Fw: Statement and CW Farm Website
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From: Chris Montesano
Here is statement from Gathering and the address of the New Website for
Farms and Urban Gardens: http://farm.catholicworker.biz/
This website is great!
11 January 2011
75th Anniversary of Catholic Worker Farms
Sheep Ranch, CA
Members of Catholic Worker farms and urban houses of hospitality
gathered this past week for a celebration of Peter Maurin’s prophetic
vision for a new society in the shell of the old. Peter Maurin
co-founded the Catholic Worker in New York City in 1933 with Dorothy
Day. Three years later the first Catholic Worker farming commune
opened in New York. For the 75th Anniversary of the first Catholic
Worker farming commune, 21 people gathered in the remote Sierra
foothills of California for workshops and discussions.
Today the Catholic Workers gathered in Sheep Ranch issued a statement
reiterating and updating Peter Maurin’s vision in modern language,
calling for more urban gardens and local organic farming communities.
Urban gardeners and rural farmers came from Catholic Worker
communities in California, Colorado, Montana, Wisconsin, Iowa and New
Mexico. Richard Bishop of Bitterroot Catholic Worker Farm, MT said,
“The beauty of Peter Maurin’s vision has not been realized. All of our
discussions need to be illuminated by Peter’s prophetic teachings.”
Catholic Worker Farm
16777 Armstrong RD,
Sheep Ranch, CA, 209-728-2159.
Statement By Catholic Worker Farmers & Gardeners
On this, the 75th anniversary of Catholic Worker farms, we urban
gardeners and rural farmers have gathered in Sheep Ranch, California
to celebrate the spirit of Peter Maurin—co-founder of the Catholic
Worker movement with Dorothy Day.
All of God’s children deserve access to healthy food, yet hunger,
malnutrition and starvation continue to harm people across the planet.
Contemporary problems of hunger, mental illnesses, climate change,
environmental degradation, industrial food production, and social
alienation are interrelated. These challenges can be overwhelming, but
our experiences have taught us that the vision of Peter Maurin is now
more relevant than ever before.
Peter Maurin put out the call for a Green Revolution consisting of
round-table discussions, houses of hospitality, and farming communes.
Although houses of hospitality have been the most notable aspect of
the Catholic Worker movement, many of us have experienced the need for
Catholic Worker farming communities and urban gardens to help us more
fully realize Peter Maurin’s vision. Peter encouraged us to follow
the way of Jesus Christ as servant rather than master, spending our
energy in decentralized food production methods.
To this end, we support the following sustainable practices across
North America: utilization of heirloom seeds, conversion of abandoned
places into community gardens, local production of organic food,
creation of biointensive and permaculture farms and urban gardens. We
support the resistance to industrial farming in a movement toward
restoring localized production and distribution of healthy organic
We acknowledge the momentum of movements calling for a restructuring
of our agricultural system and we applaud these efforts. We challenge
ourselves, the Catholic Worker movement, the Church, people of all
faith traditions, and all people of goodwill to promote sustainable
ways of living.