LEED AP BD+C, LFA
Vermont House of Representatives
Hi, I’m Tristan—an author, father, and farmer immersed in “This Spot on Earth,” a.k.a. Quill Nook Farm, since 2005. In November 2022, I was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives for the Windham-6 legislative district.
Trust your body and trust in nature.
As a farmer, I use the forest management objectives expressed by poet Wendell Berry:
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
My professional objectives agree with French author André Gide, who said that happiness lies not in freedom but in acceptance of a duty. As a writer and artist, I share expressions on how stewardship of our connection with nature can enhance our wellbeing today, for my son's generation, and beyond.
Playwright Tom Stoppard wrote, “If we can't arrange our own happiness, it's a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.” And anarchist Emma Goldman said, "I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal should demand the denial of life and joy." (Often translated to "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution.")
That's where my career-long commitment to sustainability and human health and my 20-year track record for rigorous technical thinking really comes together for a party. I host virtual and in-person events, artists and writers retreats, and all the time both deeply considering the world's problems while also helping folks feel more calm, connected, and resourced.