Sarah Sharp, Detroit, MI
One of the qualities I most associate with my secular Jewish upbringing is a love of reading. My parents read to me every night as I went to sleep, and this fostered a lifelong interest in books as a vehicle to access new learning and experiences.
When I moved to Detroit in 2009, I was motivated in part by the preponderance of urban agriculture - I had simply never seen a city with the capacity to grow its own food, and was inspired by the potential for sovereignty therein. But I had a lot to learn. Some of this was via hands-on training by some of Detroit's greatest urban farmers and nonprofits. But a good deal of it was via reading!