We believe something magical takes place when a group of people come together to accomplish something good. This force is hard to completely describe, but it includes power, protection, fun, and encouragement for everyone involved. Everyone participates and everyone benefits.
The fall has officially arrived in Northeast Ohio! The leaves are absolutely gorgeous, and there’s something about the cool, crisp air that energizes and excites me! 😊
Today, I’m reaching out to explain the third focus of our mission…COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
Why is Farming with Friends passionate about Community Engagement?
Well, there are a lot of reasons, but I’m going to stick to 4 for now.
First, the Community Engagement portion of our mission is very practical. In short, we need help! 😊 Plain and simple. We need many people to come together to support what we’re trying to accomplish otherwise our efforts will not be successful. We also believe that nothing of real importance is accomplished without significant participation from a large group of people. We’re trying to change the way people think, feel, see, and interact with their fellow human beings and God’s creation. Sure. We’re happy to change one person’s way of seeing the world, but we’re more excited about creating and/or being a part of a movement. If it only moves one person, it’s not much of a movement. Further, we believe something magical takes place when a group of people come together to accomplish something good. This force is hard to completely describe, but it includes power, protection, fun, and encouragement for everyone involved. Everyone participates and everyone benefits.
Second, the Community Engagement portion of our mission ties directly into the Employment of People with Disabilities portion of our mission. For the most part, we don’t believe people with disabilities are intentionally forgotten or excluded from the world’s activities. Rather, we believe one of the main causes of their exclusion is that typically-abled people are afraid to engage in an environment with people with disabilities. In other words, typically-abled people are often afraid to say or do the wrong thing while engaging with people with disabilities. By inviting both the community of people with disabilities and the community of typically-abled people to work and play alongside one another on the farm, we believe that we will be providing a safe space for typically-abled people to familiarize themselves with people with disabilities in a way that allows them to be comfortable creating and/or inserting themselves into these types of environments both on and off the farm.
Third, the Community Engagement portion of our mission ties directly into the Regenerative Farming portion of our mission. We’re passionate about playing a role in developing healthy, whole human beings, and we believe that good food plays a role in this development not only on a physical level, but also on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. We also believe that our world is slowly starting to recognize the issues within our commercial/industrial food chain. In other words, we are starting to realize that the people to whom we’ve outsourced our food production seem to be far more concerned with making money than with creating quality, nutritious food that will provide health to us and our families. We believe that people are growing tired of this and that they’re looking for solutions. What better solution than bringing your food production in-house? And what better way to learn how to do that than to join us on the farm to learn how to keep a backyard flock of chickens, grow a salad garden, take care of some fruit trees, etc.?! 😊In short, we’d love to play a role in helping people take their health into their own hands by providing quality farming education, and we believe our Community Engagement focus will allow us to do this.
Lastly, we believe our culture has strayed too far from deep, meaningful connection with our fellow human beings and with the land, and we believe that we’re reaping the consequences of this straying. What happened to knowing and helping your neighbor? What happened to going outside to get some fresh air? Through our Community Engagement focus, we’d like to help restore these lost connections. We’d like to provide opportunities for neighbors to get to know and work alongside one another on the farm. We’d like to provide opportunities for people to put down the cell phones (and pick up a shovel…please…we need the help! 😊). On the farm, we want kids splashing in puddles. We want adults hooting and hollering. We want crazy competitions. We want breeze shooting, joke cracking, hullabaloo creating…we want laughter, smiles, and joy. We believe that the benefits of human connection and getting one’s hands dirty are incredible and vastly undervalued in our current culture. Thus, Community Engagement!
So, what do you say, friend? Will you engage with us?
Farming with Friends