So God Made an Organic Farmer

And on the Eighth day, after she had rested,
God remembered to make someone
To truly care for her creation.

So God made an organic farmer.

She shaped the living soil, and sculpted it with love
Then blew spirit and life into her body
To give her strength and perseverance
And love for the land.
And she was fertile and productive.
From her hands she created more
Organic farmers in many colors and of all sexes
And in every country of the world.
She breathed life
Into each of their souls to give them
Strength and perseverance and
Love for the land
Because she knew that
Not only will they have to
Wake up early
And go to bed late and bone tired every night,
But they would have to welcome fragile new life
And bury the dead with the same tenderness.
They would have to deal with whatever weather
May come or not come
Plant the seeds, manage the weeds,
Harvest the crops,
Care for the trees,
And feed the children and the hungry
Before they take care of their own needs.

And they will have to do it all
While people laugh and politicians abandon them
While others enslave them and rape them and steal
Their labor and food for their own riches and glory.

And God spoke:

Beware
There are those who call themselves farmers
Who destroy my precious living soil
Who pollute my waters
And fall prey to the false words
Of those promising to make their lives easier
And richer
For less work.
And in the bottomless pit of their craving for more
Will cause animals to suffer greatly, and destroy my fertility
And make children sick and sad
Out of ignorance and greed.
Forgive them anyway
For they know not what they do.
They are part of my flock
Who have gone astray.
But you, organic farmer,
Must not give up.
You will find them
And bring them home safely,
Because to you I have given
The wisdom of my secrets
That I am alive
And fragile
And desiring of your love
And protection.

You will see my happiness and joy
In each butterfly and bee,
Each blossom and autumn bounty,
Each clear and beautiful sky,
Each healthy laughing child who runs barefoot in my garden
And eats straight from my hands.
Organic farmer,
With your care
I am healed and happy
And in return
Will protect you and provide for you
Till the end of my days…”

So in the lonely dawn light
Organic farmers wake up each day
And begin again
To grow, to protect, to nurture, to heal,
To love the animals and respect the soil,
To feed the birds and the children and the hungry with
Safe and healthy food
And to help other organic farmers
And share their bounty with family and friends
So that the number of organic farmers
Can be fruitful
And multiply
With the knowledge that God is everywhere
And in everything, not to be dominated
And controlled
And destroyed
But to be loved
And only loved.

Which is why
God made an organic farmer
In the first place.

 

 

Organic farmers, please send us your photos (and permission to use them!) and we will make a commercial for the EARTH! Send photos to: maria@rodale.com

 

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35 Responses to So God Made an Organic Farmer

  1. Bonnie February 11, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Wonderful magazine “Organic Farmer” which I began reading many many years ago gave the instructions I needed. (Although I do not read the current issues.)

    Also a fan of the many Rodale books.

  2. Scott Edward Anderson February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Wonderful response, Maria. Could be the voice-over for your organic farmer commercial.

  3. tina February 11, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Amen!

  4. Tom Newmark February 11, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Graceful, elegant, and affirming to all who embrace the organic way. As we’d say at our organic farm in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida!”

  5. Barbara February 11, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Beautiful, powerful, healing words. Thank you.

  6. Ren Wilson February 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    From deep in my heart, I, myself, am Grateful. I will be sharing this with a fledgling group, down here in SW Missouri.
    When the POET speaks, may we all have hearts and ears to LISTEN and HEAR!!

    Deeply grateful, Ren Wilson, on behalf of Home Grown Missouri, (only now just pushing up out of the soil).

  7. Andrea February 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful, Maria!! Touched me to the heart!! Thank you so much for sharing this gift with us!!

    –Andrea
    XOXOXO

  8. Hans February 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    A farmer is a farmer, they all work hard to feed us. Everyone knows that non organic farmers work hard too. Some of my best friends are non-organic farmers, and if you claim they do that to take it easy, I challenge you to go along and do what they do for one month. I think you would change your tune.

  9. Donna in Delaware February 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Simply and elegantly said! Touche!

  10. FarmerGreen February 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Used to love Organic Gardening growing up. Unfortunately todays Big Organic never misses an opportunity to disparage other farmers. Yes, I will farm organically, resorting to vonventional if needed. But count me out of thr injustice of labeling hard working farmers who are not certified organic.as no damn good. You make us bleed, Maria

  11. maria (farm country kitchen) February 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Dear FarmerGreen and Hans, I’m sorry if I hurt or offended you. I do know how hard it is and appreciate all you do….there is no easy life for any farmer! Organic or not! But this is the poem that came out and the message that needs to be said, I believe.

