Amirah and Will are farmers who grow food for the Stony Point Conference and Retreat Center in the lower Hudson River Valley. They are also both members of the Community of Living Traditions, a multifaith intentional community of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim people whose faith practices guide them to participate in movements for justice and peace. Faith in Farming is a podcast where we talk about our work with the land, our faith practices, and how it all comes together.
February 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
brooklyn demme, documentary, multifaith, ramapough lenape, split rock sweetwater prayer camp
Independent filmmaker Brooklyn Demme joins Amirah to discuss his documentary film "The Place Where People Gather" (Akuy Eenda Maawehlaang) which witnesses the Ramapough-Lenape Nation's struggle to gather as a community and pray on their own land in the face of legal & financial abuse at the hands of the township of Mahwah, NJ and a private home-owner's association called the Polo Club.
Brooklyn discusses the film's inspiration and origins; grieving the loss of his father, Jonathan, who was collaborating with him to create this film; the challenges of documentary filmmaking in activist work and in general; bringing intention and spirituality into one's work; and more.
Screenings of "The Place Where People Gather" will be held on Sunday February 16 at 2pm at the Bartow-Pell Mansion (near Pelham Bay Park), Wednesday February 19 at 2pm at the New City Library, and Saturday March 29 at 2pm at Ramapo College. The film is about half an hour long and can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/348893544/92fd6f0b8b. If you would like to contact Brooklyn to organize a screening of "The Place Where People Gather" email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 13th, 2019 | 58 mins 53 secs
christmas, creation, farming, music, warren cooper
Amirah sits down with recording artist and Community of Living Traditions member Warren Cooper to play one-on-one. In their conversation they discuss Warren's latest musical release "(Let's Bring) Christmastime 2 Creation," how Amirah experiences the Christmas season as a Muslim, work as a spiritual practice/act of worship, how the children in the Community of Living Traditions are influencing Warren's music, what farmers do during winter, and some of Warren's favorite Christmas music growing up. To support Warren's release of Christmastime 2 Creation, visit www.RadRevRecords.com and register for the "Do the Download: Save the Planet" Campaign...and actually download the record on iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify on Sunday December 15! You can also check out a message from Warren here: https://youtu.be/40dD2dEF5DQ
November 15th, 2019 | 50 mins 50 secs
end of season, farming, lettuce, multifaith, sweet corn
Amirah and Will chat about putting the fields to bed for the year and look back on the 2019 farming season. They share memories, accomplishments, and non-accomplishments related to the Keesler farm, lettuce production, sweet corn, and shiitake mushrooms. Finally, they discuss the significance of a memorable encounter with a deer and a blue heron near the creek at Keesler.
October 31st, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
farming, halloween, harvest, multifaith, windigo
Amirah and Will welcome Amirah's long-time friend and Faith in Farming's most devoted listener Ariana Thelen to the podcast for a conversation about Halloween and a couple of essays by Robin Wall Kimmerer. They explore Halloween as a religious holiday and modern-day cultural experience before reflecting on two essays in Braiding Sweetgrass: Windigo Footprints and The Honorable Harvest. Along the way, Ariana shares a great story about an encounter her father had with a Windigo.
September 19th, 2019 | 53 mins 57 secs
costa rica, eco-justice, pineapples
In this special bilingual episode, Costa Rican farmer and activist Erlinda Quesada joins Will to talk about her work fighting for eco-justice with communities throughout her home land. She outlines the circumstances that led to the expansion of industrial pineapple production in Costa Rica, her interactions with Costa Rican government officials, and how contaminated water and agro-chemicals are affecting people and land in Costa Rica. Erlinda works with the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s International Peacemaking Program. Special thanks to Karla Koll for interpreting. To learn more about the industrial pineapple industry, Erlinda and Karla recommend watching this 20-minute documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsI2HAmEFcw
September 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
ashura, equinox, farming, multifaith, parenting, ramapough lenape, sassafras, zabiha
Amirah and Will revive an old tradition and play one-on-one for the first time in a long time. Their conversation includes Amirah's recent opportunity to participate in a zabiha slaughter at Halal Pastures, Will's learnings from his now 2-year-old daughter, the influence of being in indigenous spaces on their faith practices, reflections on last year's fall equinox ceremony, and what this year's theme song should be. It's a long one...enjoy!
August 16th, 2019 | 41 mins 59 secs
eid, el paso, multifaith, tomato
Amirah and Will sit down for a conversation about their respective weeks. Amirah shares about celebrating Eid with her family in Wisconsin and gives some context for the holiday while Will reflects on the difficulty of his week while trying to process the recent shootings in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. Together they contemplate the 7 'disasters of the heart' and try to remember how many tomato sandwiches they've each eaten this season.
July 30th, 2019 | 36 mins 15 secs
cucumber, farming, harvest, multifaith, sharing, tomato
Amirah and Will take another break from the heat to have a conversation about all of the farm-related sharing that is happening in their lives: sharing harvests, sharing work, sharing recipes, sharing meals, and the gifts others have shared with them in this season.
July 19th, 2019 | 38 mins 59 secs
multifaith, pride, squash, zucchini
Amirah and Will take a break from the heat to talk about this season's bumper crop of zucchini. They share zucchini memories and reflections which leads to a discussion about feeling proud of their accomplishments and what their religious traditions have to say about pride.
June 21st, 2019 | 36 mins 1 sec
farm to table gala, salad, solstice, summer
Amirah and Will sit down for a conversation on the Summer Solstice which this year marks their transition into the harvest season. They share about what's been keeping them busy on these long days, the creatures they've encountered along the way, and a variety of delicious ways to eat salad. And they remind everyone that it's never too early to get your tickets for the Stony Point Center Farm-to-Table Gala, happening this year on Sunday September 22, at https://stonypointcenter.org/gala.
May 30th, 2019 | 59 mins 25 secs
faith, farming, ramadan, rocks, solidarity
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.
May 17th, 2019 | 53 mins 59 secs
farm the land grow the spirit, farming, groundhog, southside, summer institute
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.
May 10th, 2019 | 49 mins 28 secs
farming, ramadan, shopping
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.
April 17th, 2019 | 44 mins 24 secs
easter, faith, farming, passover, ramadan, rocks, spring, wind
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.
April 5th, 2019 | 49 mins 11 secs
faith, farming, grad school, research
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.
March 27th, 2019 | 38 mins 39 secs
children's books, community, farming, multifaith, reparations
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 they love and why and which ones they 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.