Rebecca Terk of Flying Tomato Farms near Vermillion, SD, wrote incredibly lovely responses some questions from me for my next South Dakota Green Feature. I plan to post the full interview soon, but here’s a sample to whet your appetite. Stay tuned.
I love South Dakota because I feel like it’s still so wide open—like it’s not all bought up and “taken.” There exist so many possibilities here—especially for young people! I’ve had a number of friends on both coasts ask me why I stick it out here—why I stay in South Dakota when I’d “fit in” so much better in a place like Washington state or Massachusetts, or back in Vermont, for that matter. My standard answer is that I don’t necessarily want to “fit in.” But also that I’m fitting in pretty well in my own little community, and I feel like I can make a substantive difference here. In my relatively short time here I have seen a lot of people and possibilities come and go. It’s sad when someone who is brilliant and full of energy and an asset to the community leaves for someplace where there are all kinds of people like that, and where they won’t make nearly the difference they’d make here. It’s just plain perverse when people recognize you’re brilliant and full of energy and will make a difference and they tell you that you ought to leave or your talents will be “wasted.” People with talent ought to be encouraged to use those talents for the betterment of their home and community, and what betters the home and community has a strong tendency to better the self.