    And thanks to everyone else for your kind words! I felt when I wrote this that it was one of the most important things I will ever write.

  12. Donna in Delaware February 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    There are some things that are conventionally grown that I still eat. When I cannot find the organic version, I ask the farmer what kind of growing methods he uses and if he uses pesticides/herbicides. He and/or she generally will let you know when you ask. I have a very good relationship with the conventional farmers that I buy from. They are great people, and I know that Maria understands this and have no ill will towards those who toil from sunup ’til sundown to provide for their families, their communities and all of us.

  13. OrganicFarmer February 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    You lost my support as well Maria. I won’t be renewing your magazine anymore. You claim you grew up on a farm. Next time your actually in the country (if ever), stop by and tell a farmer that he’s a damn disgrace and see how he likes it. He’ll probably just rank you with the others that turn their noses at the gas station when he walks in with “dirty” clothes on. I think you’ve been in the city too long, you obviously don’t have any farmer blood in you or you wouldn’t put another farmer down. From now on, to me your just another city slicker.

  14. maria (farm country kitchen) February 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I didn’t say non-organic farmers were a disgrace. And I did not put them down. I think they are just lost. Maybe even trapped. My heart goes out to them. To all farmers.

    And I did grow up on first organic farm in America. Learned to drive a tractor when I was 14. Worked all day on the farm in the summers starting when I was 13. Still have dirt under my nails most of the time, too (although I only live in the country, not a farm). My freezer is full of my own home-grown foods.

    Sometimes the truth doesn’t feel too good. Doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be told.

  15. OrganicFarmer February 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Sorry if I offended you Maria, I should have just criticized your writing. Your writing is offensive to me, as it is to a few others who found it. When some of your best friends have lived their whole lives as farmers, and you’ve watched them live and die, you take offense to things that put them down. To me this writing definitely puts them down, and I don’t think that’s the answer to anything. This writing seemed pretty plain and clear to me.

    First off, you say “call themselves farmers” (meaning unless you are an organic farmer, you apparently aren’t a farmer).

    Then you go on to say “And in the bottomless pit of their craving for more
    Will cause animals to suffer greatly, and destroy my fertility
    And make children sick and sad
    Out of ignorance and greed. (This basically says that unless you are an organic farmer, you are a damn disgrace, polluting and being cruel to animals, making kids sick and not giving a care.)

  16. Bill February 13, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I did not read this poem as an indictment of all conventional farmers.
    Your words
    There are those who call themselves farmers
    Who destroy my precious living soil
    Who pollute my waters…

    leaves open the likelihood that there are those who call themselves farmers who do not do these things.
    The images that came to my mind were of industrial farms with corporate or absentee landowners.
    In any event, I’m sure we can celebrate our kinship with all farmers, organic or not, while still challenging the destructive practices of industrial agriculture.

  17. Betty February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    I did not read your poem. I was stopped by your reference to God as a woman, as a She.
    In the Bible, patterns of reference to God are in masculine titles, as He. God chose to reveal Himself in male form; It states He created man in His own Image; does not say women in his image. Jesus calls God, the Father; that’s good for me.

  18. Debbie Zimmerman February 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    And now, Maria, you have been initiated as a true poet and artist, and must accept all that being such an artist entails, which unfortunately includes the scorn, wrath, and personal attacks of those who cannot or will not see the art of your writing and instead want to argue with it as though it is journalism. I applaud you! and look forward to reading more of your poems. And here is some food for thought: “Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.” ~Jean Cocteau

  19. Jim Roberts February 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Dear Maria,
    You are a gutsey powerhouse delivering what they call “tough love” (in the behavior business) and this is writing with your habitual integrity, sharp focus (you had it in your Mothers milk and your Father’s passion) and haven’t let anyone down that I know of (including industrial farmers). Love the poem, which brings a new economy to your great work.
    Jim

  20. maria (farm country kitchen) February 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    God bless you Debbie Zimmerman and thank you so much Jim Roberts and everyone else who has expressed themselves here. I am so grateful to all of you.

  21. Barbara February 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    God bless ALL farmers, and awaken those who use harmful practices to a better and safer way and give them the courage to change. And God bless the writer who is so moved to write a heart-felt poem that espouses this better/safer way and put it out for all to read. It needs to be said often and in many different ways until it is understood by all. Thank you Maria.

