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.
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.
February 22nd, 2019 | 54 mins 27 secs
fire, maple, sap, syrup
Drip, drip, drip...Amirah and Will are so excited about maple season. In this episode they have a conversation about all things maple at Stony Point Center: sap, syrup, ceremony, keeping the fire burning and much more.
February 16th, 2019 | 38 mins 42 secs
farming, morning, mourning, multifaith
Amirah and Will play one-on-one using the word "morning" as a theme. Their conversation touches on the joys of farming in the morning, morning prayers, how having kids changes morning routines, and mourning.
January 4th, 2019 | 59 mins 53 secs
advent, christmas, epiphany, farming, multifaith
Happy New Year! In this episode Amirah and Will reflect on the holy seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (which Will is calling the "Christmas Triumvirate"). After sharing their regrets from last podcast and a quick check-in about the "one-on-one scoreboard" their conversations touches on appreciating light during Advent, experiencing Christmas as a Muslim, Christmas trees, and much more. They also provide some insight based on their recent participation in "white elephant" gift parties because it's never too early to start preparing for next Christmas. Finally, Amirah shares an epiphany she's had based on her experiences in multifaith community.
December 17th, 2018 | 56 mins 17 secs
choices, farming, guitars, multifaith, voices
Special guest Warren Cooper joins Will for one-on-one. Warren is a musician, producer, and member of the Community of Living Traditions (the multifaith community at Stony Point Center). He and Will talk about Warren's new album "Guitars & Voices: Talking About Choices" which is available for purchase at guitarsvoiceschoices.com, Warren's creative process, and the role of music in the movement for justice. Warren asks Will about the connections between farming and parenting, Stony Point Center Farm's efforts for food justice, and what he loves about farming. Will also shares an important regret: that he didn't share the Alliance for Fair Food's Advent Reflection series during the last podcast. You can find it at allianceforfairfood.org.
December 11th, 2018 | 44 mins 39 secs
farming, multifaith, reflections
Amirah and Will are back! And so is one-on-one! In this episode they look back on their year of farming and share about their greatest accomplishments, major challenges they faced, what they are learning from the land, and the music that defined the year. And since it is the middle of Advent in the Christian tradition, Will offers some reflections on his practice this season.
September 28th, 2018 | 45 mins 1 sec
farming, multifaith, tomatoes
Amirah and Will are back to eulogize this year's tomato season on Stony Point Center Farm. They share memories from the first planting of the season, the last tomato sandwich, and everything in between including Will's favorite music to listen to while trellising tomatoes and what the tomato fields gifted to Amirah this year.
August 12th, 2018 | 43 mins 5 secs
farming, interfaith, multifaith, summer institute
Amirah is joined by Finnigan and Noam, two of this year's Summer Institute Participants. The Stony Point Center "Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit" Summer Institute is a program for young adults that integrates intentional community living and farming into a multifaith learning environment. The three of them reflect on their time spent farming this summer, share conversation about food, review their experiences interacting with agriculturally-themed sacred texts, and more.
July 21st, 2018 | 21 mins 45 secs
boycottwendys, ciw, farming, multifaith, ramapough
Amirah and Will are back (briefly) to talk about the recent Coalition of Immokalee Workers' action in New York City and their ongoing campaign to Boycott Wendy's until Wendy's signs on to the Fair Food Program. Then, they invite everyone to join them in supporting the Ramapough Lunaape Nation who are facing erroneous fines from the Town of Mahwah for gathering and praying on land that the Ramapough rightfully own. "Court Support" is on Thursday July 26 at 1pm at Mahwah Municipal Court, 475 Corporate Dr. in Mahwah, New Jersey. Wear red in solidarity. We hope to see you there!
June 30th, 2018 | 44 mins 42 secs
farming, hospitality, multifaith, summertime
Summer is here and Amirah and Will are back to talk about why summertime is "hospitality season" on the Stony Point Center Farm. They share about the groups they have welcomed into their work, reveal a few "podcast secrets," and recall encounters with a few animal friends. Then, Amirah and Will play one-on-one (20:00) and this episode's theme is summer.
June 16th, 2018 | 49 mins 8 secs
farming, israel, multifaith, palestine
Amirah plays one-on-one with Jeff Geary, who is the pastor at White Plains Presbyterian Church (where Will worships). Jeff recently traveled to Palestine and Israel where bicycled and hiked in the West Bank and Galilee. In their conversation, Amirah and Jeff share stories of how they have related to the land there and the those who inhabit it during their recent travels. We hope you enjoy their reflections!
June 15th, 2018 | 40 mins 55 secs
Amirah and Will are back with a quick check in about farming during Ramadan and an update on the new farm. Then they countdown their top 3 most troublesome insect pests and top 5 most bothersome four-legged and winged creatures they interact with in their farming. One-on-One is back, too, but it will be released as a separate episode. And to all our friends who have been observing the holy month of Ramadan: Eid Mubarak!!!
June 2nd, 2018 | 42 mins 16 secs
farming, multifaith, ramadan, weeds
Amirah starts everything off with a Ramadan reflection. Then she and Will share about the progress of getting the new farm ready to plant and a few of the gifts they have received from the new land. They wrap up with some fun updates from Stony Point Center's farm and discuss some spiritual insights they have gained from all the weeding they are doing this week. Spoiler Alert: there's no one-on-one this week.
May 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
Amirah and Will recap their recent activities at Stony Point Center's expansion farm site including the challenges that come with embracing an increased amount of mechanization and what a blessing it has been to work with an experienced mentor as the process gets underway. Then Amirah plays one-on-one with special guest Venice Williams (26:00), an amazing farmer and community leader from Milwaukee who Amirah met at the Faithlands gathering in California back in March.