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GREEN CHALICE NEWS!

Faith Finders Sunday school children celebrated Earth Day by creating mini greenhouses on Creation Care Sunday. Seeds for growing green beans, carrots, and radishes were among the choices for planting. For the butterfly garden, each child prepared a peat pot with soil and planted marigold seeds. One of the children asked, "Are we doing science?" Yes, we were and it was fun. As they faithfully care for their little piece of earth, the seeds will produce plants that will yield healthy food for these young farmer-scientits.

This leads to thoughts on the subject of 'regenerative farming.' In the 1980s, the Rodale Institute was the first organization to begin using the term "Regenerative Agriculture'. The Institute's 2014 white paper titled 'Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change' states, "Simply put, we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emmissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term 'regenerative organic agriculture.'" The agricultural practices described are crop rotation, compost application, and reduced tillage, very similar to most organic agriculture.

Regeneration International is a global regenerative agriculture advocacy group directed by some of the leading voices on the subject.

Eric Toensmeier, prolific permaculture designer and researcher, is the author of a groundbreaking and phenomenally well-research book, The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Mitigation and Food Security (Chelsea Green, 2016). In this text, Toensmeier outlines the fact that agriculture, as practiced conventionally, is a massive contributor to climate change. And yet regenerative practices hold the potential to sequester massive amounts of CO2 into the soil, all while providing adaptive solutions that will be much more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Little do our Faith Finders know that they are regenerative farmers because they used fresh, composted soil, organic seeds, and will conserve water with their tiny greenhouses. Let's pray they will grow up understanding that by taking care of the earth we take care of all God's creatures.