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I hear it all the time out here. And trust me: If you’re constantly naming all the ways in which you’re not a hippie, you’re a hippie. Unrecognizable as anything else to the rest of the country.

But don’t worry. All that name-calling? It’s just because I'm jealous of your super dreamy life.

Case in point: Chris Foraker. He runs the natural building department at Aprovecho in Cottage Grove, OR., an educational nonprofit that specializes in sustainable living.

Chris Foraker

“I’m not a hippie,” says the guy who converted a school bus into permanent home, complete with sleek wood floors and a wood-burning stove.

“I’m not a hippie,” says the guy who uses draft horses to haul out his sustainably harvested timber from sustainably managed forest with a group of hot, sustainable-living interns.

“I’m not a hippie,” says the guy who harvests his food from the garden and eats it in the forest with said interns.

Chris, you’re a hippie. And I'm a little jealous.

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