Farming as a Spiritual Discipline

We need practices that help us embody the kinds of virtues to which Christ calls us.  Farming is one hands-on practice through which we can gain these virtues because farming calls us to recognize our limits and our most basic dependence on God.

Today, be a farmer.  You don’t have to have fifty acres or even one.  Instead, commit to growing one plant for food and nurturing it until it flourishes and fruits.  Pumpkins and winter squash are an excellent choice for most parts of the country at this time of year.

If you would like to see more reflections on how we can learn Christian virtues from farming, my small book Farming as a Spiritual Discipline is free for Kindle today!

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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