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Acclaimed Amish Author to Share Passion for Creation Care


In a series of unprecedented talks in Harrisonburg, David Kline, an Amish farmer, naturalist and author, will share his passion for creation care and sustainable farming practices from Wednesday, Feb. 8, though Friday morning, Feb. 10.

“David Kline has a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on what it means to live sustainably and respect God’s creation,” said Jim Yoder, professor of biology at EMU.

As a sponsor of the talks, EMU has arranged for Kline to be driven from Ohio for this series of rare public appearances.

“I think many people will be both surprised and inspired by David’s stories of simple living, observing nature, and his success at promoting small-scale diversified farming in Ohio,” said Yoder. “He is one of the most intelligent men I’ve ever met.”

Based on his 120-acre farm in Holmes County, Ohio, Kline is author of “Letters from Larksong: An Amish Naturalist Explores His Organic Farm” (2010); “Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer’s Journal” (2001); and “Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm” (1999).” He also edits “Farming Magazine: People, Land and Community.”

Kline has been compared to Kentucky-based author and farmer Wendell Berry, who has written the forewords to Kline’s last two books.

“The farm is a place we live and not merely reside,” said Kline in an interview with the Allegheny Front. “Our philosophy was my dad’s philosophy. That we should leave our land in much better condition than when we got it.”

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Additional events, more information

In addition to publicly and visiting classes at EMU, Kline will serve as guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6:45 8:30 p.m., at Montezuma Hall, 4736 Ottobine Road, Dayton, on the topic, “Living on Earth as Respectful Stewards.”

Kline’s visit is sponsored by EMU and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Admission is free to the public events.

For more information contact Jim Yoder at 540-421-9912 or email yoderjm@emu.edu.

2 Responses to "Acclaimed Amish Author to Share Passion for Creation Care"

  1. Gordon Bjorkman says:

    Dear Sir: Would like to know where I may be able to purchase a copy of Bishop David Kline’s book, entitled: “Letters from Larksong.” As well as any others that David may have written. I already have his book, “Scratching the Groundhog.” I had a terrible time, trying to order this book from Barnes and Noble, and the girl on the other end of the phone, in the U.S.A. couldn’t help me, either. I did everything right, but it was all in vain. So disappointing for me!

    My email address is: weekedhiker2002@gmail.com

    Phone number is: 1.250.832.5058 (leave message if I am not here) It is fine to call me collect, at any time, as well. Thank you for any help you can give me.
    Gordon C. Bjorkman
    180 – 57 Street N.W.,
    Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 3B1