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In this picture, taken by her partner, Charlotte is heading up to set some anchors for climbing at Carderock!

This past summer, we held our annual EcoWomen Photo Contest in honor of Earth Day. Thank you to all who participated and submitted photos. We were thrilled to receive so many stunning submissions that highlighted your visual stories about women, the environment, and the DC community. Congrats to one of our finalists Charlotte! The questionnaire below introduces her personal story to share.

1. Where are you originally from and what city/state do you live in?

I’m from Cockeysville, Maryland and now live and farm in Woodsboro, Maryland in Frederick County.

2. How did you find out about DC Ecowomen?

I went to school at the University of Maryland in College Park and majored in American Studies and Women’s Studies. I found out about DC Ecowomen a few years after I graduated when I was seeking work in DC. 

3. What aspect/part of the environment are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about land use in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I know that we can greatly improve the health of the largest estuary in the US by being better stewards of the land, and to me that means – growing more perennials, no longer spraying grass & growing less of it, decreasing pesticide and herbicide use among homeowners and farmers, encouraging biodiversity by growing more than just corn and soy, giving land back to Indigenous peoples and BIPOC farmers, supporting regenerative and organic farmers, preserving woods and waterways.

4. What (do you believe) is our biggest environmental problem today?

I believe that poor land management combined with poor eating habits/choices and the total loss of connection with our food nationwide is a huge environmental problem. We can tackle this one meal at a time by connecting with the farmers who grow our food and shorten the chain of our food. By eating local and organic food, we’re supporting soil organic matter, our community members and their labor AND our own personal health. By eating local and organic, we’re refusing food grown in monocultures + CAFOS (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) that have not been grown responsibly and then have been shipped across the country or world sometimes several times over before getting to our plate — and making us sick anyway. Poor land management and our broken food systems are major environmental problems we can each do something about with every single meal we eat.

5. What place/country/city have you traveled to with the best aesthetic view of the environment and would recommend to others?

Since it can be difficult or impossible to travel far in the world today, I’ll recommend a close place that I love: Old Rag Mountain in Sperryville, Virginia. It is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has the most fun rock scrambles to hike up and brings you to a stunning exposed summit. Fall is my favorite time of year to climb up it when you are surrounded by exceptional fall foliage and crisp cool air. 

6. What is your favorite activity in your spare time?

I love to kayak on the Monocacy River here in Frederick County. The river is beautiful and is home to a huge diversity of wildlife that is a joy to paddle alongside. 

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Welcome to the first Spooktastic Saturday installment! Submissions have been made anonymous. Enjoy!

I went backpacking through Saguaro National Park for an alternative spring break. One night, I accidentally slept on the mouthpiece of my CamelBak and completely soaked myself, my tent mate, and all of our belongings in water. We happened to be at the top of a mountain. It was freezing the next morning! It made for a very uncomfortable hike down. 

—DC EcoWomen Member

One of the scariest moments of my life came during a bike trip across Europe. My front brakes were completely worn down, but I didn’t know how to change them. I was flying down the side of a switch back mountain and I took a turn too fast. I lost my balance and my bike nearly tipped over the side of the mountain. 

—DC EcoWomen Member

My professor took our summer class on a field trip to a state park. Our van got stuck in the sand. There wasn’t any cell service and we spent the rest of the day rescuing the van. I still had a final the next day. 

—DC EcoWomen Member

My best friend and I were hiking at sunset in Nova Scotia. We lingered at sunset and then took the long way back, figuring we would be able to hike the remaining 4 miles quickly before it got too dark. Then, we encountered a black bear a few hundred yards away. We froze and tried to backtrack, but it would have been 5 miles back the other direction in the dark. Our phones were quickly running out of battery and the sun was setting. No one else was around. We considered running past the bear or climbing a tree (both bad ideas, by the way). We even considered jumping a high fence into a private residence, but we couldn’t get up the fence. Finally, we decided to walk quickly past the bear and make as little noise as possible. As I passed, I noticed the bear had a long neck. It turns out it was a moose, and not a bear.

—DC EcoWomen Member