I had this blog for over four years! It began as an easy platform to post my art as well as explore my newfound love of cooking---the latter faded out as a topic because cooking became part of my lifestyle (along with growing food) and less of a wonder that I desired to constantly record. I still enjoy to post about fermentation or preservation projects that I complete, in hope that people will see how easy and rewarding (as well as cheap!) it is to do most projects yourself. Lately, food projects have been a lot of pickling/blanching to freeze from the farm, and today I am taking my first stab at bread making (only time will tell how this goes, but I hope it goes deliciously).
Keeping documentation of my life through art, music, and writing has been instrumental to my growth as a person. I always feel as though I could be doing more, pushing myself forward in my passions, and this blog has been a great place to clump experiments and share experiences. Writing helps me reflect on how I have become more, but hopefully less, of a dufus over the years. Music is a pleasure that I love so much, but I lack the "natural" talent, or simply haven't devoted myself enough to any particular instrument...I love to sing, though! The joy of making art has walked in and out of my life several times, but lately it seems to be taking more of a spotlight, and I assume it will increase following college graduation.
That's right! I am graduating in December from Sterling College. It has been a heck of a ride, and I am ready to finish strong. I have learned so many practical and technical skills revolving around food production that I will carry with me throughout my career. The ability to complete an internship for college credit at Growing Power last summer was a confirmation that I am not just interested in growing food, but hopefully networking with like-minded people and working towards providing access and food justice to everyone in this country.
Speaking of countries, I will leaving the United States in six months. Come March, I am off to do Peace Corps service in Jamaica! Twenty-seven months in a whole new place, leaving many things I love behind, but I am confident that the work that I complete will be worth the two-year devotion in the end.
So, that's where I am at. Life is good and I feel grateful for the sea of opportunities, the love of my friends and family, and the ability to experience the world. I remember being sixteen/seventeen in Philadelphia and feeling this intense feeling that there was a whole world that I was missing out on, and I believe it was the world of agriculture. The world of farming has opened my eyes to history, culture, and environmental stewardship that I was blind to while living in the city. So here's to continued adventures and undying passions in agriculture, food justice, and art.