Eat with us!
“He goes to the care of neighbors,
he goes into the care of neighbors.
He goes to the potluck supper, a dish
From each house for the hunger of every house.”
Wendell Berry, from “The Mad Farmer, Flying the Flag of Rough Branch, Secedes from the Union”
Organizations are admittedly clumsy and as institutions they can turn stale and be stifling. As much as Eighth Day Farm is an organization, we do our best to self-identify as a community gathered around a gracious God, enjoying his good gifts and giving thanks. Contrary to the popular division between “personal” and “work life,” we are laboring to live in a way that integrates these. We desire for friendships forged at the farm to spill over into non-farming hours. One simple we do this is through sharing meals together. Jeff and Melissa have made this a family value of theirs, gathering people from all walks around their dining room table. As they are just one thread in the fabric of Eighth Day Farm, we’ve sought venues to invite and gather broader numbers of people to our shared table. We do this most often through potlucks.
Throughout the summer please feel free to join us at Rosa Parks Green on Wednesdays at 6pm for a time of food and fellowship.
“In the Bible the food man eats, the world of which he must partake in order to live, is given to him by God, and it is given as communion with God. The world as man’s food is not something “material” and limited to material functions, thus different from, and opposed to, the specifically “spiritual” functions by which man is related to God. All that exists is God’s gift to man, and it all exists to make God known to man, to make man’s life communion with God. It is divine love made food, made life for man. God blesses everything He creates, and in biblical language, this means that He makes all creation the sign and means of His presence and wisdom, love and revelation: ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good.’”
Alexander Schmemann, from For the Life of the World