Dear Friend and Supporter of EarthDance,
On March 1st, I’ll head out on what I’m calling a ‘radical sabbatical’ for one year to pursue the vision I’ve had for EarthDance from the very beginning – a network of educational centers and farms focused on growing food, farmers, and community.
Just over 10 years ago, I set out on this adventure of creating EarthDance with a single acre of rented ground and me as the sole staff person. With your support and belief in our mission, EarthDance has grown to 14 acres of historic (now certified) organic farmland with a team of 20 dedicated staff, 12 Board members, and hundreds of Farm & Garden Apprenticeship and Junior Farm Crew alumni, donors and volunteers.
After this initial decade of bustling growth and activity, I’ll soon be setting out on a different kind of adventure in hopes of gaining inspiration and connections for our next phase of growth. Along the way, I’ll head back to Fiji, where I started The Fiji Organic Project back in 2006 and will be excited to see how far the organic farming movement in the Pacific Islands has developed since then. I’ll also use this time away to forge new connections in EarthDance’s own neighborhood of Ferguson, and I’ll gain more knowledge about innovations in organic farming from experts in the industry that I’ll take back to our organization.
Of course, I wouldn’t be able to go on this journey were it not for the incredible team of staff and Board members we have in place. At this point in our growth, our programs are well established and expanding with internal leadership that make this sabbatical possible. As we’ve planned for this time, it has been reassuring to intentionally transfer the vision and strategies to others in the organization. EarthDance is in good hands with our smart, skillful and passionate staff members, who will be led by our incredible Managing Director, Rachel Levi. Rachel has been an asset to EarthDance since her first days more than eight years ago, and she’s worn just about every hat there is to wear at EarthDance. It has been a true gift and an honor to work alongside this dynamic leader for so many years, and it thrills me to announce that she will serve as Acting Executive Director in my absence.
Our first decade has been a remarkable and fulfilling social experiment. Developing the organization and the farm into what it is today has been filled with joy, challenge, lessons, heartache, hard work, inspiration, and awe. It is my sincere hope that this ‘radical sabbatical’ will cultivate new and stronger roots for EarthDance and the broader Good Food Movement. Thank you for your continued support; I hope you’ll join us for the next decade of change and growth at EarthDance Organic Farm School!
With roots in Ferguson and a vision to keep EarthDancing,
Molly Rockamann, Founding Director