“Eaters . . . must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.” –Wendell Berry

“God’s gracious and free action does not destroy creation; it establishes it once again; it gives creation back to us as creation, as a sheer gift . . . When we are really persuaded that God’s kingdom comes by his grace, then and then only do we come down off the ladder and put our feet on the ground–the soil of this earth–once more. Hope in the world to come makes us proper citizens of this world.” –Gerhard Forde

Practicing permanence on the great plains of South Dakota. Growing roots–literal and metaphorical–into rural lakeside soil. Of particular interest: sustainability, theology, placemaking, organic gardening, local food, sustainable agriculture, conservation, community-building, and earthkeeping.


Erin Heidelberger. Thirty-something. South Dakotan. Mother to 4-year-old K. L. Wife to Cory. Future ordained ELCA Lutheran minister. Novice organic gardener. Sustainable living aspirer.


Lake Herman near Madison, South Dakota

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3 Responses to About

  1. bsbobstewart says:


    Just came across your blog and am impressed with all the links to great sites about green building and sustainability. I look forward to more.



  2. Heidi says:

    Hi Erin,

    I’m an intern at Prairie Coteau Farm (located north of Astoria, SD) as well as an intern for Dakota Rural Action. I love your blog and wanted to let you know about our blog: http://www.prairiecoteaufarm.wordpress.com.
    I’ll be at the Sustainable Ag Symposium this week, so maybe I’ll see you there!

  3. Krisztian says:

    G’ day Erin,
    I am an agricultural scientist form Brisbane Australia and just stumbled into your blog tonight. Good job and lots of great information on my passions, sustainable agriculture!
    We’ll be back for more…

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