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The Pilgrims in 1621: Agriculture

Pilgrims with Samoset

As the American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated we often will hear some bit of the story of the Pilgrims and their “First Thanksgiving.” Regrettably, their story is often boiled down to the basics and we lose some of its fullness. Here I want to flesh out a small part of the story concerning the Pilgrims’ work in agriculture.

Congratulations to Joel Salatin for 30 Years of Full Time Farming

We’d like to congratulate Joel Salatin, his family, and the team at Polyface Farm for making it to today: 30 years of full time farming by Joel at Polyface! Here’s a short note from Joel about the surprise the Polyface crew gave him and reflecting on what 30 years means.

Join Us at the Reformation of Food and the Family Conference!

Reformation of Food and the Family Conference

We’re very excited about the upcoming Reformation of Food and the Family Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 12-14. True Food Solutions will have a booth there and we look forward to engaging many likeminded reformers in discussions about the challenges and solutions we’re finding as we work to transition away from the modern industrial food economy to a more natural and sustainable food system.

Walk Your Farm with THE Owner

One thing that could help promote a better sense of stewardship in our hearts is taking a walk around the farm. The goal of the walk should not be to dwell on the work you need to do on the farm, but rather to simply walk the farm with its Owner. Apparently God walked with Adam, the first steward, in the garden of Eden. And I think the Lord would enjoy walking with us around the farms He has given us.

Trust and Science

An accident reveals an early 20th century advertisement – one that says much about man’s trust in science and it’s ability to provide for health artificially. Peter Bringe, author of The Christian Philosophy of Food, tells the story and provides an analysis of the deeper issues.

Why Food Can Rebuild Civilization

While there may be exceptions, our ‘communities’ have largely become depersonalized and non-relational. The problem is that people are still personal. We haven’t become impersonal, but how we think of people and their ideas has been corrupted. So what is the solution? And what does this have to do with food? Food has much to do with this because it is an integral part of hospitality. And hospitality is a large part of the solution to our mess.

Thankfulness and Its Implications

While it is good to strive for goodness and beauty in our food, if we are unthankful, we will defeat our own efforts. Unthankfulness is a refusal to praise God, a refusal to enjoy Him. Selfishness is the opposite of thankfulness, and if I had to pick one thing that is wrong with the current view of food, selfishness would be a top choice.

Centralization in the Food Economy

A full discussion of food will include the social-political and cultural aspects of the environment in which the food will be cultivated, harvested, prepared, and eaten. If our society and culture in general is messed up, our food’s quality will not escape unaffected. It is good for us to then to examine our current system, and the centralization that accompanies it.

Don’t Work Like a Greedy Farmer

One of the areas that I struggle in as I try to be a good stewardly farmer is the amount of work that I try to get done each day. My tendency is to look at all that I want to get done, write up an optimistic to do list for the day, and then run around frantically trying to get it all done, and end the day disappointed because I didn’t. However, I don’t think this is what God desires for his farmers.

Don't Work Like a Greedy Farmer

One of the areas that I struggle in as I try to be a good stewardly farmer is the amount of work that I try to get done each day. My tendency is to look at all that I want to get done, write up an optimistic to do list for the day, and then run around frantically trying to get it all done, and end the day disappointed because I didn’t. However, I don’t think this is what God desires for his farmers.