Saturday, September 17th at 9:45am in Waverly
One of the parts that I enjoy about my ministry at Iowa IPL is the opportunity to hear the stories and experiences of Iowans of faith and conscience. Deep listening is climate action that allows us to learn from those who may not share the same views.
There are no shortages of stereotypes, experiences and pithy comments attributed to self-identified “farm kids.” We claim to have been taught firsthand about the circle of life, know the meaning of hard work, and have lived lives dictated by the cycles of calving, planting and harvest that are intrinsic to every farm’s operation.
Talking about the climate crisis is easy; taking action is the most difficult part. While every person experiences challenges in implementing policies or practices to support climate action goals, for people of color and low income communities, it is even more difficult.
Over the past year, I have traveled the state running our Faith Farms & Climate program with groups of farmers and faith leaders. We’ve gathered in churches over a meal to talk about how our vocation calls us to climate action. And the one question I have for faith leaders in our rural communities is this: “When’s the last time you went to a field day?” More often than not, the answer is never.
Last week, our team (Claira, Irene, and Elston) hopped in the car to get our feet in the field and visit two of Iowa’s most outspoken regenerative farmers – Denise O’Brien and Seth Watkins.