Danile Martens lives and works in Mishawaka, Indiana. She is married to John Martens. She spent 4 years with her family in Cambodia with MCC working in provincial health services. She is an active member of Kern Road Mennonite Church. For fascinating reading on sustainable farming practice and theology of creation care she recommends the work of Gene Logsden, Joel Salatin, and Ellen Davis.
It is winter and a pristine white snowfall flocks on branches, and gathers in swales, covering the pasture in white under a brilliant blue sky. Soon spring will bring a green flush of grasses and clover, and the calves and their old dams will kick up their heels in anticipation and delight as they move to new pasture. For now I enjoy the quiet of the morning, watching the dance of cardinals, finches, sparrows and juncoes around the feeder. Winter’s comparative leisure contrasts to the months of the growing season, May to October, when work lasts until dark most days. I have learned to accept the long spring and summer working days, at the end of which we have time only to eat, clean up, and fall into bed. We do not live by the clock, but by the rhythm of the seasons. I find order and beauty in working with the cycles of nature but it is out of step with modern life.