I am originally from the Hudson Valley of New York, and I am interested in a wide range of things and people. I'm often told that my group of friends is the most random crew they've ever seen. We are all very different but when we get together it's always constant laughter and just the right amount of immaturity.
I love the earth and everything about nature, but in no way am I a "tree hugger." I don't love animals just because they are cute, though I do have a deep appreciation for the beauty and awe of nature. I value earth because of what it means to future generations and the sustainability of modern society.
What I’m doing with my life
I farm, I teach, I cook, I eat, I learn. My goal, through hands on experience, is to facilitate young people (also some not so young) in getting to know where their food comes from in order to better inform them in making responsible decisions that are both healthy for the earth and healthy for their bodies. Usually, people leave with not only an understanding of how food arrives on their plates, but also an appreciation for the heart and soul and sweat and blood that goes into all of it. My life feels whole from all of this, and I'm grateful to have that wonderful community and place in my life.
Don't worry I don't take myself that seriously. But I do love it, and maybe I even romanticize it, but it's the only job I've ever had that I would use to answer the "what I'm doing with my life" question without protest to okcupid for implying that life can be summed up by your job!
I’m really good at
Cooking, putting thoughts into words, immersing myself in the current activity, reusing/repurposing/renewing various things (mostly just food though), taking up new hobbies like brewing homemade sodas (and beer of course!), tapping obscure trees for sap, eating and drinking wild plants. Eating food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
The first things people usually notice about me
My Aunt calls me a yes-man. I'm definitely not a pushover, I'd be dead by now as a teacher. Eaten alive. I just usually want to do everything so I've ended up with an extremely varied set of hobbies and skills.
Physically, people always comment on my eyelashes or my curly hair, and at the moment my beard. It gets old talking about my beard with everyone
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is by far the most incredible story I have ever read, the movie was ok I guess but read the book! Everything Michael Pollan touches turns to gold. I love every single word he has ever put down on paper. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami was the best hostel book exchange free pickup imaginable. David Orr, Barbara Kingsolver, Tom Wessels, Jeff Rubin
I like a wide range of entertainment, from documentaries to, of course, who doesn't love, game of thrones.
As for food, I like it all. I am a firm believer that any food can be enjoyed by any person if done right. But I won't force you to eat things and I don't hold food aversions against people as almost everybody has at least a few (the hard candy on the outside of M&Ms makes me nauseous every time-when I say I like it all, I'm talking about real, whole foods). But I WILL ask you to try new things constantly.
I actually consider myself a picky eater even though all I want is real natural food prepared right, and if it is, and it comes from the earth (or especially the sea), and it's safe to eat, I'll eat it. So somehow I'm a picky eater that eats just about everything.
The six things I could never do without
The Bright Side of things
Fishing/being in the outdoors
Good local beer and banter with good friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How weird it is that society is where it is and how people think we are at the epitome of civilization and that we are meant to conquer nature. Frustrating, but I find it evident in everything I look at. Basically how our most difficult problems come from consumption and the military industrial complex. I try to stay aware of my growing cynical attitude, mostly towards our food and agricultural systems, and direct it towards productive activities like building my Pedagogy for teaching and a curriculum to teach younger generations about these issues. They're the ones that are inheriting this bullshit.
On the lighter side of "thoughts," I think a lot about food in every capacity you could imagine: fantasies about delicious dishes, daydreams about having my own vegetable fields or more someday, how I can make my diet ever increasingly interesting while eating almost all locally and sustainably produced food (by learning. Ya gotta be always learning in order to live. I spend a lot of time think about THAT, actually).
I then think about my inevitable dream future of self-sufficiency, when I will next get some free time with friends to laugh until my stomach hurts, my dog (she's gone now), and the woman I will end up with. Also, trying not to glorify the idea of that woman and eliminating expectations as much as I can. Good relationships have always found me in unexpected ways at unexpected times, which is the total opposite of joining a dating website. I guess I'm lucky to have an open mind.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing the total opposite of what I did the previous friday
You should message me if
You know what you want. You do what you love. You do what you like. You do things at all. You do them without saying you do them. You are real. You have an independent mind. You are creative.
You are confident in the way you look and feel, you do not care about expensive clothes or makeup, you reject the notion that women need to succumb to excessive grooming and product dependence.
You smile a lot. Happiness is attractive.