I am from Applachia, Kentucky.
I was (maybe still am) a hill billy.
My mamaw Verda and papaw Marion were salt of the earth people; never had money, farmed and bartered for what they needed. If my papaw Marion were alive today he'd be 122 yrs old.
Sadly both of them passed before I was 4 years old. I come from these people. My mother Louise and aunt Zena passed down to me the importance of good ole southern cook'n'(lard) and hospitality (warmth & laughter), not to mention what a good porch sittn will do in clearing your mind and keeping you acquainted with your neighbors(family).
I'm 33, live & work in Brooklyn, NY. I am the first to graduate college in my family, let alone go out and get myself a masters degree.
I've been working with the dirt for more than 10 years now! I work with the earth!
I'm Zena Verda Pesta, maker of pottery, quilts, supper, grower of food, nurturer of partnerships,roller dancer,and participant in all types of learning environments.
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