The mission of Tikkun Farm is to be a place of healing for hurting people.
There are many kinds of healing, and many ways to be healed. We are seeking ways to begin our work at Tikkun Farm using resources we already have: our garden and animals, with people living in the community around our farm: the children from low-income families and the homeless veterans living in transitional housing.
|Many farms around the country have established healing places for veterans. This quote from the founder of a farm called Veterans Healing Farm reflects the kind of experience we hope to offer at Tikkun Farm: “When you get out [of the military] and have just been inundated with death, to have the opportunity to cultivate life, to nurture it, to take a seed and put it in the ground, tend to it and then have it bear fruit — that heals your soul, your mind and your body,” Mahshie reflects. “With your feet touching the earth— the whole system creates this environment that is more therapeutic than any other.”||
Many of the low-income children and youth in Mt. Healthy are African-American and live in rental properties. There is a very polarized relationship between them and the mostly white property owners in our town. Recent events in our nation highlight the need for environments that create reconciling experiences in racially divided communities. By inviting African-American children to our farm we hope be that kind of environment. In addition, many of these children also live in traumatizing households and experience a high level of powerlessness. Learning to grow and cook your own food is very empowering, and hence, healing
Because both of these communities will benefit from experiences in the garden, we are seeking funding to offer the following programs in 2016:
• Gardening for Veterans
• Aterschool Farm to Table Series
• Farm Camp
If we can raise $30,000 we could do this:
• Part-time Farmer
• Chef/Cooking Instructor
• Camp Counselor
• Crockpots for each child
• Garden Expenses