As a seminary student, Grace experienced a crisis of faith related to the slow-motion environmental catastrophe unfolding on the planet, and realized that her call to serve God in the world included a call to tend the land through healthy farming. The founding of the Yale Farm coincided with her time in seminary, and she participated happily in its creation. She later spent a summer on a biodynamic farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont; interned with the Urban Resources Institute in New Haven (by the end of the summer she could life a wheelbarrow directly over her head into a truck bed), learning much about community building and neighborhood development; and worked with Liberty Community Services to create a vegetable garden for a facility housing chronically homeless adults. In Manchester, she was part of a group that doubled the acreage of a community garden serving both American citizens and newly arrived refugees (the coolest part of that was the groundbreaking conducted by a yoked pair of oxen); and in Plymouth, she bought a 140-year-old farmhouse, planted asparagus and apple trees, and built a chicken coop, and for four summers provided all her own eggs (and then some) and vegetables from May to October. While her current more urban lifestyle in Montreal does not include poultry, parsnips, or perennials, she still hopes someday to reintegrate small-scale urban agriculture into her life.