While on a teaching fellowship at Emory and Henry College in Washington County, Kingsolver met and married professor Steven Hopp. They spent summers in a log cabin on his farm and in 2004 settled in Meadowview. Concerned about the nation's fast-food culture, Kingsolver and her family decided to rely on only locally raised and produced food for a year. Their account, published as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007), became a best seller and spurred the creation of the Meadowview Farmers Guild to promote the local economy and the Harvest Table Restaurant, which emphasizes regional ingredients.
In addition to writing, Kingsolver continues her commitment to local food by raising poultry and Icelandic sheep and tending a large vegetable garden on her family's farm.
Reprinted by permission of the Library of Virginia.