Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith
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About the Author
Fred Bahnson is a permaculture gardener, a pioneer in church-supported agriculture, and an award-winning poet and essayist. He was a Kellogg Food Society policy fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the cofounder and former director of Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, North Carolina. He is the author of Soil and Sacrament (forthcoming, Free Press).
"Fred Bahnson had me at the hairy vetch and crimson clover. He bumped me off the couch and into the garden even before I could finish the book. I'm all for seekers who sit around asking, 'What does it mean to be fully alive?' But it's even better when they stop asking and start doing. Faith, it turns out, is not unlike a hand-cranked spreader. Works on all kinds of soil. Plants where you put it. Amen."--Rhoda Janzen "author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress "
"This book is profoundly, beautifully down to earth, which is almost certainly where we all need to spend more time on a planet in crisis."--Bill McKibben "author of Oil and Honey and Eaarth "
"This is a spiritual memoir with real dirt under its fingernails, as deep and gritty and rich as well-tended soil--or Holy Scripture. Fred Bahnson's vision matters, and the work he writes so beautifully and unsentimentally about has the power to change communities. An important and moving book."--Sara Miles "author of Take This Bread and City of God "
"Fred Bahnson believes that faith is expressed in the work of our hands as well as our minds and hearts, and that in community we can meet the needs of a hungry world. After reading his beautifully written book, I believe these things, too, and see new ways to put my beliefs into action. Soil and Sacrament is about new life--for ourselves, our descendants, and the earth on which we all depend. Read it, let it move you, and shelve it next to Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, and Kathleen Norris."--Parker J. Palmer "author of Healing the Heart of Democracy and A Hidden Wholeness "
"Soil and Sacrament is a journey of return toward the founding Christian fact: spiritual life is not divorced from natural life, it is natural life bowing to an extra-natural, life-giving, never-ending miracle."--David James Duncan "author of The Brothers K and The River Why "