To everyone who experiences farming, gardening and land work as a “calling”, we hope that these offerings will help you in your own explorations of this time-honored vocation. Working on the land requires the development of special skills and capacities that include a strong, heartfelt relationship to the natural world. As our more instinctive and traditional connections to our soils, plants, and animals fade away and industrial agricultural methods impact our environment, we are given an opportunity and a challenge: can we rediscover a more intimate, conscious and respectful relationship to planet Earth and all her creatures? Can our farming and gardening methods give back as well as take from Nature? Can we organize our work such that the economics of our enterprises sustain us while also broadening our awareness of the whole?
A vocation is more than a job. It implies an occupation as being particularly worthy and requiring great dedication. Farming is such a vocation. We hope these offerings are a beginning towards restoring agriculture as a foundational impulse for our own health and for the well being of our planet and our communities.