Place, a project of the Thomas Reuters Foundation covering global land and property rights issues, mentions Plainsong Farm and the Black Church Security Network in a report on the Christian food movement.
Many Christian denominations around the world have massive landholdings which can be put to productive use. Kenya’s Catholic Church, for example, made 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) of land available to commercial farming in 2015 to fight hunger.
And decades of declining congregations in the United States offer an opportunity to faith communities interested in farming.
“Western North Carolina is predicted to have 40 percent of its churches close in the next 10 years because of lack of parishioners,” said Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of Greenhorns, a nonprofit that supports young farmers.
“What will happen to that land?”