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'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

Spiritual Cultivation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Simon & Schuster. SOIL AND SACR ...

Farmer
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

A poem by Trevor Scott Barton. Grandpa, you are my Pepa. Before me, you were Robert Elias Cunningham: son, brother, husband and father but God, through my birth, made you Grand ...

Cultivating a Better America
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum According to Wendell Berry, all you need to have hope is one good example. WENDELL BERRY ...

Come With Me Into the Fields
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill In today's environment, there's little difference between farm labor organizing and immigration reform. ...

Ethiopia: How Foreign Aid Has Helped a Generation
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 6:41pm | Type: Blog

LALIBELA, Ethiopia -- You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll mounted and ...

Immigration Reform: The Only Way to Solve America’s Agricultural Woes
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

As a Georgia resident I can tell you first hand the negative effects hardlined immigration policies have on rural communities whose economies depend on agriculture. America is in ...

Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

God the Farmer
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ellen F. Davis Psalm 65 gives us a unique portrait of a deity who tends the soil, waters its furrows, and crowns the year with a rich har ...

Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on Economy and Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41 st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to the NEH, this is “the most prestigio ...

The Agricultural 99 Percent
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It was a record year for U.S. farmers in 2011, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons — crops that rely on immigra ...

Cultivating Fruits of Transformation
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 1:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher Smith A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt by Kyle T. Kramer. WHEN I FIRST pic ...

50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it is time to take stock and commit to making it bigger, better and bolder. As one of four members of the House who volunteered, I answered f ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, ...

One More Cent Means More Dignity for Farmworkers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101020-tomato.jpg"></a>On October 13, the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/01/30/seeking-reconciliation-between-rich-and-poor-in-im ...

Shirley Sherrod: A Moral Giant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Shirley Sherrod is a moral giant compared to shameful media celebrities <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/22/shirley-sherrods-true-revelation/">who wrongly accused her of racism</a>.& ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

Refusing Monsanto to Preserve Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: Recently, <a href="../2010/06/11/10000-haitian-farmers-march-against-monsanto/">10,000 Haitians marched in protest</a> of hybrid seed which Monsanto had dona ...

10,000 Haitian Farmers March Against Monsanto
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

More than 10,000 farmers marched in Haiti last Friday, opposing a $4 million donation of hybrid seeds from the Monsanto Corporation that are being shipped with the support of the Haitian government ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part I of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Make Your Wish List a Giving List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they make shopping much, much easier. I have mixed feelings about wis ...

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The United States is a country that is at once overweight and hungry. There are those among us who are overweight and obese. There are those among us who live with food insecurity. ...

Low-Hanging Fruit in the Fight Against World Hunger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The World Summit on Food Security ended today in Rome, with words about cutting hunger, but no real progress on one of hunger's key causes: <a href="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/?cat=17"&g ...

Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

A Big Problem for Land Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best. Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the r ...

Swine Flu, Hog Farms, and Piggish Politics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a lot more to the swine flu outbreak than a virus and a vaccine: There is, surprise surprise, a political-economic context.</p> There is a lot more to the swine f ...

Nuts and Bolts
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi Best Product On a trip to Ma ...

God's Garden: Church-based Community Agriculture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. Meet Stephen Bartlett, an urban gardener and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. His passion isn' ...

Do the Math
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Don't buy the corporate agrofuel greenwash. Human beings have been burning fossil fuel ...

A Shelter for the Soul
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joanna B. Campbell 'Citizen architects' meet real-world challenges. El Centro Episcopal is located ...

Planting Justice for Farmers
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg How to stop fueling the agribusiness model. From the barley fields of ancient Israel to the ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Poor Diet. In April, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski en ...

A Theology of Place
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lyndsay Moseley Something is bound to go terribly wrong when so many Christians see the planet as an unimportant holding place where we aw ...

Tilling Word and Land
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Wendell Berry The author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and essays muses on farming as a writer and writing as a farmer. ...

Changing the Menu
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bethany Spicher Schonberg My friends and I are young and hip. We buy local, ride bikes, vote for Nader, and we do not despise conspiracy t ...

Down on the Farm
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jodi Hochstedler Bethany Spicher Schonberg Too often, farm bill dollars land in the wro ...

Let Them Eat Grapes
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter The United Farm Workers union has called off its 16-y ...

Save the Chickens
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter Chickens have evidently found a soft place in the he ...

Core Values
Originally Posted: 08/05/2011 - 1:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The Broetjes had a crazy idea—to treat their workers like people. When Ralph Broetje was 15, he had ...

A New Team Takes the Field
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Family farms---and farmers---are looking different these days. Jose Montenegro grew up on a ...

You're Going to Eat That?
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter When the price paid to farmers for hogs crashed to Depression-era lows a year ago, it was nothing less than cataclysmic for ...

Row By Row
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Thomas Urban gardens bring hope to the city. "Just as a light from a candle can be seen more clea ...

Terminate This!
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Hauter Sterile seeds help corporations build a food monopoly. There is something about standing in the m ...

Where Union Has Gone Before
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patrick O'Neill Baldemar Velasquez settles in for the long haul on behalf of cucumber pickers in the South. ...

Resisting a Bitter Harvest
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Despite anti-union violence, the United Farm Workers persevere in organizing strawberry pickers. ...

Our Daily Bread
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Judith Bortner Heffernan The business of rural America. The church must powerfully define, proclaim, and li ...