Can our farming methods give back as well as take from Nature?
Can we rediscover a more intimate, conscious and respectful relationship to Earth, its biodiversity and its creatures?
Can we organize economic enterprises in such a way to sustain us while also broadening our awareness of the ecological whole?
Faith, Food and the Environment is a project devoted to the vocation of agriculture—and especially directed to those who show leadership in producing nutritious foods and essential agricultural goods, such as fiber, feedstocks and renewable fuels.
Through this project we express our gratitude to farmers, ranchers and food producers: Yours is a blessed way of life that provides our “daily bread” and calls you to care for the land and the integrity of Creation.
The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader is a 30-page document that was generated by the Faith, Food and the Environment Symposium in 2014. It offers a faith-based reflection on today’s modern agriculture and food production practices, as well as affirming the noble vocation of farming as a God-given calling. This calling comes with certain moral and ethical responsibilities and the document helps us to explore and reflect upon these.
One of the comments we hear most often when presenting the document across the country is that the acknowledgment of agriculture as a vocation is refreshing, new and welcomed, as this vocation is not often affirmed. One participant in recent workshop commented:
“We’ve never heard this before, and I wish I would have known. I would’ve invited all of my neighbors—Catholic and non!”
The organizers of Faith, Food & the Environment seek to deepen the dialogue with agricultural leaders who are grappling with world food issues and environmental tipping-points. We hope our faith-based approach provides a moral and meaningful perspective that will inspire and guide a new generation of agricultural producers and leaders.
We travel across the country giving presentations and workshops on Vocation of the Agricultural Leader. Check out our events page to find out when we will be presenting near you. To request a workshop in your area, please email Annie@CatholicRuralLife.org We are looking forward to meeting you!
We recently hosted our second national conference dedicated to the VAL Document, A Noble Vocation: Integrating Faith, Food and the Environment. Click below to learn more and to access videos and materials.