The Fall of 2000 found Rebecca in San Francisco, working for the Housing Rights Committee of SF, while figuring out a way to get back to the Graff family farm. Her household was a member of the Terra Firma CSA, and as she learned more about CSA farming she found that a farm focused on sustainable agricultural practices and community could also provide and economically viable profession.
|Rebecca pre-millenium in SF|
At the same time I was living in Rochester, NY and had just quit my job for good as an environmental engineer/health and safety professional. I was in the midst of figuring out how I could make a living working with my hands instead of sitting in an office. My main focus was art---printing and hand-coloring black and white photos.
|In Calabria 2000 visiting my Grandmother's side of the family, |
with cousin Frank and my friend John
That summer we spent a lot of time together, as we got to know each other and I worked on a photo essay of the farm. By August we had decided to hitch our wagons. The next month we witnessed the tragedy of September 11th together. I joined the Peacework farm crew in November and we apprencticed together for a month before moving to Missouri for the winter.
|CSA members cleaning garlic at Peacework Farm, 2001|
|Bean pick with farmers Liz Henderson and Greg Palmer (on left)|
|Rebecca and Sweet Pea|
|With the farm crew at Michaela Farm|
|Apprentices at work|