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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 6th Friday

Eat local and native. Choosing foods grown close to home and in-season means fewer miles and less disruption of natural cycles

Buying directly from local farmers provides an opportunity of carbon footprint reduction in several ways. First minimal to no packaging is used.  Shopping for locally grown food means far less transportation and fuel consumption. This market approach also reduces greatly the energy used for processing and storing of food.

Farmer’s markets have grown in popularity as they provide a shopping experience where the focus of food is on quality and farming practices. Shopping in this way  can ensure that farmers can make a living off sustainably grown food.

A step removed from the farmer’s market experience, is community supported agriculture or CSA. Though it can vary in practice from farm to farm, the overall concept is that patrons support a farm through the growing season in a form a membership and the farm provides its produce to the members. It’s a shared risk/reward approach that affords a farm greater financial stability from year to year.

1 Job 13:13-19 


Job 13

13Be silent! Let me alone that I may speak,no matter what happens to me.14I will carry my flesh between my teeth,and take my life in my hand.15Slay me though he might, I will wait for him;I will defend my conduct before him.16This shall be my salvation:no impious man can come into his presence.17Pay close attention to my speech,give my statement a hearing.18Behold, I have prepared my case,I know that I am in the right.19If anyone can make a case against me,then I shall be silent and expire.

Philippians 1:21-30 


Philippians 1

21For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. 22If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. 23I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, [for] that is far better. 24Yet that I remain [in] the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. 25And this I know with confidence, that I shall remain and continue in the service of all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26so that your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound on account of me when I come to you again.27Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear news of you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind struggling together for the faith of the gospel, 28not intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is proof to them of destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29For to you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him. 30Yours is the same struggle as you saw in me and now hear about me.

Psalm 31:9-16 


Psalms 31

9You will not abandon me into enemy hands,but will set my feet in a free and open space.10Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress;affliction is wearing down my eyes,my throat and my insides.11My life is worn out by sorrow,and my years by sighing.My strength fails in my affliction;my bones are wearing down.12To all my foes I am a thing of scorn,and especially to my neighborsa horror to my friends.When they see me in public,they quickly shy away.13I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead;I am like a worn-out tool.14I hear the whispers of the crowd;terrors are all around me.They conspire together against me;they plot to take my life.15But I trust in you, LORD;I say, “You are my God.”16My destiny is in your hands;rescue me from my enemies,from the hands of my pursuers.



Today’s photo courtesy of  Shelley Pauls on Unsplash

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