SAC # 86

The Catholic Worker Farms



TIME | 13 May 2010, 4pm onwards

LOCATION | CSAFE Seminar Room, , Dunedin

SPEAKER | Paul Stock


The Catholic Worker, begun in the 1930s, is a religious social movement based in the United States. Over 75 years the Catholic Worker has aspired to start small, subsistent agricultural communities in the hopes of inspiring social change. Of particular interest is the Catholic Worker farm in Northland. This talk provides an overview of the history of the Catholic Worker and their farms that provide a unique, contemporary example of the intersection of religion, social movements and concern for the environment.

About the Speaker

Paul is a Research Fellow for the Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and the Environment on the Rural Futures Project focused on pastoral farmers and the social aspects related to major land-use changes in New Zealand. His recent dissertation traces the Catholic Worker movement's environmental development since the 1930s. Other current projects focus on the intersection of the environment, morality and peace. His previous work examined organic farmers in the US and the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina.


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