I met Rick at his place of work, the old Burton homestead in Nevada City. I interviewed him for the BELONGING project and asked him how he finds a sense of belonging through the land. I walked away from our talk with something from a story he told—a question: when you take from the land, what are you going to give in return? For him it was to teach children about the earth; that is what he gives in return. For me… well I’m still trying to figure that out. Audio was recorded by Radu Sava.
Rick Berry is a featured participant of BELONGING, a community arts initiative led by Nevada County Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities Program.