Invitation: 16th November 2004

The Céifin Centre and Rural Resource Development cordially invite you to attend an informative and inspirational presentation by Miriam McGillis OP.

Reclaiming Our Well-Being - The Land As Our Teacher

Date: Tuesday, November 16th
Venue: Great Hall, Templegate Hotel, Ennis
Time: 4.00 pm

Miriam McGillis is an internationally renowned speaker who has, over the last 25 years, made presentations to farmers, business interests, educators, political, religious and environmental groups in the US, Europe (including the Schumacher College, UK), Asia and the Pacific.

Please let us know if you wish to attend as places will be limited.

You can call Bernie on 061 361144 / 061 365912 or email ceifin@eircom.net.
You are welcome to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.
Note: There will be a nominal cover charge of €3 per person for refreshments.

Some Background Information

Miriam McGillis, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey is the founder of Genesis Farm, established in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm’s Community Supported Garden cultivates biodynamic fruits and vegetables on 50 acres of fertile chemical free soils for over 250 local families who are shareholders in its economic base. For over 16 years it has evolved as a highly successful model of small scale agriculture, independent of the highly competitive market system which has so devastated small family farms in the US.

Genesis Farm (www.genesisfarm.org) is also a Learning Centre for Earth Studies. In collaboration with four colleges and universities it offers graduate and undergraduate credits in Earth Literacy, a field of study and a movement of people based on the insights revealed through the convergence of contemporary science and the wisdom of people.

Genesis Farm has also helped to establish the Foodshed Alliance of the Ridge and Valley, a grassroots effort to sustain the farmers, agricultural lands and rural way of life of the northwest area of New Jersey. The Alliance seeks to enable farmers to make a viable living and stay on the land.

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