Over the next few years, our lives are taking a bit of a turn. After years of people telling Linda “You should be a minister” after a talk at church or presentation, she’s finally taking the bait. She’s now enrolled 1/2 time at Meadville-Lombard Seminary in Chicago. She feels as though it is important to be with people along their live’s paths – through births, deaths, and everything in between.
This means many changes for us. Linda will continue her teaching job and hope to get many of the courses completed over the summer and during J-term. There are also a community service portion of the curriculum which will require volunteer work at a local hospital, hospice,Veteran’s Home or other such place. There’s an internship with an existing minister, and a special project as well, so while she won’t be spending much time in Chicago, her energies will be directed at ways outside the farm.
Of course, that means something substantial needs to give – and to that end, activities at High Hopes will be curtailed. We’ll probably concentrate on providing solely for our own needs and not growing and marketing crops and animals for others. It’s hard to predict what that transition will look like, but it will be different. She’s still committed to being an advocate for sustainable farming, through education and whatever other kinds of speaking engagements arise. We just won’t be “farmer.”
When we started down this path 15 years ago, there were very few people also doing it. Now, there is a local food group, the importance of diverse and healthy foods is once again approaching a main stage in the American psyche, and there are many good people behind us.
To that end, here’s a link to a story about Linda in the UU World magazine.