It’s been six years since I first began dreaming thoughts aloud on this blog. The first ones were occasional ideas about a bicycle ride that would take me across the United States, as well as musings about my feelings concerning issues affecting the environment and anthropogenic sources of climate disruption. Ultimately this blog became the sound board for FoodCycle, the organization that I created through the help of many, to create collaborations between local farms and public schools. For the many months leading up to the ride this blog detailed nearly every aspect of this nascent idea as I developed a mission statement, a website, a logo, a budget, a route plan and sponsorships. Months of committed work with my former partner led us toward an unbelievable journey across the United States on bicycles. This blog was the source for a handful of reflections from our 4,500 miles of traveling (at 12 miles per hour) and continued to be the platform through which we shared the end product of our fundraising efforts. Over the course of the next year we shared updates on seasonal and organic foods purchased and delivered to public schools in Brunswick, Maine and slowly FoodCycle’s work began to come to a close.
It’s been nearly three years since those last food deliveries were made and much has changed in my personal life in that time. I’m writing today to honor that time and to plan a necessary transition toward the next great adventures that await. As this blog has changed in the past, it will continue to do so moving forward and ultimately it will bear a new name. The moniker FoodCycle is no longer indicative of my current focus and efforts, however I will always identify with the meaning that the idea conjures in me. I’m excited to mark this transition through writing on topics that move me today, in the moment, in my continued development as an Outdoor Education professional. Some topics that I’m currently interested in include issues of white privilege in outdoor experiential education, race matters and (straight white) male normative structures and how they influence outdoor programming. My research is currently focused on the connection between the neuropeptide oxytocin and bonding, in-group trust and relationship formation in outdoor programs. From time to time I’ll probably have a little bit to write about each or any of these things as well as many others. I’m looking forward to embracing this move toward what’s been on my mind lately.