Friday, August 14, 2009

Possible redirections

I just moved onto the farm near Oxnard, CA where four other women and I will be living and working for the next 11 months or so. We set up a blog today about the farm project, which will be a forum for each of us to regularly reflect and update our communities about this experience.
The URL is

Another site to check out is, which "Farmer Paul" set up. We'll be working with him to convert part of his acreage to organic, community supported agriculture (CSA).

I'm not sure whether or not I'll post updates on this blog. In some ways, it could be helpful, challenging, and fun to write for the "blog-o-sphere," but in other ways I get uncomfortable directing my writing through blogging. So there may be updates here, but if not, then check out the farmhouse community's blog. I think it'll offer a diverse perspective on our farming experience(s).

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer in pictures

Events of the summer:
1. We graduated from Wheaton!

2. Said goodbye to dear friends.

3. And said hello to newer ones. (A visit to Glory at her Ozark home. I met her in the Philippines on HNGR.)

4. Returned home to dry CA, Sierra Nevada peaks, deer, the occasional rattle snake, and all the benefits of hidden Merced River swimming holes nearby. (My brother and I swinging over the water).

5. Biked for 4 days with a wonderful old roommate, Amy, to our friends', Pamela and Michael's, wedding in Oregon.

5. Met up with my family to see some plays at the OR Shakespeare Festival and a visit to Crater Lake.

6. Work!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A poem by one of my favorites

Poetry will save me.
I feel uneasy saying this, since only Jesus
is Saviour, as a man inscribed
(of his own free will)
on the back of the souvenir crucifix he brought home
from a pilgrimage to Congonhas.
Nevertheless, I repeat: Poetry will save me.
It's through poetry that I understand the passion
He had for us, dying on the cross.
Poetry will save me, as the purple of flowers
spilling over the fence
absolves the girl her ugly body.
In poetry the Virgin and the saints approve
my apocryphal way of understanding words
by their reverse, my decoding the town crier's message
by means of his hands and eyes.
Poetry will save me. I won't tell this to the four winds,
because I'm frightened of experts, excommunication,
afraid of shocking the fainthearted. But not of God.
What is poetry, if not His face touched by the brutality of things?

-Adelia Prado, from "Alphabet in the Park"

The Abundant Table Farm Project

Hi friends and family. Thought I'd let you know what I'm going to be doing this next year, after swim lesson season is over at the local pool (yay, I have a job skill!) Along with a good friend and roommate, Sarah, I'll be joining the Abundant Table Farm Project in August. I took the following blurb from some info they sent us...

The Abundant Farm Table Project

Internship Information

Our Vision:

The Abundant Table Farm Project is a young adult Christian community seeking a contemporary rhythm of life with a land based ministry in Ventura County. The goal of this internship is to connect with young adults who are attuned to the destructive disconnect between land and table in our culture.
The Abundant Table Farm Project seeks to provide an alternative model of living for young adults interested in vocational discernment around spirituality, community, and stewardship of Creation. ATFP hopes to create a space where young adults can negotiate what it means to live out the gospel message within the local community and the broader church, in our current context of human beings alienated from each other and the earth.
This project will equip young adults with practical and spiritual skills for creating sustainable community and agriculture. ATFP participants will leave our program with first-hand knowledge of issues related to the above mentioned disconnect–including environmental sustainability; organic, small scale agriculture vs. industrial agribusiness; community health and access to unprocessed foods, especially as it relates to disadvantaged communities; immigration and labor issues–and a passion to work for justice around these issues.

Our Structure:
The Abundant Table Farm Project will be an 11 month long intensive internship (August to June). Six young adult interns will live together in intentional community in a three bedroom farm house on a 40 acre working farm owned by DeBusschere Farms. The farm house will house the interns and be the center of a worship-based ministry.
In the first year, interns will work with farmer Paul DeBusschere to convert five of the 40 acres, to organic, sustainable farming, with a five year goal of converting all 40 acres. With help from local farmers and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organizers, interns will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of the harvest using a CSA model . We will also place two of the interns in part-time internships with local organizations that work for social justice in the community.
Interns will engage in important activities that provide critical reflection on the work they are doing and build intentional community. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to: weekly community dinners, Sunday evening house worship with local college students, meeting with program coordinator on a consistent basis, four retreats a year, service learning opportunities, and community reflection times.

Internship begins August/September 2009 and runs through June/July 2010

Check it out:

Does this sound AWESOME or what? I am very excited. If we feel itchy for bloggin on the farm, then maybe it's time for a blog name change. Friend Michael recommended the "Organic Intellectuals." haha. suggestions?