About “Desert Rose”
Upon inception, “Desert Rose” was simply a derivative of my name, and I also lived in the sprawling desert of Southern Idaho. Pretty simple, right? Over 12 years since first registering this business name, its meaning, to me, has come to symbolize persistence and abundance in the face of tribulation. This business is, and always has been, how I provide for myself, my farm, and even my friends when they are in need. It has grown with me over the years and evolved in many ways.
I currently run a small off-grid farm, working towards producing everything I need right here in the soil and trees. I still rely on my neighbors to grow no-spray hay and feed for when forage is not available for my animals, and I require fuel, building materials, and basic goods or day-to-day life. I meet these needs by selling and trading goods that I can grow, forage, or produce myself. Goods like mushrooms, resins, herbs, seeds, plants, beestuffs, wood, livestock, and yes, even bones and hides. Every sale helps feed, fuel, and support myself and the farm directly. It’s a simple and meaningful life.
As I learn and grow, I am endeavoring to compile my knowledge into sharable media. I think that the unique things we learn should be shared with others as freely as possible to encourage, enable, and empower others to make meaningful and adventurous changes! I’ve currently got the first few publications on my list completed. For more information, check out the Educational Media page!
If you have any questions or curiosities about farming, off-grid living, or permaculture concepts, please contact me so we can all grow together!
Check out my products!
Usnea .PDF Identification Guide
.PDF Farming Handbook
About My Bones
If you’ve visited my humble, bustling Etsy shop, you’ll notice I also sell bones and skulls. Bones and skulls are the back bone of Desert Rose; my humble beginnings started out in the world of taxidermy. While I don’t practice taxidermy anymore, I have been professionally cleaning bones and skulls for folks around the world since 2008. My standard is to offer only bones that have no monetary exchange attached to them (that means I don’t buy bones from trappers or hunters)- so nature-cleaned, wild-foraged, and farm-raised bones are what I work with. I consider this work a unique form of recycling. When I butcher an animal, I strive to utilize every part I can. I may not make tools and beads from bones, but cleaning the bones (or processing the hides, etc) and selling them is another way the animal provides for me.
And of course my dried specimens (wings, feet, tails, pelts, etc) are always dried using non-toxic, chemical-free methods. When you purchase bones and skulls from me you are directly supporting the farm. Your order helps feed the chickens, care for the honey bees, and maintain the infrastructure of my farm.