Floyd: News in Mother Earth

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It was, for those of a certain age and era, the declaration of our (five acres and) independence, with links (which didn’t mean then what it does now) to the tools, techniques and places to live “off the land” in handmade houses and intentional communties–consolidated (of which Floyd still has several) or dispersed.

Mother Earth News lives on, and continues to have in every issue something we can use, something that makes us not smarter but wiser; it carries on the spirit of those who, though well seasoned since the early 70s, still find a vibrant relationship to landscape, nature and community a high ideal. And so in this, it’s very compatible with those things I find important and often write about.

So to have Floyd highlighted in the Feb-March issue of Mother Earth News is quite the thing. Importantly, rather than painting the place with “country-cute” pastels, it highlights a bit of the broader canvas on which the town and county’s music, arts and crafts and home-steadiness are drawn.

I was happy to be able to point to the work that SustainFloyd is doing towards the end of making it possible to make a living off the land and to create an environment in which our natural resources can support the people of Floyd County for future generations.

“Celebrating the Past, Preserving the Future:” I think that pretty well describes the good mix here-bouts. Thanks, Mother, for the hat tip.

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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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