During April, the COMPASS blog is sharing perspectives about environmental stewardship and being eco-friendly on a budget. Today we welcome back regular contributor Dori Zerbe Cornelsen who reflects about how “We are what we eat.”
It is early spring where I live on the Canadian prairies. There are just a few crocuses blooming in my otherwise still barren garden. It’s the time of year when I begin to yearn for colour after a long white winter.
I also yearn for fresh food greens and veggies, grown locally. One of the ways we have decided to enjoy fresh local produce in the summer is by participating in a Community Shared Agriculture project called Metanoia Farmers Worker Cooperative. We buy a half share for the two of us and get to eat whatever the land is producing that week, by the work of hands of farmers we know, from sometime in June into September.
I like that faith is part of the Metanoia Farmers’ motivation. Here is a description:
“The Metanoia Farmers Worker Cooperative is a group of CMU (Canadian Mennonite University) students and alumni, emerging as farmers motivated by our faith, who use sustainable practices to provide food to urban eaters. We grow a wide variety of only heirloom vegetables and are developing our seed saving skills to continue to be able to grow these vegetables…The Metanoia Farmers operate as a workers cooperative, practicing consensus decision-making models. We hope to foster meaningful dialogue while joyfully stewarding God’s gift of the land.”
About the Author: Dori Zerbe Cornelsen works with Mennonite Foundation of Canada encouraging and inviting generous living. She and her husband Rick live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Image Credit: Produce from Metanoia Farmers
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