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Gardening Book Recommendations

The holidays are a time that many people use for reading and planning what they’re going to read in the new year. So I thought I would share some of the books with you that are favorites on my bookshelf and some recommended by guests on our Food Leaders Webinar Series.

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.

Why We Farm! Or a guide to relational farming…

Where does your food come from?

Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.

A Battle Won! US Dept of Labor drops Draconian Rules on Family Farming

US Dept of Labor

US Department of Labor announced Thursday that it was dropping proposed regulations of family farms related to children working on the farm. This story, and the retreat of the federal government, offers some important lessons about food freedom and what needs to be done to secure our liberty in the future.

The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it’s a Power Tool!)

Composting. It’s one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God’s creation. A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life. The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it's a Power Tool!)

Composting. It’s one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God’s creation. A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life. The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

Joel Salatin talk to farmers and local food activists

The folks from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply recently hosted a luncheon that featured Joel Salatin talking to farmers and local food activists. His talk covers a wide range of issues, and in typical Joel Salatin style, he weaves a beautiful tapestry of agrarian and food related topics.

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.

The Wild Garden

Adam in the Garden of Eden Genesis 2:7-8

Think of the typical picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve are lounging around somewhere, conveniently behind some foliage. They are enjoying the uncorrupted paradise of Eden watching the leaves and plants whirl in the wind. They do not seem to have a care in the world. They simply sit back, petting some of the plentiful animals around them in this wonderful wilderness.

Wilderness?…