There is a term emerging around the Ramsay household that I think might become more and more commonplace over the years to come :: Urban Farming.
We are learning a lot and researching a lot right now and next to the Bible, the most read book in our house is You Can Farm by Joel Salatin. We first heard about Joel and his work while watching Food, Inc. If you have not seen this documentary, I recommend it to everyone I talk to. It documents things you might not want to know, but things you should know, about America’s industrialized food system and the devastating effects it is having on our bodies, our environment and our economy.
It was pivotal for us to put into motion some things that were already on our hearts. We’ve already met some really great people like the Hutchins family of Rehoboth Ranch , Brandon Pollard of The Texas Honeybee Guild and Tom Spicer of FM 1410. All local producers that have been gracious enough to educate us as we begin our journey in organic gardening/farming.
And in all this, there is one verse that keeps replaying in my mind “…and every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine…for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” Psalm 50:10-12. It helps me to keep perspective while simultaneously spurring me on to keep moving forward. If God, again and again throughout scripture, cares with such intimate detail about His creation – why shouldn’t I? Our culture seems very polarized on the topic – on one end worshiping the created rather than the Creator and elevating animals above their natural rank into idols. On the other end, altogether neglecting to care for the things we are called to care for. I don’t want to be caught on either end – I just want the truth. And when the truth about our food system in America is exposed, it is very ugly, very dirty and very unhealthy. Not a picture, I believe, of what God intended when he entrusted us to be fruitful and subdue the earth (Gen 1:28)
And to conclude today, here is a great pic taken from one of the local farmers that we’ve started to purchase our meat from at the Farmers Market ::
We’ll be sure to keep the process documented, complete with pictures.