Gabby Loomis-Amrhein joined Rural Action from Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice in Yellow Springs, where she served as Land Manager and Naturalist. She has years of local and regional experience in small-scale farming, sustainable design, and construction. She’s also a bird-watcher, published poet, and woodworker.
“I see the Makerspace as a jumping off point for people,” Gabby says. “One of our great opportunities is engaging people who are new and have a lot of interest but want business and organizational training to support themselves as creative makers. They can learn that here from classes and community partnerships and then move to create their own space.”
While Gabby was doing straw bale construction after high school, her parents convinced her to go to Antioch College, where she earned a literature degree. In April 2021, she published “evening primroses,” a book of poems rooted deeply in nature and her experience as a queer trans woman.
Gabby grew up in Yellow Springs and likes the idea of remaining in Ohio. “People of my generation are taught that to be successful you have to grow up and move out to the coast to be a success.”
“There’s something really radical about committing to your community, about staying in your community.”