Lisa Graham McMinn
Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology and Writer in Residence at George Fox University. She writes and speaks about gender and sexuality, creation care, food ethics and agriculture. Her books include, The Contented Soul (IVP 2006),Walking Gently on the Earth (IVP 2010), Dirt and the Good Life: Stories of Fern Creek(Barclay Press 2012) and most recently, To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community (Brazos Press, 2015).
Lisa also describes herself as a farmer, Quaker, beekeeper, and sometimes potter. Her job, she says, “is to love Creation–to laugh, hope, nurture, and mostly, to pay attention. So I tend tomatoes and fruit trees, nurture bees and chicks, preserve beans, my grandmother’s traditions, and a more simple way of life.”
Lisa lives on Fern Creek, a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm outside of Newberg, Oregon, where she and her husband Mark tend chickens and bees and grow food for 24 families. Lisa and Mark’s family includes three daughters, and six grandchildren.
Posts by Lisa
By Lisa Graham McMinn Jonathan is the administrative director of a farm box cooperative in Portland called Tuv Ha’aretz, Hebrew for “goodness of the earth.” Tuv Ha’Aretz is part of a Jewish food movement across the country bringing together local farms and ancient agricultural and spiritual traditions of Judaism. Produce in the boxes comes from local […]
By Lisa McMinn Betty Crocker was invented in the 1920s to sell cake and bread mixes, but she became iconic as an advice-giving guru who inspired women to see housekeeping and cooking as honorable and satisfying callings. Susan Marks, author of Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food, unpacks […]
by Christine Sine I have just finished reading Lisa Graham McMinn’s new book To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming and Community. This is a book well worth reading. Through the telling of stories, the sharing of recipes and the relating of her own personal journey from college professor to CSA owner, Lisa encourages us to […]
By Lisa Graham McMinn Some mornings Mark and I start the day with a walk up Williamson Road—the country rode that leads away from our home. We’ll pass the hens and beehives on our way out, and our stroll will take us past horses, sheep, cows, alpaca, a donkey, and some friendly dogs. We’ll […]
I am sitting here thinking about the wonder of God and the beauty of God’s world. The snow is falling outside my window in big wet flakes. I am awed by the fact that each flake is unique, a creative expression of the God we love and serve. This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here […]