This is me, Rebecca Terk, washing bok choy from my former gardens on the farm in Southeastern South Dakota.
I am a small farmer. I am a real farmer. I reject the USDA classification of small farms as “hobby” or “lifestyle” farms, as if anything under 50 acres is simply a lark. I stand for local economies and sustainable development.
We (my partner Harry and I, as well as a couple farm helpers) had a little over an acre in vegetable and fruit production. The rest of the farmscape is in grasses and shelterbelts that are home to a diverse array of wildlife, native pollinators, and other living and decaying things.
And even though I am now living up in Western Minnesota’s Big Stone County doing local foods organizing and rural revitalization projects, I still get back to the farm every now and then.
In the meantime, I’m renting a place in a tiny little town and planning to turn a large portion of the double lot into gardens. Maybe pass an “urban” chicken ordinance if there isn’t one on the books already. Basically doing work I am passionate about in a place that really needs it.
It’s beautiful here. And, while I still occasionally post about South Dakota matters on this blog, if you want to keep up on what I’m doing lately, come on over the border to my Minnesota blog: Big Stone Bounty.
It’s safe–trust me. And you can still see South Dakota from here.