The Way (and the Where) We Were

Our "First" year on the farm, Zachary our First Lab

I always welcome a chance to pass through Wythe County, and have been pleased to do so almost a dozen times in the past 12 months–to speak to audiences at the Community College, the Womens Club, The Garden Club, the Association of University Women.

I will have one more chance–before winter sets in–to revisit some of our old haunts after living there from 1975 to 1987. I’ll make a point to take the back roads to the Rural Retreat from our farm on Greasy Creek (since renamed) where this shot was taken by my tripod along about 1981.

I would love to see you there if you can make it–to the Rural Retreat Library (map)  at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov 17.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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