Cry of the Earth
Provided by Sr. Janet Burkhart
Photo by Eileen Mohr, HM Covenant Companion
In the words of our former farmer, biblical theology dictates that we must fulfill the laws of partnership (allowing the natural cycles of crops to take place – birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay so that plants return to soil naturally); redistribution (for Sabbath mow green growth in late August and let it decompose); and fallowing of land (till land and plant a cover crop to grow, then till that cover crop into soil the following year for soil enrichment). We care for our land in these ways, and as we have mentioned earlier, our produce is organic. Our present farmer continues that tradition of knowing that there is a fundamental relationship with land and all who dwell upon it.
Another way in which we choose to be in relationship with our land, is having an Audubon Sanctuary for Birds [and other animals, trees, and living beings]. The sanctuary is part of our sacred wetlands area, (Wetlands are ‘kidneys’ of Earth).
All of these ways of acknowledging and reverencing our sacred land allows a great biodiversity of living beings, including rare ones, to dwell here.
What can we each do? Get to know land near you. An indigenous woman once told me that if we want to know about their Native American nation, “Look at our Land”. And beyond looking, use all of your senses, and include any emotions, intuitions and feelings of awe and wonder.
As Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi) in her book Braiding Sweetgrass, asks: “What does Earth ask of us?” to which she answers: “Reciprocity. To meet our responsibilities of caring for Earth, and to give our gifts and our thanks.“