This stranger named Mary impacted me so much in one small conversation on a sunny day in West Michigan that I felt compelled to reach out to her. She was soft-spoken and bursting with compassion and I wanted to know more about her. So, Randy and I contacted her and spent an entire afternoon on her family farm. It was there that I learned a little more about life, a little more about love, and a lot about food and farming!
Mary lives with her sister on the Allegan Historic Farm & Learning Center - land that was developed during the Civil War era. They grew up on the 60-acre farm that they inherited after their parents' passing and want to turn it into a community space focused on regenerative agriculture, experiential learning, creative arts, and community development.
The two sisters have big dreams to make an impact in the Allegan area and as we toured the farm, I saw the vibrant and vital community hub of their dreams come alive right before me. They have plans to give back in a major way and that spoke volumes to me as I began to hear Mary's story unfold.
I was inspired this weekend. I was shown that dreams - no matter how big or small - should be pursued and that one person, one conversation, one moment, can change someone's life forever.
Will you grant Mary her wish?