"clarity, texture, grace, and joy"
The above photos show the growth nine and ten weeks after planting heirloom wheat varieties called Sonora, Bolero and Red Fife at The Bishop’s Ranch. This grain will be harvested and milled this summer and sold to churches as flour to bake their communion bread, thus becoming the first Episcopal Grain CSA (community supported agriculture) in the country.
Visiting the field with my son was humbling, knowing that we're growing food that symbolizes 'the bread of life.' The connections run deep; from the soil to the people who prepared the field, to the seeds, and the people who sowed them, to the growing plants, to the people who will harvest, clean, and mill the grain, to the many hundreds of people who will bless and break bread together in the name of Abundant Life.
As Robert Kennedy Jr. remarked, "God talks to human beings through many vectors, but nowhere with such clarity, texture, grace, and joy as through a growing field of wheat." Amen.