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Megan Paska

January 11, 2012

                                                                                                                                      Photo: Rachel Styer

Megan Paska is your go-to urban farming resource. She grew up tending gardens with her mother and grandmother in Maryland and spent summers wandering through pastures picking chicory on her family managed 450-acre farmstead in rural Virginia.

These days, Paska lives in Brooklyn, NY and spends her time expanding her skills and knowledge of beekeeping, gardening, and chicken and rabbit wrangling. With a compassionate approach to how she controls her impact on the world, Megan documents her adventures on her website Brooklyn Homesteader. There’s a little bit of everything on the website. Megan shares her forays into mycology, home brewing, cooking and home-ec. The best part is that she shares what she knows as an instructor at places like the New York Botanical Gardens, 3rd Ward, sometimes her own backyard, and she’s working to provide online instruction as well.
Stay tuned for a book Megan has in the works about urban and rooftop beekeeping too!

1. What is your hometown?

Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a very working-class neighborhood called Highlandtown, or if you are from there “Hollantaywn”

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Idgie Threadgoode from Fried Green Tomatoes. 

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Christina Hendricks, though I’m not nearly as girly. This is a tough question because I feel like a I’m a pretty authentic person so I have a hard time imagining someone effectively pretending to be me.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

If it looks like the artist could have been dancing while making it, that’s the kind of art I like.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Little Heathens by Mildred Kalish and Touch the Earth (A Self-Portrait of Indian Existence) by T.C. McLuhan

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

 This Holy*Ghost mix for Autumn. It’s fantastic (http://ghostcapital.blogspot.com/2011/10/va-eileen-aroon-ghostcapital_04.html)

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

 I don’t know about a movie, but I just watched “My Life as a Turkey” on PBS and I got pretty misty over most of it. (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/introduction/7268/)

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Critter person. I love and value all of them.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth is kindness. If you think being truthful is cruel, you probably just need to work on your delivery.

10.    How do you define sin?

Doing harm to yourself or others.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Treating yourself and others with love and grace.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It should be something Andy Goldsworthy-esque. Very temporary or changing. A shaggy piece of driftwood or something. “There is no death. Only transformation.”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Everyone!

Connections:
Brooklyn Homesteader
@BKHomesteader 

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