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Church group's Harvest Celebration is Saturday
Pictured is Tom Nelson, board chair of the Churches' Center for Land and People, next to a Little Free Library available at a silent auction. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The Churches' Center for Land and People will hold a Harvest Celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. John's United Church of Christ.

The event, "Seeds for the Future," is the first harvest event CCLP has held in several years. It will include speakers, workshops and a display of farm products and exhibitor tables. CCLP will be introducing its new executive director and its new name and logo, as well as sharing its plans for expansion and renewal. A main goal of the event is to help strengthen local food sheds.

The cost of the event is $30 at the door.

Sister Miriam Brown, O.P., former director and founder of CCLP, will offer her perspectives on how the soil feeds the spirit and how faith inspires good care of the soil. She will share memories, perspectives on the future and thoughts on how to support farmers, food enthusiasts and the local food economy, and she will lead a workshop titled "Sharing Soil and Spirit."

Other workshops will include a pictorial essay called "A Year in the Life of a Farmer," which will show the joys and frustrations of growing food and caring for the land, by Katie Dickson of Christensen Farm in Browntown. There will be a roundtable discussion for clergy and other church leaders on how congregations can promote food security and healthy choices through coalition building.

The meal will be prepared under the supervision of Misha Lang, a sous chef with Epic in Verona. The after-dinner keynote address, "It All Starts with the Soil," will be given by Allen Philo, soil consultant with Midwestern BioAg, which takes a biological approach to farming, combining practices of conventional and organic farming with fertilizers, cover crops and animal nutrition.

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