To celebrate getting all the rice started I took time the evening to start reading “Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread.” There is a essay by Wendell Berry in it, and, like much of his writing, it really spoke to me. In particular "The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical - in short a victim."
This ties back to the rice, and the dry beans, peas, oats, buckwheat, rye, that dominate our planting; and the potatoes that used to and will hopefully again soon. There are a lot of things we could grow, and our choices are not the popular ones, they are not the valuable ones, worth a fraction of salad greens and the like. They are however the essential ones, they are cornerstones of a diet, and if there is to be a local sustainable agricultural economy where eaters are agriculturalists, then small farms need to be able to get by on the those essential crops. We love Chinese, Ukrainian, and Scottish food, love to base our diet around them, rice shows up in Chinese and Ukrainian food, potatoes are also important, so is buckwheat. These are the most humble of crops for sure, not sexy or exciting or trendy (although we have funky heirloom varieties of almost all and unlike many of our grower friends the space to experiment with them), but essential and awesome because they are the base that so many different diets and cultures are built on. Pretty humble stuff, sort of the horticultural equivalent of feet washing, total service, which I guess is what dominion in relation to creation is supposed to look like. Really though, even others can’t I can see their beauty, I love these crops, and I can’t wait to get this stuff into the field.
Jerremie and Rita Clyde are members of St. James Anglican Church in Calgary Alberta. They are enthusiastic supporters of A Rocha Canada and believe in caring for creation.
Faith Based Farm
Little Loaves is a faith based farm. That means our faith informs our choice to farm, how we farm and what we do with the bounty. It doesn't mean that we evangelize at folk, but if you ask, well we will be happy to talk about it.