About One Acre
I had initially headed to Martha’s Vineyard with the intention of focusing on another story. A few things fell through, and my backup plan led me to the Farm Institute, which then led me to Lily. I was really drawn to and inspired by Lily’s passionate yet grounded perspective on how she intends to make her goals become her reality, one acre at a time. This was such a fun piece to work on – I loved the ferry rides over, meeting interesting people on Martha’s Vineyard, and getting to see the inner-workings of a farm. It was rather challenging to get quality recordings – there were lots of noisy birds, wind and rain on one of the days I was there. Certainly one of the more memorable experiences of working on this piece was when I electrocuted myself on a cattle fence. But at least I got it on tape – which is both awesomely embarrassing and entertaining.
About Jessica Kittams
Jessica lives in Portland, OR where she enjoys all of the amazing potential stories (and delicious food) the city has to offer. She attended Chapman University in Southern California and Portland State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Jessica then moved to Europe for six months to work and explore after which she worked at a popular brewery in Portland and spent her spare time volunteering at Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Northwest Film Center. Since returning home from the Transom Story Workshop, Jessica has already contributed two pieces to Monocle 24 in London. She looks forward to continuing her radio adventures wherever the story may take her.
Jessica is a member of PRX.