What we do
a MN Nice to meet you!
I'm Faye Schnell.
Wildlife enthusiast,Graphic Designer, Mom, Wife,
Garden Guru, Kindred spirit.
In a rural town of Amenia, ND I grew up to appreciate the little things in life. A quiet farming community, the fresh air, the simple folks who keep the country fed. My parents taught me how to live off the land. They raised their own animals for food and had a large garden each year and planted their own small orchard.
Now that I have my own family, those traditions are so ingrained in who I am, It’s hard to imagine not continuing teaching those methods to my own children. To show them how it used to be, some of the survival techniques that have sustained generations.
I currently have a large family garden, raise chickens for eggs, and now am learning the traditions of my husband's family (hunting deer, grouse, and pheasant.) We also have started a new tradition of salmon fishing in Alaska. I forage wild mushrooms and have been certified by the University of MN for mushroom identification.
We are also maintaining and developing hunting land and creating a permaculture forest system to provide food for ourselves and the wildlife to grow the population of grouse, deer, turkeys for future generations.
With my formal training in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International of MN I have built my career with my husband Matt Schnell to have a successful business, Schnell Designs. Helping clients all over the USA propel their brands, now I wanted to shift some of my knowledge and experience to help with build awareness for building healthier environments for the future.
I'm here to share what I've learned and document the journey along the way. Join me to hear some of the stories and sow some of your own seeds for a path worth growing.
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Home gardening is essential for healthy bodies and teaching the kids to eat healthy. We use organic growing methods and worm compost every kitchen scrap for growing healthy soil. Join us for gardening tips and recipes.
We forage our property for wild greens, flowers and mushrooms. We make herbal tinctures and eat wild green salads throughout the year. Adding unique flavors to spruce up a salad.
Hunting is our heritage and what we will continue for our family. We hunt grouse, venison, pheasant, antelope, and fish salmon. Join us on the journey for wild meat.
LOCALLY COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE IN MN
Planting forests or trees is something everyone can participate in. Grow a tree in your yard or plant many on larger acres of land. We are working with the MN DNR Forest Stewardship Program to manage and maintain healthy woodlands of northern MN.
GROWING FORESTRY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
We are purchasing trees from the MN DNR to replant old-growth forest that had been turned into farmland. This farmland we are restoring, by planting native, disease-resistant trees to Minnesota. By planting trees we are creating a healthy wildlife habitat for small game birds and whitetail deer.
Though these efforts we are teaching the next generation the importance of hunting, foraging and stewardship of the land.