3 days ago
Meet Angela Lee, marketing manager of Sol Mountain Farm. Mine isn't the most typical story. I was trained as an academic and a social activist. I went law school to continue my fight for social justice. And today, I find myself on Sol Mountain Farm, growing vegetables, raising pigs on pasture, and getting back in touch with the Earth. I have studied sociology, philosophy, refugee law, and the laws that govern our natural resources. Ultimately these are studies of the systematized failures in this modern society. It is a study of the brokenness of systems that govern our lives. It is a study of suffering. But in the darkest struggles lies the brightest light - the true meaning of life and energy in this beautiful, natural world. This Truth is more easily seen in the vastness of nature than in the midst of bright city lights. To be closer to this Truth, I moved to the deserts of New Mexico. In the Land of Enchantment, I let go of false notions of control in my life. With full trust in this universe, I allowed the desert to guide me to where I'd need to be. That's when I met Wes and Ike while rock climbing in the depths of the Rio Grande gorge. I followed my heart and this unconventional path to Sol Mountain Farm. Here, today, my call for social action and my spiritual journey can coexist. Because to me, farming is a powerful act of rebellion. As small organic farmers, we rebel against the broken food system by becoming what it needs to be. Against pesticide-ridden foods that sicken us, we grow foods that heal and energize. Against industries that kill the Earth, we cultivate and restore the land. Against powers that divide, we share love and acceptance to reconnect our community. Here, I rebel against the mainstream society that defines "success" to be everything but what I am doing. In working with the land, I have found true happiness, awareness, love for the Earth, for all people, and for myself. As we create regenerative systems through permaculture - for this Earth, our land, and our community, I raise my fist in loving rebellion.