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As a child on my grandparent’s farm I laid on a big round hay bale and peered up at the sky. I never felt so free and so connected.

As a young adult on an Earthwatch expedition we spent days in the preserve…a pure unbroken ecosystem. In the evenings we drove the road that divided the park from the reality of today. To my left, a pristine habitat of Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Anteater, Giant Armadillo, Tapir and Burrowing Owl. To my right, acres of soybean and cotton as far as the eye could see. In that moment I realized - every choice does matter.

Today, my morning was spent tending a flock of Gulf Coast Sheep and heritage poultry just a stone’s throw from that big round hay bale.