I spent this past weekend on retreat with my two housemates and the coordinator of the Boston YAV program at the Agape Community in Ware, Massachusetts. (If you’d like to see more, check out their website here). Agape is a community of Franciscan Catholics that have committed to a life of intentional community and nonviolent pacifism. … More Joy in Simplicity
The holiday season is an incredibly busy time for everyone. It’s a wonderful season full of cookies, parties, cakes, lights, and candy. There is no doubt that food and stuff play a central role in this season. For many, the kickoff to Christmas is the end of the Thanksgiving meal and a quick shift to … More Hope and Food in Advent
http://www.mybrotherskeeper.org/ I realize I haven’t talked much about my job placements yet, so here it is! I am spending my year splitting my time between Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church and My Brother’s Keeper. For now I’d like to fill you in on MBK. In the 3.5 months that I have been working there I have been … More A quick run down of My Brother’s Keeper
They say ignorance is bliss, and I can’t entirely disagree with that. Before August of this year I didn’t really know anything about food justice, and at times I think that might have been for the better. I have always thought I was doing my fair share when it comes to food ethics- I have … More Let’s Get Informed!
Since its getting late and I’m trying to go to bed there is only one thing I can think to mention. My recent new close relationship with food has consistently reinstated one point. HOT PEPPERS ARE HOT! Even if you cut them at 7pm for dinner your knuckles will burn while you try to fall asleep. … More Sleeping Obstacles
I feel like I should start off by explaining the title of this post. I know it’s not everyone’s taste, but I love the show Family Guy. Most people know the old joke “does a bear shit in the woods?” Well Family Guy renovated it a little. While the Pope was out and about visiting America, I … More Does the pope poop in the woods?
If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week … More What is eating local?
August 25-31: My first week of YAVing was spent at orientation (or disorientation) in Stony Point, New York with all the 2015-16 YAV’s. Let me tell you- the Stony Point Conference Center is AMAZING! They are an intentional multi-faith community living together, growing their own food, and working for social justice and peace. Don’t know … More Orientation at Stony Point, NY
I’ve gotten lots of questions about this year from my family and friends. What is food justice? What is living simply? How are you going to afford to eat? Can you do anything fun while you’re doing this thing? Why does it feel like you’re going to jail? All totally valid questions and I can say right … More Answering some questions
Hello All! Thanks for taking the time to read what I have to say. I’d like to take a minute to share with you what my life is like pre-YAVing. I am currently living in Beverly, Massachusetts (in my opinion, a very sleepy town about 45 minutes outside of Boston) renting a room with three … More Fundraising, Reading, and Preparing!