Sustainable Food & Agriculture
God cares for the land He created (Deut. 11:12) and has given it to us to take care of while we are here.
Large-scale, industrial farming rarely takes good care of the land and gives it the Sabbath rest that God requires of it (Lev. 25:2-4). Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can support local, sustainable agriculture and food.
Community Supported Agriculture - When you purchase a CSA share, you receive fresh, delicious produce every week from a local farm. CSA farms originated from a desire for safe food for consumers and a stable market for farmers. Participating in CSA is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people who are growing your food, support sustainable farming practices, and even spend some time learning and helping out on the farm. Find out more about CSA.
Farmers Markets - In addition to being a fun weekly activity during the summer, farmers markets also serve as an excellent link to the origin of our food. You can meet you local farmers and know who is growing and raising the food you are purchasing and eating. You can even host a farmers market at your church or campus. Download our how-to guide here.
Gardening - With every new season of planting and harvesting, there arises an exciting opportunity to deepen your relationship with God the Creator and creation. There is something sacred about tending to the plants of the earth and receiving nourishing, life-giving food in return. Want to start gardening? Download our How to Start a Garden guide to help you think through the process.
WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms provides hundreds of volunteer opportunities to learn about organic, sustainable farming practices in the United States and all over the world.