And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: Genesis 9:20
"To husband is to use with care, to keep, to save, to make last, to conserve. Old usage tells us that there is a husbandry also of the land, of the soil, of the domestic plants and animals - obviously because of the importance of these things to the household. And there have been times, one of which is now, when some people have tried to practice a proper human husbandry of the non domestic creatures in recognition of the dependence of our households and domestic life upon the wild world. Husbandry is the name of all practices that sustain life by connecting us conservingly to our places and our world; it is the art of keeping tied all the strands in the living network that sustains us.
And so it appears that most and perhaps all of industrial agriculture's manifest failures are the result of an attempt to make the land produce without husbandry."
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food
I have been reading and thoroughly enjoying this book. I would highly recommend it! (Remember, you can borrow it from your library.) I've often wondered why many do not consider more deeply what they are feeding their own bodies, animals and soils. The Bible points to many ways the Lord shows us how to care deeply and appropriately for the gifts in His creation. There is much that can be applied to how we are to be husbandman of every gift we're given personally and the revelation of how He cares, and will continue to care...
The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 2Timothy 2:6
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. John 15:1
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James 5:7