The sight of skyscrapers seemingly rising straight out of the sea used to signal my arrival home. These days, it's the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah National Park lies just to the west of Charlottesville and few things are as magical and grounding as getting out there, inhabiting the wild space, and experiencing the changing seasons. Right now, our National Parks are threatened by budget cuts and other actions, and it's more vital than ever to support, enjoy, and celebrate these precious wild spaces. Today, I'm proud to join my fellow bloggers in celebrating the @nationalparkservice and #ourwild. Thanks to @sasha.swerdloff and @evakosmasflores for organizing this, and to all the talented people lending their voices and sharing stunning images of our parks. There's a link to Sasha's post in my profile – I hope you'll take a minute to look over and enjoy our rich natural heritage.
On Thursday, I had the honor of hearing my hero @alicelouisewaters issue a call to farms in her speech at the @tjmonticello Founder's Day celebration. She spoke eloquently about the importance of nurturing small farms and creating a healthy garden + food curriculum for all school children. (📸: The Monticello kitchen garden in all its spring glory.)