We all worry, at least a little bit, about how others see us. In this day and age, telling someone you are a Christian might bring them to immediately think that you are unaccepting of them. Sharon Prince Grace Farms and several of her friends decided they wanted to put a stop to that by creating a place where people of all races and religions could spend time together; therefore, Grace Farms was created.

The public space is opened six days a week and anyone can come and go as they please, free of charge. The Farm has community events and a nature trail on site as well. Prince feels this space is a need for the area to help advance good in the world. The goal of the land is to break down barriers. With this goal in mind, they created a place that is beautiful enough to become award-winning in its own right.

Naturally, she recognizes that space alone cannot bring peace but that space needs people who are willing to communicate with one another and see people for who they truly are. Also, people who are not afraid to open their arms to others. Sharon Prince is the embodiment of this. Recently, a neighbor’s house burned down and she opened up a room for the family in her own home while they rebuilt.

One of the events that Grace Farms recently held was an event featuring Carrie Mae Weems. Her event is thought-provoking as the guests think about our violent past and how this might bring extension, though she does leave room at the end for hope. She begs us to see the value of life and, in doing so, stopping violence. Prince feels that Weems brings a wonderful new perspective to Grace Farms, given her multi-disciplinarian work.

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