Zev York attended Touching the Earth as a participant in 2022 and as an assistant in 2023. He feels lucky to be able to return to the relationships he has explored in the land and is doubly thrilled to welcome new folks into the fold. Zev grew up in New Haven, CT, and recently graduated from Middlebury College with a joint degree in Religion and Environmental Studies. For their senior work, Zev helped kickstart a small reforesting project on campus and wrote about the ongoing extinction of Ash trees and human experiences of death. Zev loves playing the guitar, learning from both humans and trees, quietly crafting artwork from found materials in the woods, foraging, and making loving communities with each year’s new group of folks at the homestead.