Grow WILDhearted with us!

Hello and welcome to the Bean Patch! Our names are Alice Grendon and Dunan Herman-Parks, and we are grateful that you are visiting our website. The two of us are undergoing the process of revitalizing the land once farmed by long time activists and war-tax resisters Wally and Juanita Nelson, at Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA. Through this endeavor we hope to carry on the Nelson’s legacy of embodying their values by living a life of non-harming, which removes the causes of violence. The two of us believe in practicing what we preach, and it is a strong commitment to a socially just, ecologically sound, and LOVEing world, that drives us to this work. Hence, we are restarting the small Bean Patch farm begun by the Nelsons, and living outdoors, off-grid. The Bean Patch- Growing WILDhearted, is an experiment in just consumption, in the Quaker way, in living in right order, in homesteading, in embodiment, and above all an experiment in Choosing Love. We hope you will explore this with us further!

The Bean Patch Wish List

  • Watering Can!!
  • Plywood
  • Soaker Hoses
  • Canvas Tarps!
  • Ground Stakes
  • Wood for burning
  • Empty Tea Boxes
  • Wash Basin- for clothes and/or dishes
  • Plastic Storage Bins
  • Manure
  • Coolers
  • Hand Trowels and Hand Weeders
  • Mason/Ball Jars
  • 5-gallon plastic buckets (LOTS)
  • Harvest Knife
  • Gutters (or supplies to create them)
  • Plastic Milk Crates
  • Wooden Wine Boxes
  • Plastic Packing Cases
  • Rocket Stove
  • Biochar stove
  • Hand Clippers
  • Ceramic Water Dispenser








  1. The Bean Patch Fundraiser

    Help support The Bean Patch! This money will be used for equipment and supplies to revitalize The Bean Patch, a farm that was once farmed by famous peace workers, Wally and Juanita Nelson. There may be an ongoing farm residency program to carry forward their amazing work.
    $275.00 donated


The Bean Patch- Growing WILDhearted is an experiment in many things. Among them is alternative-economics. We have elected not to engage in typical crowd funding methods such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo because the idea of crowdfunding is a human idea, of drawing upon lived networks, and does not need to be capitalized off. Thus we seek funding through our own means. We aim to live humbly, carrying on the Nelson’s practice of refusing to buy into a tax-system which supports systemic state violence and war, by consuming only what we need. Although our personal expenses are low, revitalizing a farm necessitates funds! We believe that contributions are not limited to monetary. Although we happily accept donations via our donate button, we also have a “Wish-list” posted, if you are able to donate materials, or loan them for 7 months. We also appreciate donations of time, please contact us if you would like to volunteer on the farm. Wealth exists in our connections to one another, not our pocketbooks. Thank you for giving and exchanging with us in whatever form feels most appropriate to you!