Today I’m moving away from the Connecticut River Valley of western MA, where I’ve lived, minus two stints in California, for the past 6 years. I’ve gotten to know the land and the people in this valley better than anywhere else on the planet, so it’s a big moment for me to be transitioning out.
I’m headed northwest to the shores of Lake Champlain – Burlington, VT – to begin a two-year M.S. program at UVM in Ecological Planning, the other half of the better-known Field Naturalist Program. It’s a super rad opportunity for me to go deeper into the content I’m most excited about and be in a focused, intensive, cohesive, yet open-ended and interdisciplinary program. Also the Champlain Valley is one of the most interesting mini-bioregions of the Northeast (it’s basically the eastern edge of the Great Lakes ecoregion with many species and plant communities found nowhere else in New England) with a very long Abenaki history, a rich farming tradition, and a happening eco-social renewal scene to boot.
A lot to dig into and explore in the next two years. And I’ll be reporting on some of the juiciest bits of it here – so please keep reading! Also, if anyone knows Burlington, I would love recommendations about any great places or people you think I should get to know.
So farewell for now, Pioneer Valley, and thank you.