RealSmallTowns Magazine: Vol. 1

RealSmallTowns Magazine: Vol. 1

The first issue of RST Magazine will be available in mid-April. I am immensely grateful all those who have helped bring this dream to life!  Anyone who would like to have one sent directly to their home can subscribe here:   Subscribe to RST Magazine...
Breaking Away from Linear Thinking

Breaking Away from Linear Thinking

In a small, non-descript house across from Viroqua, Wisconsin’s Eckhart Park, resides a man, his wife, their two delightfully charming children and a business working with customers across the globe: a perfect combination of small town life and big city work. Gregory...
Sharing the Sugars: Truth be Told —Toril Booker Fisher

Sharing the Sugars: Truth be Told —Toril Booker Fisher

In this compelling narrative,Toril Booker-Fisher, a daughter, organic farmer, community activist, and painter, shares her uplifting story emphasizing the power of love, kindness, and community in times of adversity. The story was told at a local storytelling event in...
Diversity and Creativity Build Small Town Health and Prosperity

Diversity and Creativity Build Small Town Health and Prosperity

The 2016 election delivered the resounding wake-up call that many of those living in small and rural communities are suffering, angry, and resentful. As the earth’s resources have been depleted, as robots replace workers, as big business moves jobs overseas, and as...
Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

On election night, I huddled in front of the television with a group of close friends, sitting in utter disbelief as we watched a sea of red creep across the greyed-out counties of our United States. One of them was mine. I wept as the weight of our new reality...
“To Farm”

“To Farm”

I grew up in the monoculture wasteland of Iowa, surrounded by endless fields of corn and confined animal feeding operations. My family didn’t farm, my friend’s families didn’t farm, and I knew very little of what it meant to grow food or raise animals. When I moved to...