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Faith-Based Farming

Joel explores how his spiritual principles inform his stewardship of animals, plants, and the land.

| June/July 2019

Photo by Adobe Stock/jbphotographylt

Too often in environmentally themed discussions, spiritual reasons for building compost piles and pond dams get lost in practical how-to. Our temptation is to get excited about the how, and that’s all well and good. But if we plan to leave a legacy that inspires people to continue building compost piles and pond dams, we need to talk about the why.

Some business consultants use a questioning technique called “5 Whys.” The idea is that you have to ask “Why?” five times before you can get to the real heart of an issue. So, just for fun, let’s do a round about compost piles.

Question 1: Why build a compost pile?

Answer: To decompose biomass quickly and completely.

Question 2: Why decompose biomass quickly and completely?

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