Kollibri terre Sonnenblume lives on the West Coast of the U.S.A. and is the co-founder and co-owner of Daggawalla Seeds & Herbs. Kollibri’s past experiences include: urban bike farmer in Portland, Indymedia activist, and music critic. Kollibri holds a BA in “Writing Fiction & Non-fiction” from the St. Olaf Paracollege in Northfield, Minnesota.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first short-story when I was ten years old. It was about a time traveler and is still one of the best narratives I have ever come up with! I entered it into a writing contest in my local newspaper and won that month's prize, which was $20 and publication. I still remember the story, and occasionally tell it around a camp-fire.
What is your writing process?
For me, each piece that I write, whether fiction or non-fiction, is a temporary but all-consuming obsession. Even when I am not at the keyboard, ideas and phrases run through the back of my head while I am doing other things. I am not free of it until the piece is done. For software, I prefer to compose in a plain text editor because it is more like typing on a blank piece of paper than a word processor is. When the piece is nearly complete, I will put it in a word processor for spelling correction, formatting, etc. Sometimes, I still write a first draft on paper with a pen. Hearing my writing read out loud by another person is the best way for me to pick up those things that need changing for the final polish.
Equal parts historical document, confessional memoir and social critique, this book tells the story of “Sunroot Gardens,” a bicycle-based urban farming operation the author founded and cultivated in Portland, Oregon, in the early 2000’s. A must-read for anyone concerned about our collective agricultural future and the role that urban farming could play in it.