Updated: Oct 27, 2021
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings...” - Masanobu Fukuoka
As a farmer, Masanobu's quote inspires me onward in this challenging yet rewarding work. The farm stages the setting to connect people with Nature, the great healer, and teacher. Nature has the power to change us, even to transform us. We experience that through farming, which not only helps feed people but also nourishes, enlightens, and enlivens everyone involved in the process. The farm serves as a center for the community, a catalyst for connection.
Many of the women with whom I work have experienced abuse, drug addiction, and/or trauma. When I ask, “Why the farm?”, they consistently reply, “The earth is so healing!” They find refuge, clarity, and space on the farm. They discover a life force that allows them to dissipate negative energy and restore their sense of hope and enthusiasm for life. Besides healing, the farm offers occupation, satisfaction, and relationships. The farm restores balance and purpose in life. Joy becomes reality. Their farm experience becomes the launch pad from which to propel them forward in their lives.
For myself, the farm stimulates, exhilarates, and invigorates. Every day is a personal discovery. I’m excited not only to sense its impact on me but also to observe people revive as they experience the farm’s energy. Like no other medium, the farm can satisfy a range of human needs providing an opportunity to give out of abundance and gratitude. Giving creates a new sense of confidence. Giving grows relationships. When I immerse myself in Nature, I am created anew. This experience is the ultimate in re-creation and transformation. This realm of experience is what I think Masanobu Fukuoka means in his quote.
Please accept this invitation to make a difference in your community. You can be a part of lifting individuals’ lives and transforming communities. However you choose to participate, you can join us on this journey. Your contribution, no matter how small, can help us empower urban farmers to grow plants, benefit individuals, and cultivate community.