A photo of Shannon Saia 

A Long Time Coming  

By S.M.R. Saia

As an army brat, Shannon grew up in a string of suburbs, but she has roots in rural Mississipi, where during summer vacations she watched her grandparents raise cows and later, pine trees. They showed her how to garden, forage, fish, and preserve food – though she didn't realize or appreciate how much they were teaching her at the time. Now that they have both passed on, she's having to relearn it all herself. You can follow her family's suburban homesteading efforts at Homestead on Earth.






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