The Journey to create Full Pocket Farm is finally a reality!
I can't believe I am actually writing those words, as the journey has been longer and harder than I could have ever imagined. It's only through stubborn perseverance and a drive that I never knew I had. Knowing that every challenge meant we were just a little closer to creating a place where my family could share the daily joy we get from our work with others was enough to get me "up and at'em" every day. I have the best, most supportive, and PATIENT family in the world, and they are with me every step of the way.
This little ol' dream started years ago when, as a teacher for children with diverse needs, I began to really think about what the world would offer my students when they transitioned from school to community. My nephew was about to embark on his adult life, and the lack of opportunities available to him became very real. There are wonderful organizations doing amazing things to foster independence, provide skill building, assist with employment, build friendships, and all the things we take for granted... but people with diverse needs have diverse interests too.
So, Full Pocket Farm.
We know it won't be easy. In the next few weeks our barn doors will open wide and our first Farmer Participants will be joining us. I've got to tell you, we've got an amazing group of people and friendships are already forming. We're so inspired by Marsha's kindness, Leah's creativity, Travis' smile...
So bring it on, 2019. Let the Journey continue!