Full circle and "coming home"
I was born and raised in northern Virginia and grew up playing in the woods and in the waters of the small lake community we lived in, as well as going to some form of overnight camp for a few weeks to two months from about 8 to 16 years old. Needless to say, my love of the outdoors and the adventures within them runs deep.
So moving to northeastern Tennessee feels like "coming home" to me. The woods look and smell the same, there is water everywhere, and we are just 11 miles south of the border of Virginia. Each state is different, there is no doubt, but when I roll down Sweet Creek Road to the edges of our property, it feels very familiar.
It feels like what's old is new again, and that we're coming full circle.
What we're establishing on this 40 acres in Eidson, TN is a mouthful – in short, it's going to be an intentional community with a permaculture education center – in the long run. How do you do this? Chunk by chunk.
But let's back up... we often get asked "why here?" And for that answer, we have to look at why we're leaving Colorado... skyrocketing prices, interminable drought and resulting fires, and change. You can't buy 40 acres for less than a mil$ anymore, you can't grow a lot of food without a lot of water, and there simply isn't much water, and the winters are just too long for what we want to do. There are other reasons for leaving too, but those are the big ones.
So on the other side of the coin, that leans to "why Tennessee." My short answer has been, "it will have water for 50 years." I'm sure it sounds crazy to be thinking that far into the future, but that's the kind of thinker I need to be for this project – this legacy.
When I am gone, I want someone to inherit this food forest and heart-centered communal way of living that we are intending to create. If those concepts are new to you, do a little digging, and keep reading our emails and socials. Soon we'll be unpacking much, much more.
Until then, here's to a mobile business I can take with me, here's to working from home, here's to manifesting big things, and here's to food security.
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