  22. Jeff Ferris February 14, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    There are many who are seeing trees without seeing the forest. It is about the soil, and the soul. If you are killing your soil, you are killing your farm. It is not about your effort, or how early you get up or how long your day is. Kill you soil, you are killing your farm.

  23. Carol February 14, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    This writing is an offense to the real living God, who made this world and all in it through and by His Son, Jesus Christ.

    I grow my garden organically because I enjoy it, but this essay almost makes me want to quit that, it is disgusting. Please keep your goddess worship out of our faces and go back to teaching people about how to build healthy soil.

  24. Sheryl February 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Amen! to Carol’s comment.

    We are “conventional” farmers, and I don’t think we are “mining” the soil. We make every effort to practice conservation tillage, use the least amount of herbicides/pesticides that will do the job and produce a marketable crop. Much of what we grow goes overseas to feed other countries. Ask them if they want us to quit farming as we are.

  25. Gloria February 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Maria, you have turned a beautiful tribute to all farmers televised during the Superbowl into a “downer.”

  26. Bob February 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Brava Maria! The truth hurts. They know not what they do!
    All of you who have taken offense at the poem are missing the
    point. Maria is trying to save lives, not condemn them.
    Look up how many conventional, (mass produced) farmers are
    still alive, or not sick and dying from exposure to that BS.
    It’s always about money and greed. Big oil, Big Pharma and the FDA do not care about us. I would bet that the mega rich owners of these companies aren’t eating the crap they’re shoveling! Where are you going to go when your beach house
    is under water? Poison is poison. Keep yours away from me/us.

  27. Tammy February 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I can’t remember the last time I actually took the time to read and digest a poem. They generally just aren’t my thing. I want to comment that whether anyone agrees 100% with all of the details, including whether God is male or female or exists at all, this poem is excellent! If a reader wants to waste their energy tearing it apart, they missed the beauty of it. I am not sure exactly where I stand on the politics of the issues, but I appreciate the poem! Thank you!

  28. Kay Wilson February 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Watching that commercial I thought about those huge farms that Monsanto governs…..or at least owns all the seed. Really scary that they have so much control. “Food Inc.” exposed so many terrible things happening to our food supply.

    We have had our for over 30 years, have wholesome healthy veggies & fruit, all organically grown.

    Sweet poem, Maria.

  29. Anna February 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This poem is the way back “home”. It’s time to go home…. and stop the madness taken by a run away train called “Big Business” hand in hand with irresponsible technology and psuedo science.

  30. Alice Green February 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Thank you, Maria, your poem touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Monsanto and their ‘kind’ have put many good farmers out of business, destroying their lives and their land. If I couldn’t buy/eat organic food I would be sick most of the time, and only years from now will we finally know the damage done to our children from eating GMO’s all their lives. Please don’t let those who don’t understand the meaning of your poem stop you from writing. You have a good heart and a sensitive soul and we all need to hear your/our truth being told in such a touching, gentle way. Thank you!

  31. Debora Dupre February 15, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Because I am totally committed to the God of the Bible, and you dare to call Him a female, I want to be removed from your mailing list!

  32. Chris Lewis February 15, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Some commentators are overreacting. Just substitute “He” for “She” and call it a day. It’s not blasphemous if you don’t preach it, but write a poem aout it. Last time I checked, Jesus didn’t preach fanaticism, but rather, tolerance. If Maria’s husband had written it using “he” you would be gushing with pride. Enough said!

  33. Jodi Pollock February 17, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Maria, I love your poem. I am continually amazed at your ability to communicate in different ways. How lucky you are, to have matched your talent and passion. How lucky are we, that you continue to share with us. Thank you.

  34. John Taylor March 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Dear Maria,

    With all due respect God is a man not a woman. If you clearly read your Bible you will see God refered to as HE not she. As many farmers as well as many Americans are good God fearing Christians, please do not insult us by trying to my the real God into some femine view of what you would like God to be.

  35. Willibrordus A. van der Weide August 10, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    The name of God who you should give Glory is Jehovah. Rodale is a good example as institute for me and Mr. LaSalle ( CEO ) we meet in Turkish Cyprus Conference Organic in 2009. We gave him an AWAKE and nobody at that Conference have one single word to God…only we.

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