I’ve always had this conflict within me. I was born and raised in the city. I love the city and all that it has to offer: Lots of concerts, opportunities, beautiful apartments, and endless people.
Yet, despite all these opportunities, I truly cherish the openness and small communities of more rural areas. Mountains, forests, natures, farms. All these things really call out to me and ultimately, I can see myself living in both types of places.
The idea of location has become of an even larger importance as I begin my college search. What kind of place do I want to learn in?
Also, with my dream of becoming a farmer, I wonder if I would have to give up my roots. All of these were some of the thoughts that clouded my mind, which is why when I came across the Eagle Street Farm, I was more excited!
Annie Novak, an urban farmer, started a rooftop farm ontop of a building in New York. Not only does she have an amazing view of the skyline, but her farm has chicken and bees!
It occurred to me that you do not necessarily have to give up the city life in order to make a difference in the local communities. Cities also have a duty in becoming more sustainable and I have noticed that Atlanta has also been trying to make a difference. With the increased popularity of farmers’ markets, urban gardens, and food trucks, it seems that most people are becoming more committed to supporting the local economy.
These thoughts and ideas are becoming to spark more inspiration as I began to think about my future and my contribution to the world, especially after I graduate. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have my own rooftop garden!