Thank You for Our Food

Potato seeds were stored over winter in the cellar. Then we planted each potato with intention, placing it with the sprouts pointing upwards as you would a bulb.

Planting with intention
Planting with intention

We did our very best at this work. And now, we hand over control. It is no longer in our power to control the weather, plant growth or the size of the potato crop, that will lay hidden underground until harvest.

But we can pause to give thanks and ask that the crop be protected. On April 27th, a service will be held in the valley’s chapel. It is a special time when villagers come together to ask for a good harvest and that God bless their work and give them a good year, and good weather.

Village chapel in Gyimes overlooking the valley
Village chapel in Gyimes overlooking the valley

On August 6th, the chapel will be open again for a second service, this time to be thankful for the hay and wheat harvests and to pray for the vegetables still growing in the garden.

We give thanks for this miracle of new life, of spring, of nurturing, of Mother Earth who provides, of food and farming.

Cow with calf
Cow with calf

Published by Kaytlyn Creutzberg, BSc, NSch, MA

#SayItLikeItIs: In her two years of graduate work (2016-2018), Kaytlyn learned the art of bearing witness to an unheard collection of stories about human dignity. She first explored how she could apply a spiritual care therapeutic model to how farmers relate to their land. Realizing a greater cultural narrative was implicated, she then studied the impact of collective memory on cultural narratives and the pervasive "don't care" attitudinal construct towards Earth and Her landscapes. (formerly Gayl)

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