In a way, this is me telling my story, so no one else could. Sharing my thoughts, so that no one else could define who I am.

Who are you

Dejah Powell. Recent graduate of Cornell University. Environmental and Sustainability Science. Minored in Business and Community Food Systems. (But none of this really matters in the grand scheme of themes.) Lover of Chicago, food, the environment, books, etc. This space will likely be an amalgamation of these things.

What started off as the result of a summer spent outdoors, working with food, reflecting on food access and food justice in the city, turned into a space where I can unleash, and go wild with any and everything I think about. I also created this creative writing space out of the need to bring vulnerability and authenticity into a world filled where the norm had become hiding behind masks and facades that only make it more difficult for us to connect with each other on a genuine level.

Why the name

You can take it in the literal sense. I'm 23; I am growing. Or at least I'd hope so. I've come to a point where I've cherished the growth, not matter how painful or awkward it's been. And trust me, it has been at moments. It can also be taken as me, a 23 year old girl from Chicago, learning the process of creating and growing food, reconnecting back to my agricultural roots as a black person in America.

Why I write

Because it is necessary to my survival, as is reflection. I've always kept my ideas lost within journals that I've accumulated over the years. For once, given the political and environmental climate at the moment, I'm compelled to share my ideas, in hopes that others are thinking about the things I think about or want to further discuss the things that infiltrate my mind daily. Please share, comment and engage with me further on these issues... if not I'll feel like I'm talking to myself. Which I usually am. As a person trying daily to survive and heal, I'm really in love with creating things... things that may not be good or interesting or appealing at all, but nonetheless, necessary.

What I am driven by… vision

I envision a world in which environmental and climate justice are ingrained within the ecological, economic, and social fabrics of our society, where black people and all people are liberated, where urban cities grow a diversity of foods from vacant lots, where ecological literacy and how one must treat the planet, are ingrained values within individuals at birth, and where our society no longer is addicted to fossil fuels that continue to slowly destroy the planet. I share this to give insights to why I do what I do; I hope that through living and creating and being, that I can begin to create the world that I envision; my version of utopia.

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.
— Grace Lee Boggs