When my wife was pregnant with Aspen in 2016, we spent a week camping in Custer State Park, South Dakota. While there, we spent a day hiking to the top of Black Elk Peak, the highest point in the state. The 3.5-mile trail offers expansive views of the Black Hills, one of the prettiest landscapes in America. We also encountered bison, blue jays, mountain goats, and a unique view of Mount Rushmore. After all these years, I finally had time to edit the images – here’s the highlights:
I created a video about our hike for my storytelling project SCREAMS FROM THE TREES:
My friend and business partner, Ethan Brown, consulted with Wild Fox Provisions a few years ago when owner Ben Davies was getting started in the hemp game. Since then they’ve worked together on several projects and have become trusted friends in the industry.
Ben and his young family have deep roots in Pennsylvania soil. They manage their sustainable USDA Certified organic farm growing a variety of produce, including hemp. After Ben’s wife served us fresh pork sausage from the pigs raised on their land along with a salad grown on their farm, we took a walk around the property.
While discussing best practices for organic farming, we discovered that Ben and I are fellow Naropians. After briefly discussing the next socio-cultural revolution (think “enlightened farmers”) and Kerouac and religion, we brought it all back to the soil.
Accompanying us was Brian, the leader of Ben’s hemp team. He’s the guy in the orange headgear. A veteran from Afghanistan and graduate of Rodale Institute’s Organic Farming Program, Brian brings a whole nother level of passion to Wild Fox Provisions. From seed to flower, from tinctures to hempcrete, it was interesting listening to Brian and Ethan get deep into plant science.