Preparing to embark on this journey of spending a year living and working on a farm at The Farm School (http://farmschool.org/learntofarm/) has been one that tested my faith. Questions abounded… “I have grown people bills; how will I pay them?” “Where will the boys (my dogs) Sebastian and Pemberton stay?” “How will I pay the Farm School’s $18,500 tuition, room, and board?” “Am I ready to commit to being in community with an overwhelmingly white staff and fellow students?” “What about continuing my career as an educator?”
I do not have a history of deep, unwavering faith, so the need to rely on faith at all is quite challenging for me. However, the Divine took my mustard seed of faith and used it to move the dream of joining the Fall 2018 cohort of student farmers to reality. The Divine manifested answers to all of my questions and even those that hadn’t crossed my mind. Progressing through the experience of manifesting this new reality aligned with the Divine’s purpose for my life keeps my mind focused on Matthew 17:20.
In two days, I complete my move from New Orleans, Louisiana - with a stop in Virginia - to the Farm School in Orange, Massachusetts. Absolutely everything I need, support of family and friends, financial stability, clothing and supplies, and a fellowship to fully fund the Farm School program, came through right on time. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am right where I am supposed to be and that the learning, healing, and growth I experience over this next year is integral to fulfilling my life’s purpose. I am beyond grateful and deeply humbled to have this opportunity and look forward (with some trepidation) to the year to come.
As I take my last steps of one journey and the first steps of this new, divinely ordained, journey, I hope to:
Continue the legacy of my ancestors and elders - earth workers, youth workers, and spiritual workers - in a way that honours them and makes them proud;
Gather all of the knowledges and experiences necessary to come back and continue the work of co-creating Freedom Schools, Freedom Farm Cooperatives, and community spaces that help us get free;
Have the opportunity to experience the kind of healing necessary to be my best, highest self because self-care is revolutionary;
Honour the lives of the 79 young people I’ve lost in the past 7 years - their lives will always matter and I do this because of all they taught and invested in me; and
Laugh, learn, love (and every other positive experience) without bounds.
I plan to blog and vlog each week throughout this next year, as a record of all of the experiences and part of my self-care routine. Thank you for taking this first step with me.