Reconnecting with Purpose

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As farm and food system educators or change agents working alongside rural and urban farm communities, we face enormous challenges to our efforts to support improved livelihoods of those we serve. While we may design focused educational programs or convene groups to work towards change, our work can become daunting. Over time, we may find our energy, commitment and spirit depleted.

Are you seeking a space to step away from day-to-day work to pause, reflect, replenish and connect with a larger community of others doing similar work?

The "Reconnecting with Purpose – A Retreat Program for NY Farm and Food System Educators and Change Makers" is a 5-month program is designed for those working across the New York farm and food system. The program aims to create a welcoming and trustworthy space for farm and food system educators to explore challenges, to re-engage with personal strengths and capacities to address them, and to renew a sense of inspiration and purpose in their work and lives.

The application period for our Year 1 Cohort closed on August 28th, 2020.  To read more about the program, please click on the photo links below.

Join Project Leaders for a Drop-in Q&A Session About the Program

Curious but have questions? Join a virtual session anytime on Wednesday, August 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to meet the project leaders and ask questions.

Reconnecting with Purpose Project Team

  • Violet Stone, Cornell Small Farms Program, Project Leader. 607-255-9227 or vws7@cornell.edu
  • Marcia Eames- Sheavly, Senior Extension Associate, Courage & Renewal Facilitator, ICF Certified Integral Professional Coach.  607-255-1781 or me14@cornell.edu
  • Anu Rangarajan, Cornell Small Farms Program, Peer Learning Circle Facilitator. 607-255-1780 or ar47@cornell.edu

News and Updates

You’re Invited: Reconnecting with Purpose

By Violet Stone | August 10, 2020

As farm and food system educators or change makers working alongside rural and urban farm communities, we face enormous challenges to our efforts to support improved livelihoods of those we…

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About Violet Stone

Violet is the coordinator of the Reconnecting with Purpose project, which offers farm and food system educators and change makers a retreat space to explore challenges and renew a sense of inspiration and purpose in their work and lives. She is also a collaborator on the Be Well Farming Project. This project creates reflective spaces for farmers and food producers to connect meaningfully and explore strategies that can ameliorate challenges and bolster quality of life. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.

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