How does your garden grow?
|by Kristine Steakley|
According to this article in the New York Times, that question is on the minds of more and more religious folk these days. Organic farming methods, humane treatment of animals, and fair wages for workers top the list of concerns.
On organic farming:
“Ten years ago most of my farm visitors were earth muffin tree-hugger nirvana cosmic worshipers,” Mr. Salatin said. “And now 80 percent of them are Christian home schoolers.”
On humane treatment of animals:
...[Myron and Catherine Horst] put their chickens out to pasture during the day, gather the eggs by hand, and move them back to shelters at night. It is far more work then keeping them cooped up or caged, but for the Horsts the Bible’s promise of dominion “over every living thing” entails responsibilities as well as rights.
And on fair wages for workers:
Roy Brubaker, a Mennonite who grows strawberries, blueberries and vegetables on his 20-acre farm near Mifflintown, Pa., said: “My faith tells me that workers should be fairly paid. I have never paid the minimum wage. That is not the biblical standard for a living wage.”