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 flow – 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.
10 thoughts on “About us”
Nice! Followed you here from Action Squad… which I thoroughly enjoy.
I, too, am an organic farmer and have built my own greenhouses as well. I am not ‘certified,’ I say “come out and observe my practices.”
It looks like you are well into it. I congratulate you; I transitioned from owning a computer store. I got tired of Windoze, and no longer wanted to foist it off on my clients as a real ‘OS’.
My farm is a bit larger than yours, at 140 A; we do not cultivate it all, and have woodlots for firewood for Ohio winters. we grow about 6A using tilled strips and “Mulch Cloth,” with a winter overcover (the name of which I forget, Johnny’s or Territorial sells it). Parts of it we have sequestered off for growing seeds.
I’ve been Admin of PaganPaths for about 15 years, took a few years off due to burnout. So I don’t blame you for letting actionsquad take 3rd place to “IRL.” As well as why I do not have a website for my farm, although I have registered domains… It is alot of work :)
Again, I wish you the best of luck!
irc.paganpaths.org is the best way to contact me, if you wish,
Have been following you for a few years…loved ActionSquad. I can’t blame you one bit for the lifestyle you’ve chosen. My younger years (10-18) were spent installing wind and solar electric systems around northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and I sadly ended up as a master mechanic, instead of sticking with that first love. I wish you both all the best, and should you ever want some wind/solar/power storage advice, feel free to drop me an email. And yes, this winter has been rough!
Good luck and be safe….
Drew-hopefully you get this and it doeskin just get send to ol Gabe and Kristin. I recently purchased a home south of the TC and it has a solar heating system that boggles my mind. I want to know if it can be made functional or if it needs to be torn down. Home built 1973. Please email to discuss- thanks!
Hello Kristin and Gabe:
My wife and I are going to be in Minneapolis on August 26. We can go a few days early and help out at your farm if you need helpers during that time period. Your narrative and journey attracts us, as we are in the beginning phases of a similar change in lifestyles. We both have Ph.D.s in psychology and recently resigned from long-standing jobs in order to set out on our own journey of self-discovery. At any rate, let us know if you are interested and we can discuss the details. Cheers.
Loved the Action Squad site- still look at it to this day. I am a home brewer and would love to see about purchasing some of the hops you grow.
Heya! Just discovered the Action Squad website and I love it. I didn’t see the news post about your change of vocation until after I’d sent an email inquiring about the fate of Action Squad, so it’s good to know that everything’s going well. Enjoy the farm!
Thank you so much for sharing your Action Squad adventures. You and the squad are internet legends.
Glad to see you are doing well and enjoying life!
Your action squad website is beyond awesome and as a young person in the Twin Cities it’s very cool to see what these places looked like, especially since many of them are now long-gone. Thank you for going to the trouble of documenting them, and keeping your site alive.
Your story is inspiring and not at all what I’d expect! To go from exploring the depths of old urbania to living off the land is more than admirable. Your family is beautiful and I just wanted to say hi, and thank you! You have inspired me in more ways than one. Rock on. :)
Synchronicity occurred for me in the spring after my Father’s death on 10/13/2011 and the years following. I had been Dad’s Caregiver for over ten years, and was lost in sorrow that winter, stunned, not knowing how to cope, and wondering if I even wanted to live anymore, so I continued clearing childhood trails that spring, when ice and snow was still lurking in the shadows hidden from the sun, to stay physically and mentally healthy, and to ease my despair.
Throughout my life, my refuge has always been the woods behind my hometown, a place called twin lakes, bean and bear lakes, two glacial lakes, in a double box canyon on the backside of silver bay minnesota.
Walking around the lake as a child with my friends with fishing poles in hand, we would walk over large arrow shaped stones in the middle of the trails, that looked out of place. Then as an adult I walked over those same stones while clearing trails, and in a dense and difficult spot on the trail, I found a large intact curved hyperbolic flat grindstone wash stone with a much smaller hand size grinding stone washing stone on top, all covered in moss and surrounded by brush, as if the woman or man who had last used this stone, just left it there that morning.
Then the following year, further down the trail around the lake, on a steep rock slide, I found a painting carving 3 feet square in size, on a huge skull shaped boulder, with flame orange, black charcoal, and bone white paint, I thought it was graffiti, but there was a smaller skull carved into the rock, and at that moment, I knew it was a man made artifact from long ago.
My Synchronicity continued to grow in 2014, when I started photographing, GPS marking, mapping, and documenting online, everything I knew from childhood about these strange looking rocks in the area. Then I remembered these huge carvings I saw as a child, on the cliffs surrounding the remote hiking trails and snowmobile trails miles from town, so I went and photographed them, and I found the Holy Grail of archaeology, anthropology, journey of man, native american myth, and DNA, in North America.
And like in the film Conspiracy Theory (1997) no one believed me, and I was not sure that I believed it myself, knowing the line between genius and insanity is very thin.
Today, I write to everyone I can find that can help me figure this out, archaeologists, writers, teachers, government officials, geneticists, and try to publish articles on this topic, this discovery, a Wendigo Manitou carving of animals and a bearded human face on Mount Trudee in Tettegouche State Park.
Hey, “Max” (and “Chainsaw”). I’m glad you are doing so well and are deeply happy with your existence. You certainly deserve it all. I’ve been trying to follow your advice and inspiration throughout the years, and find my life-path as well, with my wife of nearly 20 years and my three incredible children. We’ve downsized significantly and currently live in the country too, but nothing quite like the expanse you have before you. Your place really is quite extraordinary, so congratulations on your non-corporate success.
The picture with the two of you standing by the fire is the reason I’m writing you, and it’s going to sound crazy, but it’s true. I just wanted you to know that while I was exploring an abandoned house on my friend’s expanse of land in Colorado last winter that I came across the exact same teapot in its basement (which my friend had never entered) and it was identical in wear to the one in your crawlspace, only with a bit more of a handle. The house had been abandoned for well over 50 years. This is what led me back to the Action Squad site (yet again) to leave a guestbook post-signing back in January. It’s pretty wondrous, really, given how many times I have visited your previous site and read your documentation of that particular adventure. I’ve always loved that story, and I have told everyone who would listen to read it.
I’m waiting to find the newer teapot now, but know that when I do that my family and I will finally be exactly where we belong. So I guess I’m doing things in reverse of you. Foreign travel seems to be beckoning us, so I’m quite sure it’s out there, somewhere across the oceans. We feel the pull of the universe these days, and I know that you know exactly what it is that I’m talking about.
I just wanted to tell you “Thank-you” once more for everything you have done to help me in life, even though we’ve never met, and you never knew you did. Perhaps we shall someday run into each other in a tunnel, underground sidewalk, abandoned building, or farmers’ market somewhere. Life is funny that way.
In the meantime, I hope you keep up the fantastic life you have, and continue doing whatever it is that you do, with the magic you are able to do it with, in order to make the universe glow for people like us. I can’t express how grateful I am for everything you’ve anonymously done for the emotional support of me and my family. Without your incredible work I would have remained largely uninspired, and would probably have mostly failed at life.
To you it was normality. To us, your message was the synchronicity that was missing, but was desperately needed. Best wishes, amigo (and amiga). Your work is appreciated more than you shall ever know. If you ever decide to turn your life into a Hollywood movie, look me up. I’d be honored to help write the script with you. Who knows, maybe that’s where the other teapot lies. Goonies for life, you guys…=)