From seed to table, food is a profoundly spiritual and ethical concern.
Communities of faith can play a vital role in creating a just and sustainable food system by demonstrating a commitment to local food and farmers, and acknowledging our interconnectedness on the planet.
The Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership (IFFP) is a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's (EMO) Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns (INEC). We strive to increase access to fresh, local food for all--especially people with low incomes--and encourage congregations to support small, new and immigrant farmers through innovative market relationships.
Right now in Portland and Corvallis, we are linking together congregations, community organizations, businesses, and farmers to grow food in community gardens, teach cooking classes, promote our two CSAs and three after-services farmer tables. We also participate in conversations influencing local and national food and farming policy.
"Think about your tables: family tables, community tables, faith tables. Who eats? How is food prepared? How is it shared? And who gets to talk? What do they say? Tables are for eating and tables are for talking. Eating is a moral act. We shape each other and our world at our tables: family tables, community tables, faith tables." --Brother David Andrews, CSC, National Catholic Rural Life
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