I am writing to open a conversation about what it’s like to live and work rurally and be engaged as an activist with Resource Generation. At this point I have more questions than answers, but I hope telling my story and asking these questions may provoke some thoughts, ideas, or dialogue in the community.
This past year, for the first time in my life, I moved to the country. The move seemed long overdue, seeing as I have been a farmer for the past 10 years of my life. Yet I spent the bulk of my farming career living in a city and bike commuting to its outskirts, where I leased two acres and ran a CSA farm. Since I grew up in a city and attended college in yet another city, I was compelled to live urbanly, even as my work and my interests grew increasingly rural. I felt I needed to be in a city to have the community, camaraderie and peer network I craved. (more…)