January 30, 2019
Rev. Karen Mann is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and worked for a number of years as a hospital chaplain before following her passion for food to the farm. The first stop was as the Market Manager for a network of farms for refugees. Given that she didn't meet any of the job qualifications, she's pretty sure she got the job by describing how much she loves turnips. She has now settled on her own farm in central Virginia, Heart & Bones Hollow, with her partner and two kids. Together they raise goats, chickens, pigs, one dairy cow, and a variety of produce for market. She is also working to start a new Dinner Church in her rural community and hoping to find ways to bring the farm and the faith community together.
You can follow the farm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heartandboneshollow or visit their website heartandboneshollow.com. Or you can read some of Karen's reflections on faith and farming at carrotseedfaith.com.