October 12, 2016
The University Church
Tell us more about some of your past projects?
I’m only 30, so I don’t really have things of significant substance in my resume, but for the past decade I’ve either been working with at-risk young people or in some kind of agriculture/horticulture (usually both at the same time). When my wife and I lived in Georgia, we worked at a “Respite Camp” for foster children, then to the Old South End with Mosaic (formerly Western Ave. Family Center). I’ve also worked with Cherry Street Mission; helped a friend launch an edible landscaping initiative; and traveled a bit.
What current projects are you working on?
Growing food. Getting quality food off the path to compost, and on the tables of underserved folks. Leaving things better than I found them. Raising a family to do the same.
What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve never lived anywhere else for a long enough period of time to have an objective answer. I love my tribe. They offer advantages. Good soil. Cheap living. Good food.
Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
I have a lot of people around me who really love me, and I really love them. All the other shit doesn’t matter. I mean that with 100% sincerity.
Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
God. Nature (people included). My family. Art. Eating food. Growing food. People overcoming odds.
Tell us about your background.
NW Ohio native. Went to college and studied English. Married Kharissa. Dropped out of college. Moved around a bit. Returned. Found new joys in old things. I’ve undergone some religious detox. Recently discovered I will be able to graduate with a B.S. in Liberal Studies. Despite my brevity, I do enjoy writing.
Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
No. If I put anything here it wouldn’t really be an honest answer. Maybe “love one another.”
Favorite place for local culture?
Can I just list 20 people instead? Nevermind, I’ll go with the Toledo Museum of Art.
Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
Honestly, the place where I work: The University Church. And, Irwin Prairie.
My favorite place to chill locally is . . .
My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .
When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .
I wish I had an answer for this question: maybe Irwin or Secor Metropark or my grandma’s.
If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .
I wouldn’t. I think we have a great network of genuine folks working to make this area a better place to be. Plus, creativity and progress seem to evolve faster when culturally opposed.
Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?
There are a handful of projects in which I’m involved at work.
Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.
Depends on duration: Hemingway for a weekend. Thoreau for a month. Jesus for a year or more.
Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.
Probably gmail.com, because of the amount of communication I do through it. On an existential note: Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens or Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan.
3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .
I’ll go with work: Grow, Glean, Enrich
Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.
It really depends on if I find access to fresh water and food, but I’ll go with
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Album Leaf - Before You Know It soundtrack
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
Listener - Wooden Heart
My biggest vice is . . .
Well I just really enjoyed answering these questions and feel smug with some of my answers… I guess that explains a bit. I’ll quote a sidebar from a song/poem I enjoy by mewithoutYou:
“(Oh, there I go, showing off again
Self-impressed by how well I can put myself down!
And there I go again, to the next further removed level
Of that same exact feigned humility!)”
I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.
Either a financially thriving local agriculture scene; or if I can’t have that, Mayor Covey.
What’s the last dream you recall having?
I had a dream about fantasy football last night. I wish that was more interesting.
The last lyric that moved me was . . .
The front-man of a band I enjoy, Typhoon, just released a solo album, and I enjoyed this fun little nugget.
“I used to want disciples
Watch them drinketh from my cup
I used to want a fancy funeral
But now I'm just a sucker for your love
All the rest I have given it up
As much as it is tempting
Consume until I'm empty
Enough is enough”
—Kyle Morton, "What Will Save You" from the album What Will Destroy You
One movie character I identify with is:
Um, every character from Seinfeld in one way or another, and Chewbacca.
The best gift I’ve ever received was:
In an effort to not sound too sappy, my banjo.
My most inspiring moment was/is:
The births of my children, especially my daughter.
I want my last meal to be:
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