Brevard, North Carolina
Fred Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and pioneer in church-supported agriculture. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: Four Seasons Among the Keepers of the Earth forthcoming from Free Press and the co-author, with Norman Wirzba, of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation (InterVarsity Press). After being wooed into the agrarian life in 2001 while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, NC which he directed until 2009. He now speaks and writes full time about the intersection of food, faith, and agriculture. His essays have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin), Wendell Berry and Religion (Univ. Press of Kentucky) and State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Norton). In addition to his Food and Community fellowship, he has received a 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2007 Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a 2008 William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf, and a 2012 North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. He lives with his wife and three sons in Transylvania County, NC.