I truly appreciated this post. I grew up in the south, lived on a tobacco farm in Jackson Co. TN during the 80’s. We had a small plot and my Mom needed to work at the local boot-making factory, as well as running the household and farm. I waitressed and my brother did odd-jobs, evenso, when the boot factory closed, we lost the farm. There were corrupt practices going on with the small town bank and loan companies. Of course my brother and I moved out as soon as we could, to bigger and brighter futures. But man, oh man I see the devastation and depression when I visit. It hurts to see the drift in spirit. I truly admire your call to work locally, find ways to make the slow life work. Best wishes to you and your flock.