The new issue #50 of HipMama Zine is out, and page 18 is sporting a mighty cute picture of some mama weeding a garden with a kiddo on her back. Woh, that’s my kid! And that’s me!
Here’s a snippet from my article “3 Acres of Food & Family” in the Home Issue of HipMama:
I was one of those folks who fantasized about motherhood, marriage, and creating a home for my family. Yes, I’m a radical, post-feminist anarchist, but I still wanted a ring and a big pregnant belly. When I imagined my future, I saw a couple of acres of vegetables, animals, grass, trees, community, kids and a partner. I saw a sweet little farm and a sweet little family.
But while all this imagining was going on, there was also a lot of living in cars, crashing in warehouses, and scrounging up enough change to buy a can of black beans to eat for dinner. There was a marriage and a divorce; there was alcohol; there was poverty, and a whole lot of the other things that come along with it. There were a lot of circumstances, opportunities and choices standing between me and my acres-of-the-perfect-life.
I never sat down and made a plan of how to get from there to here, but somehow, it happened. A decade into adulthood, I now spend every day amidst a vibrant tapestry of all those things I dreamed about–a ridiculous, redheaded three year old, a herd of goats and a flock of hens, an orchard, an acre garden, and its fabulous farmer, my partner. Somehow, with very little planning but an enormous amount of intention and work, I got here, to the Circle A Farm.
For the rest of my story, and for loads and loads more inspiring stories from mamas across the spectrum of mama-hood, order a copy of hipMama Zine #50 here.