Farming and faith intersect at fourth sustainable ag conference

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. – Fred Kirschenmann, an organic farming pioneer and agricultural visionary, will headline Farming with Values that Last 2007, a sustainable farming conference Feb. 23-25 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in western Pennsylvania.
“Standing on Common Ground” is the theme for this fourth annual event at the intersection of Christian faith and innovative farming that builds farms, families and community.
The weekend will feature singing, worship, Bible teaching, reflection, practical and inspirational workshops, and ample time for building relationships and hearing stories.
The event invites each participant to learn more about sustainability and faith through how they farm, how they eat and how they create connections with the people and creation that God loves.
Leaders. Kirschenmann is Distinguished Fellow of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. He is a long-time leader in national and international efforts to promote and practice sustainable agriculture.
He oversees his family’s 3,500-acre certified-organic farm in North Dakota.
Worship leader is Karla Kauffman of Kalamazoo, Mich., who grew up in a Mennonite dairy farming family in Ohio. She has served as pastor and counselor, and is pursuing a doctorate of ministry degree in sustainability, focusing on food and farming.
Katie Graber, music leader, is a student of Mennonite singing and teaches piano in Columbus, Ohio.
The keynote presentation will occur Saturday morning and be followed by four workshop sessions, offering a total of 16 different workshops.
Workshops. Workshop topics include:

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