What farm are you working on and how did you end up there?
What are your responsibilities on the farm?
Can you give us an idea of what a day on the job looks like?
What attracted you to farming, and why are you passionate about agriculture?
Agriculture in many ways has the potential to be both the nail in the coffin and the solution to our current problems. For me, I did not have enough patience to keep sitting around and talking about these problems while I watched the world burn. I figured I should start farming and begin the process myself of making this world better. Food is at the center of so many of these issues, of social justice, equality, environmental justice, institutional racism, local and global economics.
The fact that we live in such a wealthy country with so many who are so poor and so sick is an injustice - agriculture is a practical solution to these problems. By growing food I’m able to feed those who don’t have access while resuscitating the land, building community, and learning practical skills so that I am less reliant on such an oppressive system. Agriculture connects the dots and is a political statement in the face of oppression. We can talk all we want about changing the system, but we need to act and our lifestyle needs to reflect these values. My hope is that long term I can work in cities in the US to increase food access and food sovereignty to help exploited communities. I hope to use agriculture as a tool for social change and give people the resources to break free from the chains of our oppressive society.
What is your favorite type of produce?
What is your favorite vegetarian or vegan recipe?
Side note: Jesse got me involved in the Food Justice Alliance when we went to college together, and for a pot luck with other members I made a huge batch of vegan chili. I served it straight out of the pot I made it in, and I'm pretty sure I left that pot with Jesse because years later I still can't find it.