Blog Post: Term 4, Week 8, 2018
Christian Permaculture – discovering what permaculture can really offer by starting with the heart of God.
I was recently reading an article about Christian Permaculture. The author of the article, Noah Sanders, explained that he had been reading a book called Gaia’s Garden. As Noah read the book, he was amazed that you could take simple principles from God’s design in creation and create a garden of beauty, resilience and efficiency. Noah was so distressed by the lack of acknowledgement of God’s wisdom in design in the book, that he edited the book as he read it. He changed the title to ‘God’s Garden’, and he changed references such as, ‘billions of years of evolution’ to ‘of God’s design’. In his article, Noah points out the subtleties in books and encourages Christians to reclaim permaculture for Jesus by taking ownership of the principles of God’s design so that we can become students of excellent land stewardship that give God the glory of the wisdom of permaculture. He reminds us that in 1 Corinthians 10:5 Paul says: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
There are three ethics to permaculture: earth care, people care and fair share. These ethics can easily be explored through the light of the gospel and by starting with the heart of God. In 2019, our school will launch its first Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in two of our junior classes. Miss Yeo and I have completed our training and we are passionate about teaching pleasurable food education to our students through the lens of Christian Permaculture. Prep-Year 6 students will all benefit from the program as we join together on some occasions to celebrate healthy food choices. Our new Head of Junior School, Mrs Catherine O’Doherty, has already registered us for the Big Vegie Crunch in 2019. Miss Yeo and I are looking forward to the learning journey that we will be going on with our students next year, as we learn to look through the lens of Christian Permaculture while exploring cross curriculum concepts through the Kitchen Garden Program.
We invite volunteers to join us on this journey.