Clark grew up in a rural part of Maryland that was once known as the vegetable basket of the east coast, but he only knew corn and soy to grow there.
During college, while majoring in fine art, he met his connection to Vermont. He moved in with his friend after school and slowly discovered the land that he would come to love. The land has a pervasive beauty from the sky, mountains, lakes, rivers, trees, rocks, and trees holding onto the cliffs by scraggly exposed roots. The culture is welcoming, humble, and proactive.
Farming is an ancient tradition that John Adams considered a noble pursuit. Clark has found it to be honest work. He describes it as the most physically demanding work he has ever done, but it is satisfied to have accomplished something “by the sweat of one’s brow and the strength of one’s back”.
There has been nary a task on the farm which he has not had his hand in, whether it be weeding, transplanting, animal chores, tractor work, trellising tomatoes, or constructing a hoophouse. Clark has great satisfaction from working with his hands to create and cultivate, whether it be painting, throwing ceramic pots, making furniture, pruning fruit trees, or weeding cabbages.
It is the idea and pursuit of “the good life” that he is following and growing one’s own food and living with the land is a part of that.
Along with the cultivation of the field comes the cultivation of one’s mind. He has been studying art education and will finish his certification this December. He states, "this autumn I will be student teaching in Hinesburg and beginning my career of cultivation young minds, while continuing my career cultivating my own."