Amirah and Will are farmers who grow food for the Stony Point Conference and Retreat Center in the lower Hudson River Valley. Faith in Farming is a podcast where they talk about their work with the land,their faith practices and how it all comes together.
Amirah and Will welcome their friend Roger to the podcast to reflect on his month farming with them at Stony Point Center throughout his observance of the holy month of Ramadan. They talk about fasting, not fasting, solidarity fasting, solidarity giving, water, and, of course, rocks...and much more. Ramadan solidarity giving? Here are some ideas: https://www.cgdcny.org/give and https://give.irusa.org/campaign/mpf-for-palestine/c233574.
Maggie Nowak (the farmer formerly known as Maggie Krueger) joins Amirah and Will to talk about her experiences participating in Stony Point Center's Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit Summer Institute program and her work now with Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI. Their conversation touches on the process of becoming a farmer, arguments they had in 2015 about killing groundhogs, bringing your faith tradition into a non-religious work space, rocks, racial justice, and the holy month of Ramadan...because it's Ramadan.
Amirah and Will play a little one-on-one for old times' sake. It's Ramadan and things are busy at the new farm. They share about their experiences during this holy time, new farm friends, learning with the Keesler land, and what it's like to shop for farm stuff.
Long-time Stony Point Center farmer Matt Zeltzer joins Amirah and Will to talk about the arrival of spring. Their conversation covers erratic spring weather, distinguishing between winds and breezes, songs about wind, their relationships to rocks, and much more. With Passover, Easter, and Ramadan on the horizon, Matt, Will, and Amirah share some reflections about how these holy times are connected to spring for each of them this season.
Former Summer Institute participant Leanna Mulvihill drops by Stony Point Center Farm to chat with Amirah and Will. Leanna shares about her transition from livestock farmer to grad school student, her farm-related research, what she misses (and doesn't miss about farming), and the geography of Roosevelt Island. She also talks about her experiences in Stony Point Center's Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit Summer Institute program (learn more at stonypointcenter.org/summer-institute) and the power of home-cooked meals.
Special guest Sarah Henkel joins Amirah and Will to celebrate the arrival of Amirah's niece into the world and the recent decision by Hudson River Presbytery to give land and former church buildings in Stony Point, NY to the Sweetwater Cultural Center, a project envisioned by Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation. Then they all join in a conversation about children's books: which ones thetheythey love and why and which ones don't. And in case anyone is wondering, Sarah is a member of the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, a Presbyterian pastor, a dear friend of Amirah's, and married to Will.
Drip, drip, drip...Amirah and Will are so excited about maple season. In this episode they have a conversation about all things maple at Stony Point Center: sap, syrup, ceremony, keeping the fire burning and much more.
Amirah and Will play one-on-one using the word "morning" as a theme. Their conversation touches on the joys of farming in the morning, morning prayers, how having kids changes morning routines, and mourning.
Happy New Year! In this episode Amirah and Will reflect on the holy seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (which Will is calling the "Christmas Triumvirate"). After sharing their regrets from last podcast and a quick check-in about the "one-on-one scoreboard" their conversations touches on appreciating light during Advent, experiencing Christmas as a Muslim, Christmas trees, and much more. They also provide some insight based on their recent participation in "white elephant" gift parties because it's never too early to start preparing for next Christmas. Finally, Amirah shares an epiphany she's had based on her experiences in multifaith community.
Special guest Warren Cooper joins Will for one-on-one. Warren is a musician, producer, and member of the Community of Living Traditions (the multifaith community at Stony Point Center). He and Will talk about Warren's new album "Guitars & Voices: Talking About Choices" which is available for purchase at guitarsvoiceschoices.com, Warren's creative process, and the role of music in the movement for justice. Warren asks Will about the connections between farming and parenting, Stony Point Center Farm's efforts for food justice, and what he loves about farming. Will also shares an important regret: that he didn't share the Alliance for Fair Food's Advent Reflection series during the last podcast. You can find it at allianceforfairfood.org.