Jonathan McRay is a farmer, facilitator, and writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He grew up in Central Appalachia and worked overseas before completing an MA in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice, during which time he helped found, garden, and mediate for Vine and Fig, an urban farm, education center, and supportive home. Jonathan regularly teaches classes and workshops on cultural ecology and restorative justice, and is a member of the Speakers Collective of Soul Fire Farm, where he’s co-facilitated Uprooting Racism in the Food System trainings.
Through the Cambium Collective, he organizes and facilitates groups and grassroots organizations to transform conflict, understand power and oppression, and shape liberating practices and relationships. Jonathan grows beautiful and useful plants with Silver Run Forest Farm, a riparian nursery and folk school rooted in love and living soil, committed to remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and soil, from chemical leaching to white supremacy. His writing appears in ACRES USA, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Resilience, and Geez Magazine.
Jonathan is passionate about the healthy culture of land care, liberating community power to resist white supremacy and colonization, movements for restoring and transforming justice, and the renewable use of energy, from sunlight to calories to conflict! He’s also learning to give up erosive perfectionism in favor of joyful growth.