Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I grew up on a tobacco farm in a mostly Mennonite community. A good bit of that place still sticks and underlies my work – peace, social justice, equal rights (and, yes indeed, the moral risks of industrial agriculture) – all focused in recent decades on the environment, now that a habitable planet, for innumerable species, including us, is at stake.
I live in Hudson, Michigan and have worked as a writer, farmer, teacher, environmental activist. I farmed hay for a dozen years before restoring wetlands on the farm and putting the land in a conservation easement, a sanctuary for ecological study, and for generally letting things go.
Recent work includes several Eco-dementia projects: poetry, mixed media/photography.