On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the fruition of years of dreaming, stretches of work inside corporations where I didn’t feel like I fit, exploring different types of urban farming, settling myself inside the Omaha community of non-profiters and months of planning: I met my first group of Mosaic volunteers at our Sacred Seed lot. Even now, typing this weeks later, tears well up in my eyes when I remember that first day together.
5 volunteers showed up with Tom, their job coach. We had two pickup loads of limestone rock that needed to be unloaded and laid out on the pathways. After a brief introduction and review of tasks ahead, we set off to accomplish our work. Several volunteers from No More Empty Pots joined us as well as a farmer looking to work with other groups, a friend who helps with yard work and a dear friend from our gourmet group and her daughter. As we set about our work, no one asked: “Why do we have to do this?” “How long will this take?”, everyone just pitched in and became chalkier as the day went on.
As I directed and redirected, answered questions and pondered ideas, I reveled in the fact of what the Lord had brought to pass. A boss, Nancy Williams, who allowed me space and an umbrella under which to develop my dream; being alongside specially abled adults who just want to engage and contribute and being out of doors working in the soil.
Here I am, two months later, heading to Sacred Seeds to meet up with this team, knowing that this is what is life-giving to me now. Thank you for joining me on this journey!