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Resource Library

Come to the Table is proud to offer a variety of resources to faith communities, community organizations, farmers markets, and farmers that engaged in food access work or seeking connections to further their work.

Publications 
When Diversity Isn’t Enough: Experiences of Board Members of Color at Agricultural and Environmental NonprofitsIn this report, Dr. Fatimah Salleh, interviewer and lead author, lifts up the words of eleven people of color who serve on the boards of predominantly white agricultural and environmental nonprofits, highlighting the dynamics, rewards, and challenges that they have experienced in that role. It also offers some recommendations, based on those interviews, for boards that are trying to become more diverse and includes a list of relevant resources. Multiple audiences can benefit from this report, including nonprofit leaders, diversity and inclusion professionals, nonprofit and philanthropy advisors, and executive search firms.

Farmers Market and Faith Community Partnerships: A Guide for Market Managers – This guide is for farmers market managers, board members, and volunteers interested in fostering relationships between their market and local faith communities. Meaningful relationships between farmers markets and faith communities can connect farmers to new customers and to the community in general, while increasing access to fresh healthy food and creating a closer connection to where that food comes from. This guide includes advice, resources, and tools for market managers who want to build such relationships.

2015 Come to the Table Guidebook –  The second edition of the Come to the Table Guidebook is a 40-page publication released in 2015 by RAFI, the NC Council of Churches and Resourceful Communities. It includes snapshots of community groups that have pioneered innovative food access work, the current status of hunger and agriculture in North Carolina and nationally, along with new resources and stories from faith leaders and from the field.

2013 Come to the Table Guidebook – The Come to the Table Guidebook is a 40-page electronic publication that includes an overview of the theology and issues surrounding farming and food security in North Carolina, perspectives from faith leaders, easy tools for identifying the needs and resources in your community, example projects for congregations to relieve hunger and support local food production, and a resource list.

Media
Helping Churches Provide COVID-19 Relief Come to the Table’s COVID-19 relief grants are discussed.

Rural Faith Leaders Join Workers Calling for Protection and Relief from COVID-19 Outbreaks CTTT staffer Michelle Osborne discusses the vulnerability of our contract poultry system in the US and the relief and protection that is needed for both meat processing workers and poultry farmers.

Videos 
What Can Rural Communities and People of Faith Do to Prevent Suicide? – October 8, 2020 – During this event, which was part of the 2020 Community Conversations Series, moderator Jessica Stokes along with panelists Juan Allen, Rev. Lindsay Ballance Collins, LaMar Grafft, and Tiffany Hall discussed how rural communities and people of faith are responding to mental health crises in their communities. Hear stories and practical examples of how mental health is being addressed in different contexts throughout North Carolina. RAFI-USA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – North Carolina, Partners in Health and Wholeness, and North Carolina Agromedicine Institute joined together to present this event focused on the intersection of mental health, faith communities, and rural communities.

Partner Event: Sacred Conversations: Local Food Supporting Farmers and Families – September 25, 2020 – This conversation, hosted by Partners in Health and Wholeness, focused on the importance of integrating food-centered programs in ministry. Presenters and panelists included representatives from Oasis of Hope Ministries, Robbinsville UMC, Red Oak UMC, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA), and Resourceful Communities. They spoke about how faith communities can build partnerships with small farmers in their communities to purchase farm products and increase access to healthy food for those who need it most.

How Did We Get Here & What Can I Do? Democracy, Land, and Liberation – September 14, 2020 – This event, which was part of the 2020 Community Conversations Series and was  co-hosted by RAFI-USA and NC 100, featured speakers La’Meshia Whittington of Advance Carolina and the NC Black Alliance, Courtney Patterson of Blueprint NC, and Pastor Antonio Blow of Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. They shared their perspectives on the connections between land and the historic struggle for civil rights and liberation by Black farmers, and the struggle against voter suppression today. This event was moderated by Merald Holloway of NC 100.

Farms, Food, and Hunger: A Conversation with NC State Candidates – September 9, 2020 – State-elected officials play critical roles in how food system opportunities and challenges are addressed. RAFI-USA, along with a diverse group of NC organizations, hosted a virtual, nonpartisan candidate conversation to provide North Carolinians an opportunity to hear directly from candidates running for NC state-level offices on issues related to agriculture, food, and hunger in our state. RAFI-USA, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Feeding the Carolinas, the North Carolina Alliance for Health, MomsRising, and the North Carolina Rural Center were the co-hosts of this event and Calvin Allen of Rural Forward NC was the moderator. Attendees included candidates for the offices of NC Labor Commissioner (Josh Dobson [R], Jessica Holmes [D]), NC Agriculture Commissioner (Steve Troxler [R], Jennifer Wadsworth [D]), NC Superintendent of Public Instruction (Jen Mangrum [D]), and NC Lieutenant Governor (Yvonne Holley [D]).

What are Your Pillars? Farming, Faith, and Narrative Investigation – July 29, 2020. Faith, farming, and agriculture have played a central role in the development of past social justice movements. This is a conversation about the Black Church’s contemporary relationship with agriculture, and how both farming and faith continue to serve as pillars of personal and collective narrative-making in our communities. Guiding the conversation are Executive Director of Word Tabernacle’s REACH Center and Come to the Table Rural Fellow Trishonda Roberson, alongside Durham historian and activist Georie Bryant. Farmer and founder of Conetoe Family Life Center Rev. Richard Joyner will is featured as well. This event is part of the 2020 Community Conversations Series.

Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez at the 2019 Come to the Table Conference – March 13, 2019 – A recording of Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez’s keynote address “Farm Justice, Food Sovereignty and the Transformation of Everything” at the 2019 Come to the Table Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Monica White at the 2019 Come to the Table Conference – March 12, 2019 – A recording of Dr. Monica White’s keynote address “Freedom Farmers: Black Agricultural Resistance and Creating Sustainable Communities” at the 2019 Come to the Table Conference in Charlotte, NC.

2019 Come to the Table Conference Highlight Video – March 12-13, 2019 – Highlights from the 2019 Come to the Table Conference held in Charlotte, NC.

Podcasts
Rural Matters Podcast: Filling Gaps during COVID-19 with Heather Kilbourne, Nicole Johnson, and Michelle Osborne – CTTT staffer Michelle Osborne was featured on an episode of the Rural Matters Podcast to discuss how churches are responding to food insecurity in their communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.