The Farmer Comes First
Baha’i teachings place agriculture first. This month Dr. Reza Kazemi will discuss the Dunnville Community Farm, a local initiative to make organic vegetables available to Dunnville residents year round. He will show how we can all get involved in this sustainable agriculture initiative.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Reza Kazemi
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Garfield Disher Room,
Haldimand Public Library
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Haldimand’s local media representative, Betty Frost, wrote the following letter to the editor about our monthly public meeting.
To the Editor
We are very pleased to let you know that Dr. Reza Kazemi will be speaking at our next meeting - Wednesday, November 10th at 8:00 p.m. in the Garfield Disher Room of Dunnville’s Library.
It will come as no surprise that he will be talking about the wonderful work he and his compatriots are doing to create a world where all people have access to nutritious, environmentally sustainable and fairly traded food. As one step in achieving this goal, a farm has been established with the mission of producing such food. Many people are already enjoying fresh vegetables and fruit on a regular basis from its produce.
The goal is not only to produce food but to promote pathways to maintaining a healthy and vibrant body, mind and spirit.
The Haldimand Baha’i community is happy to sponsor this talk as it conforms to teachings in the Baha’i Faith that "Special regard must be paid to agriculture". The Founder of the Faith characterized it as an activity which is "conducive to the advancement of mankind and to the reconstruction of the world." It has also been asserted that "The fundamental basis of the community is agriculture", and that should an individual "become proficient in this field, he will become a means of providing for the comfort of untold numbers of people."
It is especially gratifying to see some of the spiritual goals set forth in Dr. Kazemi’s "dream" - to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and to promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We could not be more ‘in sync" with such ideals.
We are eagerly looking forward to hearing his presentation and hope that many of you will join us.
Haldimand Baha’i Community
I'm converting my backyard I Phoenix, Arizona into a farm complete with gardens and chickens. Urban farming is a growing trend that people feel compelled to pursue in the face of what seems to be certain disruption in our food supply system due to global climate change. As a Baha'i, my religion teaches me to expect change, so it is much easier for me to take the I initiative to make such a fundamental change to my previous lifestyle. I'm recommending millet and amaranth as sustainable crops that grow well in adverse circumstances. And they taste good!
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