Farming God’s Way

We teach scripture, plant a biblical vision, & encourage practical action
  • Farming God’s Way is a biblically-based approach to conservation agriculture.
  • It combines agricultural stewardship principles from God’s Word with hands-on practices that heal the land and improve crop productivity.
  • It’s goal is to disciple farmers, transforming them both spiritually and practically, so they become excellent stewards of their land.
  • The results have often been amazing.
CSI provides detailed training on Farming God’s Way
The amazing results of Farming God’s Way

What are the benefits of Farming God’s Way?

Farming God’s Way is a sustainable method of farming that provides the following benefits

  • Water is captured and conserved
  • Erosion is minimized
  • Soil organic matter is restored
  • Soil fertility and soil structure are restore
  • The effects of drought are minimized
  • Crop yields are increased
  • It is an excellent tool for discipling farmers

Putting Farming God’s Way into Practice

Implement sustainable practices at all times, pursue excellence, pay attention to detail, and honor God in every step of the agricultural process.

The soil is never plowed
Plowing destroys soil structure and soil organisms, it reduces soil fertility, and it leads both to erosion and evaporation of water.

The soil is covered with mulch at all times (God’s blanket)

This provides multiple benefits

  • Stops soil erosion
  • Captures and conserves rainfall
  • Minimizes evaporation
  • Prevents the growth of weeds
  • Rebuilds soil organic matter and fertility

Seeds are planted to high standards
This includes proper spacing within rows and between rows, planting at the proper depth, and precise application of fertilizer or manure.

Crop rotation with several crops is encouraged
Monocultures are avoided. Multiple crops minimize risk and bring benefits to the soil. God’s garden was diverse!

Crop residues are never burned
They are kept on the land as part of God’s blanket and as food for the soil.

Weeds are faithfully removed every 10-14 days and to high standards.

Waste is minimized in every step
As stewards of God’s creation, we should minimize the waste of time, money, seed, inputs, soil, water, etc.

Trees are incorporated into the system
Agroforestry combines crops and trees in strategic ways to improve the long-term sustainability of the land. God’s garden had many kinds of trees.

Biblical principles we teach about agriculture

  1. A vision for transforming agriculture begins with God. He intended the earth to be a place of abundant provision for his people (Gen 1 & 2).
  2. How we do agriculture should glorify God and reflect our commitment to Christ (1 Cor 10:31).
  3. Farming is a meaningful and noble way of life because God was the First Farmer (Gen 2:8 and 15).
  4. Godly agriculture gives priority to healthy food and to the needs of the poor and hungry (Lev 19:9-10, Duet 24:19-22).
  5. Godly agriculture cares for the whole creation and benefits the whole community of life (Lev 25:2-7).
  6. Like God’s garden, our farming systems should be diverse, incorporating many kinds of trees, plants, crops and animals (Gen 1:11-12, 2:8-9, and chapters 6-7).
  7. Godly agriculture strengthens the land and obediently strives to honor the Sabbath principle (Lev 25:2-5).
  8. We bring greatest glory to God when our agricultural stewardship improves the fruitfulness of the land (The Parable of the Talents Matt 25:14-21).
  9. Like a good shepherd, farmers bring glory to God when they give proper care to domestic animals and livestock (Ps 23, Proverbs 12:10).
  10. Godly agriculture works to bring justice and security to the poor and marginalized (Is 58:6-11).
  11. Godly agriculture is not wasteful (John 6:9-13).
  12. Godly agriculture pays attention to detail and pursues excellence in all aspects of its practice (Matt 5:48, 10:29, Ps 50:9-11).
  13. Repentance of our sinful and careless ways is the first and necessary step to bring healing to our land (2 Chron 7:13-14).
  14. Godly agriculture gladly spreads new vision and success to others (Deut 22:1-4).
  15. Godly agriculture confronts impending challenges and plans for the future (Story of Joseph Gen 37-41).
  16. God-centered agricultural work is a mission field ripe for the harvest (John 4:34-35).