Guest Post: Why I Choose to Support and Participate in Local, Creation-Honoring, Sustainable Agriculture

When I started this blog, I intended for it to focus heavily on our progress in farming and real food.  But reality is that although we are making progress, I don’t always have the time to write about it.  Hence, pictures of my beautiful children.

Chris is as busy, if not busier, than I am between his job, commute, and taking care of the chickens, garden, and yard.  However, he has had a bit of a lull in the winter months and he was able to do some writing.

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Polyface Farm Tour, June 2015

For those of you who know us, you know that I am more quick to come to a conclusion, whereas Chris takes his time and thinks through something before he makes up his mind.  I am so thankful for that quality in him.

In all of his thinking and working and doing, he came up with this list of reasons why we “support and participate in local, creation-honoring, sustainable agriculture,” and I think it is absolutely worth sharing.  I’m so thankful for my guy!


“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real health, good morals and happiness.”  – Thomas Jefferson

A society that does not have the freedom to produce, or that does not produce, is not a free society.

Local agriculture strengthens the local economy.

Local agriculture creates transparency between farmer and consumer and allows for free market regulation thereby eliminating the need for government regulations that are improperly scaled and a burden to small producers.

Consumers have the option to know where their food is being produced, the quality of the food, and the quality of the practices used in production of the food.

Local agriculture builds strong producer-consumer relationships, promotes community stewardship, and educates both young and old about the importance of quality food production systems.

Creation-honoring agriculture respects God’s perfect design of natural systems to produce healthy food that comes from healthy plants and animals without negatively affecting the environment.

Creation-honoring agriculture stewards the natural order to optimize resources and reduce waste, thereby eliminating the need for synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, scalable industrial processes, and unnecessary government-prescribed “best management practices.”

Sustainable agriculture considers the long term effects of a production model on the land, the consumers, and the next generation of farmers.

Sustainable agriculture values food quality over food quantity.


I would love to hear your thoughts on this list!

And be looking for more guest posts from the man of the house.

 


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