I’m home from my last speaking commitment of the season. Five conferences each with a different focus, but all with a certain feeling of hopeful change. It was impossible to say all that I wanted during sessions, but in the planning stage and one-on-one conversations I experienced what felt like sacred moments.
While there are very real political, religious, cultural, and method divisions in our country there are certain things we all agree on: children shouldn’t be going to bed hungry, we need more farmers, everyone should be washing their hands😉
My work as a female farmer feels timely and I'm making a commitment to show up for it. We need a re-positioning of power so the overworked have more time for contemplation and those who have been overlooked gain ground. It really is as simple as showing up, listening (even when it's hard), and stepping back so that others can come forward.
We will be doing that on the farm this year with help from our friends at Black Soils: Our Better Nature, Top Crops, and the voices of the people we feed.
If you are wondering if one taste of fresh food can make a difference I'd like to share a sacred moment that I experienced at 7 years old at a time I was experiencing trauma in my life. Unknowingly to the dietetic intern who was doing what she had been assigned to do, the taste of kiwi she gave me with the sincere words, ”Every time you get the chance to eat fresh food, you should, because you are worth it” watered a seed inside of me that has now become my life work.
A sacred moment.
We want to create many more sacred moments over the year here on farm and in the community and we invite you to join us:
-The Celebration of Women Art Exhibit to Benefit Hope Harbor on March 20th
-The Community Farm Alliance Farm Party here at NMA on March 22
-The showing of ”Kiwi in Kentucky” at the KY Green Living Fair 2020
More events to be scheduled soon.
*all events have been cancelled due to COVID-19
This is a portrait of Michelle Howell, a hardworking farmwife, mother of five, author, and advocate. On the left side of the bust you can read text from the poem “Anyway” that was on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.” “The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.”
Leslie Nichols, Artist