Jonathan McRay

Jonathan McRay is a farmer, facilitator, and writer from Central Appalachia. He has an MA in Conflict Transformation with extensive experience and education in restorative justice, mediation, group decision-making, ecological design, agroecology, and agroforestry. He is the author of You Have Heard It Said: Events of Reconciliation, a contributor to the anthology Watershed Discipleship, and has published essays in The Other Journal, Geez Magazine, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. Jonathan was a founding member of Vine and Fig, a neighborhood homestead and education center, therapeutic community, and organizing hub, and currently serves as mediator-in-residence. He has worked on diversified farms, wrote an introduction to watershed restoration and stream health for an action research initiative in a rural farming community, and co-facilitated the Uprooting Racism Farmer Immersion program at Soul Fire Farm in New York. Jonathan grew up in East Tennessee and lives in the Shenandoah Valley, where he serves as the sustainability curriculum coordinator for Eastern Mennonite University and is cofounder and caretaker of Blacks Run Forest Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia.