Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

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But even if we meet farmers at the farmers market, urban consumers are still largely divorced from the people who grow, pick and package our food. And we may even willfully ignore their suffering, argues Seth Holmes, a medical anthropologist and professor of health and social behavior at the University of California, Berkeley, in his […]















Jubilee is Salvation (Leviticus 25:9-10)

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The second thing I noticed (Read What Shall We Eat? for the first) in re-reading Leviticus 25 is that the Jubilee is explicitly connected to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. This is the pinnacle of the sacrificial system to which Jesus’ death and resurrection has often been […]















Denominations and Produce

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The other night I had a conversation about denominations. Some people were discussing the way they grew up understanding denominations. For example,the Baptists grew up thinking the Catholics weren’t really Christians and the Methodists barely were. Some Catholics probably grew up thinking that Protestants were all some watered down version of the real thing. The […]















The Long and Short of It

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I would like to take some time to connect some of these dots for us, then share with you about the work at the World Hunger Farm and finally ask what this means for Meadow Oaks and what God is doing in this place. … We haven’t always known quite how it was going to work out, but again and again God has been faithful to provide for us and confirmed this calling through words of encouragement and reminders that this was for real.















Happy Fall Harvest!

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Well, it’s what we slangily refer to as Turkey Day here in the continental 48. I’ve had my qualms and soapboxes on this genocidal holiday before (see my four walls circa 2004). But this year Barbara Kingsolver helped me with new lenses to look at this feast day. This is a truly American holiday. The […]