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About me

Industry Agriculture
Occupation Writer/Farmer
Location Rural Upstate New York, United States
Introduction I'm a 35 year old writer and subsistence farmer, author of two forthcoming books on Peak Oil and Climate Change _Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front_ (Fall '08) and _A Nation of Farmers (And Cooks)_ (Spring '09) the latter co-authored with Aaron Newton. Both books are forthcoming from New Society Publishers. I used to run a small, Jewish themed CSA, but now we're concentrating on subsistence agriculture, growing food and teaching others to grow food. My training was in literature, focusing on the Renaissance and demographic and cultural crises of the 17th century. I've switched to focusing on the demographic and cultural crises of the 21st century for the moment, but retain an interest in all things literary. In my spare time (of which there isn't much), my husband Eric and I are raising Eli (7 1/2), Simon (6), Isaiah (4) and Asher (2), and assorted critters and livestock, building an agrarian future.
Interests Literature, Skepticism, Demography, Plague, Land Reform, Economic Justice, The seed-to-table connection, Anti-globalization, Homesteading, Cooking, Fiber arts, neo-luddism, domestic history, humanure composting, food preservation/storage, soapmaking, Judaism, jewish agrarian culture, my kids, Peak Oil, sustainability, CSAs, Permaculture, Progressive politics, anti-consumerism, refugee resettlement, stopping climate change, transitioning to the post carbon era, the immediate removal of Shrubby and my Lord Vader of Wyoming and all their kine, preferrably to someplace warm with lots of pointy things.
Favorite Movies I hate movies. Mostly.
Favorite Music Michael Franti, Willie Nelson, Macy Gray, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahler's 7th, Joy Division, Verdi, Blind Boys of Alabama, Public Enemy, Fela Kuti, Nancy Griffith, The Little Willies, My husband playing ragtime on our piano
Favorite Books My own book (a work in progress ;-), Paradise Lost, The Unfortunate Traveller, Frankenstein, Blindness, Ulysses, Disowning Knowledge, Measure for Measure, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Paladin of Souls, Emma, Do Android Dream..., Tom Jones, The Alchemist, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Absalom Absalom, The Long Emergency, The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, The Subsistence Perspective, This Organic Life, The Beginning of Desire, Emerson's "Self-Reliance."

Your people want to make a statue in your honor. What will it be made out of and what victory will it commemorate?

It will be made entirely of carrots and beets, after I succeed in transforming us into a nation of farmers!