There is a growing number of Christians today who feel called to serve God THROUGH agriculture, whether that be with a small garden, homestead, or market farm. We desire to live a lifestyle of tending the land, working with our families, serving our communities with good food, and letting our gardens, homesteads, and farms shine the light of Christ to those around us.
But if you are just getting started, you may have found, like I did, that there are few agricultural resources from a Christian Worldview. In fact, because the Church often has a bad reputation regarding land stewardship, those who promote it are often anti-Christian. And it is hard to blame them.
Why aren't Christians the ones leading the way in modeling excellence in caring for and managing the earth God has entrusted us with? I feel a strong desire to see Christians equipped to be leaders in the realm of agriculture. And it isn't just about having pretty farms; we need to be bringing hope to the last, least, and lost and sharing the love of Jesus with the poor around us. If you share this same heart and want to be equipped to be part of this movement, then Redeeming the Dirt Academy offers resources and a support community to help you get started.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
I created Redeeming the Dirt Academy to help meet the biggest challenges facing Christians in agriculture today. Perhaps some of these sound familiar?
I think most of us have dealt with or are dealing with these challenges on a regular basis. It is my desire to let God use me to help serve and support others in this journey of bringing glory to God as farmers through Redeeming the Dirt Academy.
Redeeming the Dirt Academy provides video courses from a Christian Worldview in Gardening, Homesteading, Market Farming, and Christian Discipleship. Topics range from making compost and simple soil science, to homestead design and marketing options for farm businesses. Also included are pressing topics like balancing farm work and family, making disciples as farmers, and being prepared for suffering.
As the Body of Christ, we need one another. One of Redeeming the Dirt Academy's most powerful features is its built-in community that integrates into every aspect. No private Facebook required here! In addition to valuable practical information, you can hear powerful testimonies of how God is working in the lives of other Christians involved in agriculture and get encouragement, advice, and prayer in your own journey.
Because of its interactive nature, Redeeming the Dirt Academy gives you an opportunity to get input and advice on your own personal journey and challenges. This is far different from most courses which provide only content. Regular live coaching calls also provide an opportunity to get questions answered.
Anyone who loves Jesus and agriculture and who would like to join a community of people on the same journey.
I have spent and wasted countless hours and thousands of dollars in my agricultural journey by not getting good coaching and counsel. I know God can give you everything you need without being a part of this Academy. But I hope you will pray about allowing me to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made so you can have a chance to go farther faster than you would otherwise.
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ," 1 Corinthians 3:11
"Creation stewardship is a mandate for the Christian, but what does it look like? Is it chemical farming or compost farming? Is it confinement animals or pastured animals? If the earth is the Lord's, how do we as Christians assure that God gets a good return on His creation investment?
These are valid and serious questions because they speak to the practical outworking of our faith—the walk rather than the talk. Numerous Christian farmers have been wrestling with this question for some time, not purporting to have all the answers, but at least being willing to search.
One of the best is Noah Sanders. He’s young, but vigilant in the cause of Christ’s desire for land management generally and soil development specifically.
This course is a great starting point to discover what the Bible says about creation stewardship and then develop convictions about what it looks like in practical living. I hope thousands of Christians avail themselves of Noah’s heart and expertise in this journey."
Disclaimer: It is my desire to help you in your agricultural journey, but due to the uncertain nature of agriculture I cannot guarantee results. Much of what you get out of the Academy will be up to your level of commitment and participation. Realize that we can plant and water, but only God can give the increase!