preserving, and eating the food that sustains us
repurposing what is freely available into value, both utilitarian and aesthetic
living a ‘life more interesting’
the challenge of creating a unique, sustainable way of life – to make a true Living, finding pleasure and meaning in who we are, what we are, where we are, what we are, how we are, and why we are.
This was the state of the land when Kristin realized that the forest service was not the career or life she wanted, and, while searching for a new course, remembered her childhood dream of being a farmer.
Kristin Sehr (aka Chainsaw)
Kristin likes plants; she majored in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies at the U of MN, travelled around the country working for the Nature Conservancy and the Forest Service, and interned for one year at the Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm, before starting her own farm in 2011 on the land that her late grandparents had loved – and which her parents continue to help us tend.
Gabriel Sehr (nee Carlson, aka Max Action)
Before surprising himself and everyone else by becoming a farmer, Gabe spent 18 years of his life in the suburbs, followed by 18 urban years in South Minneapolis. While getting his degree in Religious Studies & Philosophy from the U of MN, he co-founded the Secular Student Alliance during the daytime, and launched the urban exploration crew Action Squad at night. At thirty, he was metamorphosed by mystical experience and synchronicity – which changed his life and taught him to follow intuition and coincidence – a path which led directly to farm life with Kristin.
Que sera, sera
A fundamental principle of our guiding philosophy is expressed in those simple old lyrics. By not focusing on the future, we remain more present in the present, more alive in the moment, more attuned to the flow of life.
We don’t know how things will go, or where we’ll end up, or how we’ll survive – but we have faith that we’re on the right path, that we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and that it’s going to work out somehow or another – and we’re open to what comes our way.
Life is short but also incredibly strange and beautiful; we’re surfing it and working to make some magic happen in our lives and on our patch of land.