PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Eastern District Conference / Franconia Mennonite Conference
with the Earth
Resources for the Gathering
[Look for a few additional resources here during November 2005]
Plenary on Environmental Justice as a Peace Issue:
"Savoring the revolution, redeeming the foodshed:
Buy fresh, buy local, buy fair by all means" -- with Greg Bowman
Industrial food is wasting our land, polluting our water, threatening genetic integrity and wrecking
our health. People of faith and hope are claiming a future of vitality, integrity and justice by
choosing local, seasonal, humanely raised, energy reduced and fairly traded food.
Greg Bowman was raised in eastern Ohio. Working and eating at his grandparents homestead he
unwittingly experienced life on one of the region s last fully integrated crop-livestock-dairy-fruit-vegetable
family farms that thrived through relationship marketing in a dynamic, unplanned community.
As online editor at www.newfarm.org and a co-conspirator
in the Farming with Values that Last conferences at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center,
he combines stories of entrepreneurial hope with system tools that allow farmers, eaters and
believers to create the New Agriculture. He and Ellen, his wife and best friend, attend Bally Mennonite Church.
- Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods by Gary Paul Nabham
"A practical primer on how to ‘eat locally, think globally’ (and enjoy it more) wherever you are.
Nabhan explores one of the greatest sources of global despoliation and tells us exactly what
we can do about it: eat consciously, and eat foods grown close at hand." --Stanley Crawford,
author of A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm.
- Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket by Brian Halweil,
November 2004 ISBN: 0-393-32664-0 237 pages
"Part journalism and part manifesto, Eat Here is the definitive work on the most interesting and
encouraging change in the way Americans eat now." --Michael Pollan, Professor Science and Environmental
Journalism, UC Berkeley and author of The Botany of Desire.
- From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce
3rd edition, produced by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition
53 sections, 420 recipes sorted by main ingredients. $15
- The Real Food Revival by Shem Brooks Vinton and Ann Clark Espuelas
Paperback book, 6.06 x 9.13in, 288 pages, ISBN 1585424218 (Tarcher: 16 Jun 2005).
Simply put, Real Food is: delicious, produced as locally as possible, sustainable, affordable, and accessible.
- Simply in Season:
Recipes that celebrate the rhythm of the land in the spirit of More-with-Less
Book three in the World Community Cookbook series by Cathleen Hockman-Wert and Mary Beth Lind
Comb binding 336 pp. Price: $19.99 Paperback Price: $13.99
Web Resources and Publications
- Community Food Security Coalition (www.foodsecurity.org).
Non-profit dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access
to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop
self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing,
manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the
principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.
Stories, news, networking and tools for all the people growing, selling, preparing and eating local,
relationally traded, sustainable and organic food.
- Growing for Market (www.growingformarket.com)
persistently and gallantly edited by Mennonite farmer Lynn Bycynski,
wife of long-time sustainable farming advocate and organizer Dan Nagangast. Practical help for
high-value market-farming of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.
- www.localharvest.org -- map locator access to US farms
selling direct and locally (with crops and seasonal info), restaurants, stores, CSAs, farm markets
- www.newfarm.org/farmlocator -- Zip code. state,
county, farmer name or farm name access to farm profiles and products, marketing avenues;
also businesses seeking local/regional food.
Enough for All from Keeping the Garden (double CD and booklet),
(John Pitney, 2004). Contact Rev. Pitney at email@example.com.
He is on the ministry team at the First United Methodist Church of
Eugene, OR, where his wife, Debbie, is lead pastor.
Pennsylvania Environmental Overview
(Open space/urban sprawl/recycling/global warming/clean energy)
This workshop will briefly review several environmental justice issues in Pennsylvania and
resources available for further study and action. The topics included are chosen because any
of them can be a good starting place for a peace committee, congregation, or individual who would
like to begin working on environmental justice issues.
Bob Walden, chairperson of the Peace and Justice Committee, has organized conferences and presented
workshops on a variety of peace and justice topics, including hunger, globalization, restorative justice,
climate change, and public policy advocacy.
- Overview of these topics by Joy Bergey
in January, 2005. Joy is executive director of
Center for the Celebration of Creation, Chestnut Hill UMC (Philadelphia), and also works with the
Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign and the National Council of Churches EcoJustice Program.
Last Updated: 10/23/05
Created: October 23, 2005