Wednesday, June 9, 2010

theology on the farm and range

I just finished taking notes on Deeply Rooted: unconventional farmers in an age of agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton so I can return it to the library tomorrow.

In doing so I realized how much theology is contained in the stories and quotations of these three farmers - theology of creation, theology of land, theology of work. Each - in Texas, New Mexico and North Dakota - has his own way of expressing things, but the language of value and trust comes through with similar themes - of stewardship, respect, community, participation.

Besides that, it's just a well written book - personal narrative, observations and opinion interwoven. Enough about the author so you sense her presence - but not so much that you learn things about her you'd rather not - a recent trend in writing I abhor. Blame it on blogging.

But I digress. Whether you're interested in small scale organic dairy farming - pasturing as a way of life - in the context of historic African-American agricultural communities; or northern New Mexico cultures and landscape; or North Dakotans bucking the tide with organic farming and a gardening model, this book is well worth reading.

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