Food Faith and Farming Network gives voice to the sacred connections between land and people. We foster rural and urban relationships and promote earth stewardship, community, spirituality and economic justice through healthy food and sustainable farming practices. We collaborate with individuals, organizations and faith communities that share our vision.


  • Link food, faith and farming through educational, spiritual and community building events 
  • Bring a spiritual perspective to the conversation in addressing food and farming issues
  • Connect consumers and growers, urban and rural, through activities such as Winter Farmers Markets
  • Advocate for a just food system and food security for all
  • Promote a land ethic of stewardship and care for our common home--Earth
  • Partner with Harvest of Hope Fund, serving Wisconsin farmers in crisis situations


Our story began in 1989 at Sinsinawa, Wisconsin in the heart of the Tri-States of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, when an organization called Churches' Center for Land and People was born. The farm crisis was taking its toll on small farms and rural communities. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, a Congregation of Women Religious in the midst of this rural area, called together a group representing the struggling folks in the rural community including churches and organizations concerned for the well-being of rural life. This meeting was an exploration of ways to work together to keep hope alive and nurture the spirit of rural communities. This organization was the result of that gathering. Churches and other rural advocacy organizations joined together to support a common effort. The organization put down strong roots and has remained committed to the values of earth stewardship, community, spirituality, and economic justice since that time.

Now known as Food, Faith and Farming Network the organization continues to be guided by those same values and a commitment to network with others to build and sustain vibrant rural communities in changing and challenging times. 


Lynn Parkhurst, Milwaukee Area Winter Farmers Market Coordinator; Trudi Jenny, Secretary; and Linda Sheridan, Chair

The Food, Faith and Farming Network all-volunteer board comes with a wealth of knowledge in the field and a passion for our mission.

Linda Sheridan
Sustainable Food Advocate

Roger Williams
Harvest of Hope Fund 

Trudi Jenny
Social Justice Advocate

Tom Nelson
Chair Emeritus

Howard Bowman
Retired Educator &
UCC Clergyman 

Cole Compton
Lead Farmer
Kinship Community Food Center

Shannon McGuire
Sustainable Food Advocate

Sue Nelson
Rural Liason

Jay Salinas
Wormfarm Institute

Laurana Snyder
Horticulturalist/Farm Coordinator
Sinsinawa Collaborative Farm

Rev. Nick Utphall
Advent Lutheran
Madison Christian Community

David Williams
Emeritus, UW-Extension,
Agriculture and Natural Resources

At Large Members
Eric Anglada
Sinsinawa Mound
St. Isadore Catholic Worker Farmer

Sheila Fitzgerald, OP
Sinsinawa Dominicans