ID

SPES-285NP

Authors as Published

Eric Bendfeldt, Jonathan McRay

Jonathan McRay, Silver Run Forest Farm (formerly Blacks Run Forest Farm)
Keezletown, Virginia 


Jonathan McRay is the co-founder of Silver Run Forest Farm, a riparian nursery and folk school that draws on the principles and practices of agroforestry, watershed health and restorative justice. Inspired to start Silver Run Forest Farm through the realization that he wanted to explore and cultivate health and justice in a place that he has a historical connection and responsibility to, Jonathan finds deep satisfaction in doing work rooted in care for the community and care for the land. Guided by values such as love, joy, patience, gentleness, and self-control, Jonathan approaches his work from a systems-thinking approach, recognizing the deep interconnections between the health of the soil, the health of the watershed, and the health of the community. He calls for food sovereignty so that the soil may be cared for, and the people caring for the soil may be cared for and restored.  


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Publication Date

January 14, 2021