Happy Solstice! There is so much to write and talk about, but I’ve had a garden to look after and lots of thoughts and ideas to sort through. Life in and around Athens seems busy, which is the reason it’s been forever since my last post. The old autumn leaves I kicked around in my last post turned to harbingers of spring, miles of faraway trails, and 50-year celebrations of the river I grew up on.
I’ve had time to pick up some new projects. During my travels to Vermont last fall, I connected with a solar installer at an event on renewable energy. I wrote a couple of USDA REAP grants, and one was awarded to a farmer and another rural business in Bennington.
Back in Athens, I also started working with a nonprofit called Live Healthy Appalachia to write grants for plant-based nutrition projects. I decided to practice what I preach and lost about eight pounds. I have a lot more energy these days, traveling the open road and journeying into new areas of Appalachia.
I can’t believe it’s been five years already. In 2014, I completed my master’s degree and made a decision to leave the city for a new way of living. Since that time, I never looked back. And to celebrate, I made a surprise visit to the place where it all began.
Soon, I will write about my journey. Until then, enjoy a few new photos of life in hill country.