The earth gives us strength in the Lower Midwest. Whether it’s building relationships through a river’s meandering, betting on dirt for your livelihood or planning 1,000 years ahead with local land as a guide, our successes all come from right where we’re planted.
It’s this deep-rooted soul work—trust in ourselves and the places we live—that holds us close like a mother, guides us through hardships and provides energy whenever we’re ready to grow. These stories start in the soil and build outward from those growing points, safe within us and just underfoot.
The 1000-Year Plan for the Lower Midwest by Adam Saunders
From Ditchdiggers to Breadwinners by Bryce McElhaney
Bats on the Rebound? by Kathy Love
We Carry Our Homeland With Us by Alice Driver
Growing Up Hungry by Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
One Definition of Intimacy by Erin Bertram
The Lesson by Amanda Williams
Praise the Bird by Kim Lozano
Personal Geology by Kate Strum
Chemo To Go by Sandee Woods
Regionalist Stirrings in the Midwest by Jon Lauck
Not Your Mama’s Discipline by LySaundra Campbell
This Little Piggy Solved Your Food Problem by Lauren Manning
Review: Katie Williams