The property has been given now, and St Francis Farm belongs to Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) which will use it for their Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program. We wish them well as they work with and learn from this land that has been so good to us for so long. We've always known that there were more possibilities in this place than we had time or energy or wisdom to realize, and we look forward to seeing what RISE will bring forth. And we are glad to see the land going to people who have been displaced and are doing the brave work of creating home in a new place.
You can read more about RISE's work on their website here: https://refugeeandimmigrant.org
Lorraine and Zach moved up to Piercefield on Thursday and Friday and are now busy putting last touches on the house, unpacking and getting settled in. We're very grateful to Selena who helped with the move, saving a lot of time and providing a lot of encouragement. We don't have pictures to post this week. We have more gratitude than we know how to speak for all the people who have worked with us, advised us, donated to us, encouraged us, prayed for us, over the last twenty-one years, and for all the people whose love and labor and prayer built the farm and the community before we came to it.
Wishing you all strength and joy, clarity and grace, in the work you're called to, new or old.
The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY. Here at Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowermen...