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A Time to Plant : Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt - Kyle T. Kramer

A Time to Plant

Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt

Paperback Published: 1st January 2011
ISBN: 9781933495262
Number Of Pages: 175

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Kyle Kramer's A Time to Plant is the honest and uplifting story of his attempt to come to know God, himself, and the joys of real community through heeding the call of modern-day prophets like Wendell Berry and becoming an organic farmer.

In the spring of 2000, Kramer, an earnest and ambitious teacher at a private school in Atlanta, decided to forego a promising academic career in order to start a small farm. Buying some hardscrabble land in southern Indiana and tending it back to health, he founded Genesis Organic Farm and began to live the dream of growing organic, in-season produce for his community and crafting a self-sustaining and environmentally friendly home. However, he soon faced the tough realities of loneliness, his beginner (and outsider) status, his own mixed motives, and the need for off-farm income.

Taking a job, Kramer became a teacher at St Meinrad's, a Benedictine college and abbey, a move that proved fortuitous for his farm and his spiritual life. Kramer's account of the joys and struggles of building a home and family; coming to know a community; and cultivating a relationship with God is a meditation on hope, for a life well-lived, for fellowship and belonging, and for emotional and spiritual maturity. It is a story about having the courage to both pursue one's ideals and to re-assess those ideals when some of them are shown to be phantasms of ego. It is a deeply human story, one from which readers will draw inspiration, joy and hope.

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Coming Homep. 13
Settling Inp. 39
Loneliness and Lovep. 61
Building Homep. 79
Farming and Foodp. 103
Children at Playp. 121
Open Home, Open Heart: Hospitality and Belongingp. 133
Simplicity, Sacrifice, and the Struggle to Stay Putp. 145
Conclusion: Home-Grown Hopep. 161
Acknowledgmentsp. 171
Notesp. 175
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ISBN: 9781933495262
ISBN-10: 193349526X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 1st January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.15  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.24