Welcome to the farm Kathleen Lokey, a member of this year’s team of Food Systems Interns! Here’s what Kathleen has to say to introduce herself:
My name is Kathleen Lokey and I hail from the beautiful, rolling hills of Tennessee. I graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Social Work in 2011 and spent the following summer in Waco staying hydrated during my frequent bike trips to Cameron Park. Eventually I moved to Belize and worked as a social worker in the school system.
Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God.” This verse encapsulates the way I desire to follow and glorify the Lord. I do not believe we empower others, as people already have power within themselves, but we can support, love, and walk alongside others in their journey. I came to the farm seeking an avenue to live in community and pursue holistic ministry with others. While the allergies from “stray,” dust, and Texas in general annoyingly force me to wear glasses (instead of contacts) for the first few hours of every day, I enjoy and am fulfilled through the work of the farm and the graciousness exhibited by my fellow farmers. My walk with the Lord has been void of solid, intentional community the last couple years so the familial aspect of the farm is exactly what I need. The farm is a lifestyle I have sought after and now I am finally in the midst of it. During this time I want to learn more about living in community while seeking to love God and my neighbors more deeply whether that is through a listening ear, pulling weeds, feeding pigs, cracking a smile, or all of the above. Random things I enjoy include flying kites, rambling in the outdoors, reading, star gazing, and riding my bike.