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Religiously Sustainable

The Good Earth Farm is an operation of like-minded members of the Episcopalian church. The farm produces enough food to sustain itself and some local food pantries.

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Paul Clever:

Christ often gets accused of being a glutton and a drunk, because he spends so much time eating and communing over a dinner table with people. That’s something very important to me, simply spending time with people.

My name is Paul Clever and I have been farming for the past ten years.

My religion and how sustainability ties into that…

For us to really do the work of sustainability requires building up a spiritual ethic that will allow us to live smaller, allow us to constrain our individual desires for the needs of community, the needs of relationship.

We’ve got about three acres of vegetable production and all of that either goes to support the house or goes to the food pantries in the county.

Dan Kauffman:

One of the main things I do is get projects ready for Saturday volunteer days and maintain our production. Last year, I think we donated about 12,000 pounds, and our goal this year is, just off the cuff, to double that.

So last Saturday we had a seed potato planting day and had about a thousand pounds donated from community food initiatives.

Woman:

Anybody else need to take a pit stop?

Paul Clever:

Beyond the vegetable crops, we also have chickens and pigs and dairy cow and in the evening we usually milk the cow, collect the eggs, check on all the livestock.

During the summer there was a lot of harvesting, planting, and cultivating.

Dan Kauffman:

Fall season is a little bit less intense. In spring, everything comes alive again, in winter, things die back, seeds are buried in the ground, animals are inside of their mothers, and then things get born and things bloom, things sprout, things grow.

For me it’s a metaphor for my religion; for life in general.

A warm spring rain reminds you that winter is okay.

Paul Clever:

It’s not purely about a farm, it’s about creating community, creating relationship.

It forces you to constantly acknowledge the scared.

Each Tuesday night we have a mass at the farm, or a communion service and then afterwards we have a really nice meal showcasing things from the farm.

Sort of organic communion with folks.

God is everything, God is in the soil, in the animals, and in the land. In people, in all other people.

How we use things is in the most utmost significance

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