Next to the house I grew up in were three acres of woods, and they seemed huge. Now I live near 100-plus-acre parcels, but they don’t seem very big. Part of the difference is that now I am older, but part is because there was no visible human impact to the three acres during the time I was living next to them. In contrast, most of the larger parcels that I live near now are regarded as nothing more than trees to harvest. Mosses and mushrooms, wildflowers and wildlife are just collateral damage. I want to help change that attitude.
Robin’s earliest memories are of plants and animals in her childhood neighborhood. As she grew, with family moves and travels, she saw varied environments and learned to see the beauty in all. As a child she loved to lay stomach-down on the lawn and watch all the creatures who lived there. Over the years she came to understand that the natural world has value in and of itself. While she loves the coast and the desert, she has a special affinity and love for the forest where she will soon make her home. As a poet and writer, nature infuses her words.
Jim spent a lot of time playing, hiking and camping alone in the woods of the Northeast US while growing up. An early fascination with plants and forest was eclipsed by deep interest in philosophy and later by the field of neurology, which became his career. A sense of importance and wonder with respect to nature, both domestic and wild, grew with maturity. Now, privileged to live in the middle of a New Hampshire forest on a small dairy goat breeding farm, he has become more aware than ever before of how precious a gift the natural world is. He hopes to help others to experience similar inspiration.
Lily Hockley grew up in Portland Oregon, next to Tryon Creek state park. She spent the majority of her childhood wandering, exploring and going on adventures in the woods between her house and the creek. At 19 she chose to attend Hawk Circle, a school based around developing earth based skills and practicing primitive technology. She is currently building an off the grid homestead with her partner in the forest of northern Maine. Lily has a passion for staying connected to the natural world, and is constantly building her knowledge of her plant and animal surroundings.