We use an interfaith collaboration approach to deliver projects and programs designed to strengthen rural life. We focus on furthering connections and understanding between farmers and their urban neighbors and building relationships among other farming communities. This includes:
- Offering a prayerful and spiritual perspective in our rural communities and society; raising awareness of rural spirituality in our culture, in church life and beyond; and providing Resources for those in ministry, clergy and lay leaders including: Sustaining Heart in the Heartland: Exploring Rural Spirituality
- Offering educational forums on practical and just ways to develop sustainable agriculture and food systems
- Providing opportunities to link farmers and consumers, build relationships and expand community
- Supporting new generations of Upper Midwest farmers through building relationships and community commitment to shared values for faith and food by participating in Markets and Meals for Hope.
- Renewing the value of farm life skills and fostering value-added farm product sales
- Supporting Harvest of Hope, a nonprofit, faith-based group that offers financial help to distressed farmers through grants
- Involving a broad cross-section of farm and rural people, non-farm and urban dwellers in discussion of how to achieve the Center’s mission
We welcome participation in program planning for our events.