“took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15), did God establish an ideal for human activity? Was it His command to all generations? Did He design it as a law of life?
During the co-op’s urban homesteading day,
we visited one of our co-op families’ property in Ridgefield, WA. We toured their orchard and garden, and enjoyed their chickens and sheep. For being a mini-farm, it was a large and wonderful operation, though not something most city folks could do. Regardless of size and scale, would all urbanites be better off if they tended their version of a garden?
I would like to suggest the answer is “yes!”
We would all be better off. While the industrial revolution continues to mass produce for profit, leaving the earth damaged and depleted, an ancient way is still available. We can return to the earth’s rhythms and natural laws by staying in touch with nature and our source of food. This could be as simple as through an indoor tiny-garden with a couple plant pots, or through a neighborhood community garden. The paradigm shift comes when we intentionally replace activities we are accustomed to with what is truly necessary. An hour of HDTV for an hour of building up your garden, for example; or an hour of sports entertainment for an hour of garden re-creation.
The best we can do to preserve our land and ourselves is to go back to the basics. We need less technology upgrades every year, and more planting seeds and eating the harvest. May we take on the challenge of tending our own personal garden! - William Hurtado