‘Adasiyyah: a study in agriculture and rural development

'Abdu'l-Bahá established a village as an agricultural and environmental center. Although His activities relate to scrubland at the beginning of the 20th Century in what is now Jordan, the techniques that he employed are relevant to the 21st century. Contemporary discourse about farming and rural communities reflects on the corporatization of agricultural processes during the last 50 years—from family farms to the supermarkets of urban neighborhoods. Movements to counteract the corporatization of agriculture, from field-to-fork, are discussing regenerative agriculture, agro-forestry, organic production, and the practice of large-scale animal production. Many of these issues were considered in ‘Adasiyyah.

  • Gary Arthur Reusche

    Combining a PhD in agriculture with a MBA, Gary managed projects in Central America, Africa, South Asia and the ex-Soviet Union using consultation in his work and teams. He authored the EBBF brochure “Consultative Decision Making” based his personal experiences both in business, and as a member of Bahá’í consultative bodies in 5 different countries where he lived as a pioneer. He correlates Bahá’í social principles with current realities and works for a sustainable future in a united world. He runs a residential vacation school striving to build a culture based on universal spiritual principles.


45th Annual Conference

In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time


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