As I prepared to speak to you today, I couldn’t help but see both the light and the dark of these times. The events of this past year offer us so many lessons, both large and small, about fragility and resilience, and about what it means to be healthy, as an individual, as a family, as a community, and as a nation.
Just about a year ago, while we were busy attending meetings, making seed orders, and putting the final touches on our spring plans, we didn’t know it, but the world was changing. The pandemic reached our shores in March and our “good life” began to tremble, to bend and finally to break under the stress of shutting down our communities and sending many of us home.
Soon after, we found ourselves living in the midst of the largest protest our country has ever experienced – a protest led by our youth demanding an end to systemic racism.
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