These folks have been inspirational to us:
Their mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. There is nothing quite like their annual conference. Nowhere else do you find such a vibrant group of people who connect the dots between their orthodox Christian faith and our calling to do justice.
A source of inspiration for Eighth Day Farm’s founders for almost 20 years. Tim Keller has a gift for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and contextually, and is one of the rare evangelical voices not afraid to talk social justice.
An innovative community putting into practice some of the most basic (yet revolutionary) teachings of Jesus in a neighborhood in Philadelphia. If you are unfamiliar with them, look them up.
Switching to Agriculture now. Ecology Action is the baby of John Jeavons and the home of a 40 year research project on bio-intensive farming. Why should you care? Because almost no one else out there has focused on the questions we should be asking ourselves about agriculture. Questions like: how do we feed a growing population without depleting or soils? What is truly sustainable?
The Land Institute would be another example of people getting together and asking the right questions around agriculture and culture. Pioneered by Wes Jackson (best buds with Wendell Berry), the Land Institute is committed to researching and developing perennial grain crops. This breakthrough would revolutionize agriculture and be the basis for a regenerative agriculture the world desperately needs.
Many of you who have been around Eighth Day Farm are familiar with Gary. Gary is friend and former employee of the farm. What many of you may not know is that Gary is also a very gifted writer, and many of his themes overlap with the spirit of Eighth Day Farm. Enjoy!