There were never many limits set for Hannah within reason as a child. She lead her father on long walks outside at age 3, built useful tools out of recyclables at age 7, wrote persuasive essays about ending class divides at age 14, and blew glass instead of going to high school at age 17.
After deciding not to go directly to college, Hannah worked until she had enough money to travel to Ecuador for four months by herself. The freedom of riding public buses packed with strangers to beaches, mountains, and jungles planted a seed in her to explore different cultures, environments, and ideas.
Since then she has led backcountry trail maintenance crews on the national hiking trails (PCT & AT), studied Sustainability and Environmental Justice at UMass Amherst, worked at the Food Bank Farm in Hadley, and facilitated a student-run community garden at UMass. After two seasons (2009-2010) of interning at a goat dairy making cheese in Monterey, MA, Hannah traveled to Argentina and Chile to backpack in Patagonia, brush up on Spanish, and work with other forward thinking people. She returned in March 2011 and worked for Old Friends Farm in Amherst growing cut-flowers, ginger, veggies, greens, and eggs.
Hannah has taken on big challenges that require looking at the whole picture. She sees that problems cannot be broken down into many different pieces if we want to heal the world. All of the issues from hunger, environmental degradation, racism, terrorism, cancer…the list goes on, are all deeply connected. Therefore, we have to solve major problems by addressing the root causes. The opportunity to heal grows every day.
Growing food happens to be one of the ways Hannah has figured out how to heal her community, the land, and herself all at once. However, she would never weed the garden when her mother asked her to at home. Hannah must have expected that pulling weeds would be a common activity later in life, so she would save the fun until then.
Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, email@example.com, www.sweetbirchherbals.com, 413.695.5968
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