How Sustainable Farming Became My Passion, and My Ticket Out Of Poverty

Scholarship Entrant: Jessica from Vernal, Utah
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Once my son was born, my relationship with food changed forever. He has a rare disease called FPIES (Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome), which in short, means that he is severely, and life threateningly allergic to food. At this point, he has no safe food, and relies solely on a special very expensive medical food.
I soon realized that if I ever stood a chance to feed my child, and watch him thrive, I would have to grow all of the food he would eat, and I would have to raise all of the meat he would partake of. He will never be able to eat anything that comes from a box or a factory.
As my son grows, my interest and desire to farm and raise animals grows. I have this passion inside me to farm to sustain his life. As my desire to be able to feed my son grew, I soon met other moms desperate for safe organic food to feed their children with the same disease. This has made the passion I have for a farm to help not only my son, but many other children with life threatening food allergies grow tenfold.
We do not have to become another statistic for single parent families, or those living far below the poverty level. Given the right blessings, the right support, and right education, the possibilities for me and my children are endless. Given the right support, we can change the world.

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