We are pleased to announce that Edgar Hayes & Ann Rader will be joining our panel titled “Faith-Based Farming in the United States” at FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth Online September 9th, 2021.

Edgar Hayes is a Co-founder of the Freedom Farm Community. He is also a CRE (Commissioned Ruling Elder) candidate in the Hudson River Presbytery of NY. After retiring from the FDNY for 20 years, he is currently doing pulpit supply preaching through the Presbyterian Church in Orange County, NY. On the farm, he assist with growing organic produce to share with people in need, teach youth and young adults sustainable agriculture practices, and how to live out one’s faith. Edgar is a father of two teenage boys and help to raise them with his wife Ann.

Ann Rader, Co-founder, Freedom Farm Community, New York. Ann is a wife, farmer, teacher, mother, mentor, hostess with the mostest, you name it, she can do it. She also holds an MA degree in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. Ann has been involved with youth ministry and justice work for as long as she can remember. When she’s not playing in the dirt at the farm, Ann spends her time raising two teenagers: Micah and Josiah with her husband (Edgar) of 22 years.

FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth explores the ancient, respectful and regenerative ways of farming practices and our spiritual relationship to food by focusing on the Earth as an interconnected web of life. A moral and spiritual voice is essential in the transition away from the industrialized, fossil fuel and chemical intensive, global agriculture system which is degrading our Earth, contributing to the climate crisis and to the extinction of species, as well as creating severe health issues for all living beings. 

FORUM2021 is a call to all spiritual and religious leaders and activists for a return to local, biodiverse organic food systems which regenerate soil, water and biodiversity while providing healthy sustenance for all. 

Free registration opens on July 6, 2021. Donations welcome!

#Support local farmers, support your health, protect the Earth


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