Ronda Clark and her daughter Coral pause to decide what path they should take as they hike through the forest on their 60-acres of land. Ronda grew up on a farm in Western Michigan with her six siblings and she wanted to raise her children in a similar manner. "We’re supposed to be stewards of the land and be part of cycle inside of separating from it or being above it," said Ronda.
From left, Coral Stephens, 9, and her sister Rosemary Stephens, 11, play in a creek near their house. Regardless of the season, the girls play outside for hours.
Rosemary and Coral Stephens bike past their father Tim Stephens after he tilled one of the garden plots. Tim will help out in family gardens in the evening after his day job.
Ronda Clark wakes up at 5 a.m. every Saturday with her daughter Lilly Stephens, 13, to sell produce at the Athens Farmers Market.
Lilly Stephens, 13, collects marigolds in the family garden as her sister Coral snacks on some chips.
Coral Stephens tilts her head back to catch raindrops in the front yard of their house. “When you grow up without technology you learn more about nature and the life around you," said Coral.
Rosemary, left, and Coral Stephens play dress up in Rosemary's room on a weekday evening.
Ronda Clark and her daughters give thanks to the Creator before a home-cooked meal. Clark was raised evangelical Christian, but she later identified with the spirituality of her Native American descendants. "We’re supposed to be stewards of the land and be part of the cycle of nature instead of separating from it or being above it," explained Ronda.
Lilly Stephens, 13, crafts an earring as one of their many house cats sits beside her. Lilly spends much of her time in her room reading and creating art to sell at a local jewelry store.