Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.-Mark Twain
In my quest for feeling, I explore my purpose. My purpose to tend to the earth, care for people, break bread with my neighbors, feed the soul, reduce waste, risk normality to save the weird, protect the voiceless and to be mindful of my breath. Each breath a gift, each breath an opportunity.
When I take a moment to try to understand why I live the life I live, it comes down to my quest for feeling. To feel nourished, to feel like I am doing my part, to feel fulfilled and a part of my community… My purpose, tied together closely with my life’s choices, has led me down a road less-traveled and I find myself at an interesting intersection.
I’ll be honest, I love food! The flavors, the colors, the interconnectedness of each ingredient. My passion for food drives me, drives me to farm, to create and to preserve. The food that connects communities, farmers and consumers, plants and animals, flavors and fire. Food connects us all. We all eat, some more than others, so what happens when food is no longer an activity that brings us feeling? What happens when we no longer think of our daily meal as our life force, of nourishment and sustenance? What happens when we farm for food like the earth will always provide it?
For many years, I have been working at the intersection of food and environmental activism. As an environmentalist, I am constantly asking myself, “what more can I do”? “In what ways can we change our systems that will have the biggest and most effective impact”? In asking myself these questions, it is here that I have found my purpose, at the intersection of food and the environment, in building resilient farms to strengthen our food systems in the ever-changing-face of climate change.
They say life is all about the journey, right? Well, in this journey I’ve embarked upon, there have been many crossroads, as I am sure you too may have experienced. When we come to these crossroads, on our larger journey, we allow ourselves the opportunity to embrace our feelings and our fears, to act on our ambitions and speak out on issues that we are passionate about, and something in us sparks. Our brain ignites and the sense of purpose within us is nourished.
So… here it goes. While it took me way too long to write this post… and I probably spent too much time trying to figure out at what angle to approach my sentences, here it is! My first blog post.
What’s to Come?
From here on out… hopefully posting won’t be so nerve wrecking. I hope to build an audience and while I presume my content will delve deep into the world of organic farming, food systems work and climate resilience, I also hope for this to be a place to check-in, bounce ideas around and brainstorm. I have a lot to share with the world and I hope my life’s lessons, journeys, pit-falls and “ah-ha” moments help to inspire others to write, farm, “do-it-yourself” and build resilience in your communities.