Timber Butte Homestead: An Evangelical Pastor Experiments with Ecological Living in Idaho

Tri Robinson is the pastor of a charismatic, evangelical Christian church in Idaho, and he’s also a SERIOUS environmentalist, and has even written a book on the subject of whether a conservative Christian can also be an eco-activist. (His answer: YES.)

Robinson is quite an extraordinary person. He helped restore and protect, as a historical monument, a nineteenth century hotel in Southern California (which is now a cultural museum). And now, in Idaho, he’s engaged in an ongoing ecological living experiment that he calls “Timber Butte Homestead.”

I learned about Robinson’s homestead project from a friend who lives in Idaho, and who goes to Robinson’s church. And it also just so happens that, before Robinson became a minister and ecology activist, he was one of my PE teachers in junior high school (“Park View,” a public school in Lancaster, Ca.).

Robinson’s website on his homestead project is here. It’s very “Mother Earth Newsy” in its feel, and has lots of nice country photos.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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