Once again I am in transition from one reality to another. From Vermont I have traveled South for hospitality, vitality, and dumplings. From deep brown soils to bright red clays, I know there is much to learn about my new home. I've been roaming the city streets of Atlanta for about 6 months and I am finally moving back into the quiet spaces of the natural world. While I have valued the lessons learned on the bustling speedways of the city and the lessons spread, I know that my roots dig deepest in lands where the bees are the busiest and trees teach the value of patience.
I am moving onto the Glover Family Farm owned by Skip and Cookie Glover. They have spent most of their lives educating youth about the importance of growing food organically and have been instrumental in building the food movements that exist in Atlanta today. The other farmer that works out his passions over the land is the young, Joe Reynolds from Love is Love Farm. His sweetheart, Judith Winfrey, is a peaceful warrior for healthy food and heads up Slow Food Atlanta. They lease land from Skip and have developed a following of individuals eager to receive their CSA shares throughout the season. Both farmers are gifted stewards of the landscape and I am more than grateful to contribute to their efforts and ultimately continue to learn from them.
We've packed up our few possessions, our dogs (Bell and Forest),
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We consider ourselves new wave nomads and this next adventure in our lives will certainly be full of experiences that will deepen our love for the Earth and its gifts. Balancing our connections from the boonies to the city will give us new perspectives and help us relate to the people who will be sustained on our food. Our first projects include: getting away from the media and tv, the spring growing season, developing a good pastured chicken rotation, locating some goat breeders, becoming seed saving experts, and reconnecting to that sweet, simple life.
If you live in the ATL and care about food; we'll be seeing you soon.