Red Kerchief joins Off-Grid Chick!





Introducing my new partner on the blog! He has been mentioned on the blog quite a few times and now he will be sharing his stories straight from the farm!


Red Kerchief here.

Who? Well, as Eva, the off-grid chick described some time ago, I am something of a brother/uncle to her. And that is a fitting description for I do feel that way. But let’s back up a bit.

Who am I really and what am I doing here?


My name is Peter. Because I wear a red bandanna whilst working on the farm, to avoid sweat getting in my eyes, Eva started to call me “Red Kerchief.” I am a very close friend of Eva’s family and partner in Eva’s family business. My values are very closely aligned with her family’s. We’ve known each other for close to 5 years now and have established a very strong bond. I have been an environmental, democratic and social activist since 2007. Having been born in former Czechoslovakia, I have witnessed injustices in these areas that instilled in me the need to raise awareness and take action.I deeply care about our environmental heritage and preserving it for future generations. I do not believe in infinite growth in a finite world. I believe in sustainable way of life. Not crawling into a cave, but sustainable nevertheless – living, as humans, within our means dictated to us by our planet. Presently, we are consuming way too much – much more than is allotted to us. And that is putting us on a collision path with nature.


So instead of brooding over it, I packed up my bags and left the city. I left my profitable career as  a computer programmer that I had done for 18 years, and decided to become an organic, permaculture farmer. I will continue to be a programmer for some time during the transition to sustain myself financially. But, the important thing is, I am on my way out of an office job, 9-5, traffic each morning and evening, spending little time with my son type of life. Done.

This is not to say that it was easy. I planned it for 2 years. I call it my ‘graceful exit from the city’.  I am doing it for myself. For my 7 year old son. For his generation and those after him. I still believe in the miracle of food growing from seeds, of nurturing that miracle till it blooms and forms a fruit and harvesting and preserving it for me, you and others.

Rex is friends with me because I have food...

Rex is friends with me because I have food…

Coming to Sorrento was hard, very hard. I had doubts every step of the way. But every time I had these moments of weakness, I did a reality check and decided that it was way scarier for me to do nothing than to take that bold step. I planned everything I could , but there are curve balls thrown at us everyday. I still have doubts, and there are enormous challenges here on the farm. But I work with people I love and despite it all, when I am putting the animals away at night, with full moon, and the light warm breeze caressing my face, I know I made the right choice.

So join me, as I join Eva, the off-grid chick and I recount the funny, sad, challenging episodes of my new life here on! I hope you enjoy it!

Peter Endisch


    • Elaine Willis says:

      The RED was a surprise, expected a green kerchief! Living in the “NOW” is also an aspect of life that working the land provides. When we spend too much time in our minds, we sometimes forget this wonderful aspect of living WITH the land. Healthy thoughts, healthy plans, healthy space, healthy pursuits and soon healthy food to share! I have to say the picture of you with the dog was the most heartwarming for me. It reminds me of your mother’s visit! Looking forward to more OFF-GRID guest posts.

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