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About ktkramer

Kyle T. Kramer founded and lives with his wife Cyndi and their three young children on Genesis Organic Farm, in his native southern Indiana, in a solar- and wind-powered home he designed and built himself. Kyle is also the director of graduate lay degree programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology. He serves as a Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. Kyle is a regular columnist for America magazine, and he is the author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt (Ave Maria Press, 2010). Kyle's writing and talks mainly concern the intersection of simple living, ecology and Christian spirituality.

Keeping Sabbath

“The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest; it’s whole-heartedness.” – Br. David Steindl-Rast  What does Sabbath look like on a small, part-time farm?  The Christian and Jewish traditions call for a day of rest each week, and as a … Continue reading

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Chaos, Control, Risk, and Resilience

 “Rural people understand that life is basically a dangerous, unmanageable mess, so that when things go wrong, their suspicions are confirmed and it’s just a blessing no one was killed.”   –  John Gierach If I’m learning anything from farming, it’s … Continue reading

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Pa Ingles and “Real” Farming

This is the time of year when “farming on the side” roughly translates into “work like a crazy person.” On our farm I’m busy getting trees, berry bushes, and early garden crops in the ground, spreading mulch and organic fertilizers, … Continue reading

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Love and Good Work

On Work Kahlil Gibran You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that … Continue reading

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Does the world need another blog?

I must admit I start this blog with no small amount of fear and trembling.  Aside from my worry about how to keep feeding the beast, two questions have loomed large in my thinking: What earthly good could another blog … Continue reading

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