This year is one for milestones, Hofstra hosted its third debate, Homecoming Farm is celebrating its 20th anniversary and to top it off, my senior year at Hofstra and first semester (hopefully not my last!) as a CCE fellow. With so many big things happening this year, its often hard to get lost in all the madness.
Thankfully, this week we were able to make it out to Homecoming Farm for our introduction to its Director, Elizabeth, and the organization…despite the rain. It’s always daunting to branch out and undertake new ventures, however once we entered the grounds and made our way into Elizabeth’s underground cove/office space, it was like being welcomed home. We went from freezing in the cold, grey outside world, to being enveloped into the warm bosom that is the Homecoming Farm main office. Unlike any other work environment, Elizabeth immediately made us feel like welcomed guests. Armed with a hot cup of tea, we got down to business.
Homecoming Farm is an organization that was started in 1996 in Amityville, New York. What once started as small garden in the back of a convent, has grown into hectares of land for the nearby community. Built up by a group of activist nuns along with hoards of scouts, Homecoming Farm is approaching a landmark year that I am grateful to be a part of! With their annual honoree luncheon on October 30th, to “Spring Awakening” in March, I cannot think of a better time to get involved. Their goal to “understand that the human and natural world is one community of life” and their continuous work to a more sustainable world is one that I hope more people will come to appreciate! As Shari Arison once said, “Sustainability is the key to our survival on this planet and will also determine success on all levels.” – Hopefully, the rest of the world can catch up to Homecoming Farms and appreciate their great work!