Reposted from Powering a New South

“When I was twenty-years-old I realized I had never eaten a single thing in my life that I knew where it came from. It was like the Sunday morning cartoon where the anvil falls out of the sky and flattens the cartoon character, that was MY anvil. It just destroyed me to realize that. I thought I was connected to nature because I was going outside and connecting with nature, then I realized that I wasn’t as connected as I thought.” – Chris Farmer

Ashevillage - blog earthavenThe 18-year-resident of Earthaven Ecovillage walks along the 329 acre grounds of the intentional community, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Immersed in the sounds of the nearby creek 1 and the bright, melodic per-chic-o-ree of the American Goldfinch, Chris Farmer, a hard-working and nearly middle-aged man, made evident by the salt and pepper in his beard and tired eyes, is bundled in a black beanie hat, faded jeans and button-down shirt beneath a heavy Carhartt jacket. He inhales deeply the crisp, cool, oxygen-rich air of the diverse environment around him, his eyes begin to glisten with tears. For Chris, living with the Earth in mind is far more than a hobby.

“Trying to live a sustainable lifestyle is my means of self-medication. I have dedicated my life to figuring out where my food, water, energy and wood I use come from, and that’s literally saving me from an incredible psychological bill.”

Want to hear more from our Permaculture School teacher? Read the full article here and participate in one of the Permaculture Workshops this summer with Chris Farmer.

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