Sustainability & Abundance: Lessons From Jason Adkins
What does it look like to take care of God’s green earth? And why should we care about creation? These are a couple of the questions that I have been contemplating these past couple weeks as I have been feeding chickens, running goats to graze, and working in the greenhouse with Jason Adkins (our scholar for the summer) and the people of the Trevecca Urban Farm. As a guy who spent most of his life in a city space with almost zero knowledge of how we are called to take care of creation, what a huge shock it has been to think about how much there is to be done to reconcile the suffering of creation.
You don’t have to look far, but you do have to open your eyes to see just how much destruction is being caused to this earth: pollution, overexploitation of the land and animals, and so much more. The Trevecca Urban Farm is trying to create a change that starts in the middle of Nashville and spreads throughout the world.
Sustainability vs. Replenishing
Jason doesn’t want the work he puts into the farm and greenhouse to be just sustainable, but he wants it to be replenishing to the Earth. To be sustainable would be taking one tree, but replacing it with another tree. Yet to replenish is to take one plant, and then replace it with a plant that will make ten different plants. This concept is key in what we will be wrestling with this summer at Six8, as well as how we must take care of creation, since it is our neighbor.
Our Neighbor, Creation
Most of you are familiar with Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” As Christians called to social justice, we must include environmental justice in our work. If we do all three of these things Micah communicates, yet neglect God’s creation, we are really missing a big portion of that verse. For me it is all starting to make sense of why we as Christians need to take care of the land, and this is a thought that we are going to explore much more at Six8.