I loved Jesus, and I cared about food issues. I saw food as a natural connection between discipleship and the stewardship of Creation. But too often I felt like a lonely Christian in (mostly secular) food systems advocacy. And I felt like a weird person in my church, where we provided food for the poor, but didn’t always consider the ecological implications of our charitable food choices.
I remember pushing the “Print to PDF” button on the first version of the guide in March 2015 and wondering: does anybody else care about this stuff? I guess I’ll find out!
But I wasn’t just lonely and weird; I was also hungry. Hungry for information. I felt called by God to start a farm-based ministry. There was one major problem: I didn’t know what I was doing. Making the first version of the guide convinced me of a few things: I wasn’t alone; God was calling other people to this work; we needed to find each other.
That’s still the spirit in which I offer this site. I’ve learned so much just looking at other people’s websites and learning about their ministries. That’s how I figured out I could start a farm-based ministry with a farmer (because, despite this call, God had not made me to be a farmer).
At Plainsong Farm, we incorporated charitable food into our ministry from the beginning. We learned about it through the guide. Now, we’re looking at adding educational programs and worship. Where am I going for inspiration? The websites of the other farms listed in the directory.
I hope this site helps you as much as it helps me. Most of all, I hope it helps us glorify God together, and tend the world He made.