WNPJ spotlight on member group: Anathoth Community Farm

Anathoth is a catholic worker farm founded in 1986…. an ongoing experiment in the study and practice of nonviolence, community, and sustainable living. We have built an eco-village from the ground up which is one of our answers to much of what is wrong in the world. We host groups and individuals who come to northern Wisconsin to see first hand what our solutions are as well as facilitating non violent action and education on a variety of issues.

 

Anathoth has been a member group of WNPJ since nearly the beginning of our organization. Mike Miles provided a bus to accompany the Peace Walkers between Milwaukee and Madison in the early days – . And their organizing around nuclear submarine issues with Nukewatch – brought many of the early WNPJ members together - in protest – to a navy radar site near Luck, in NW Wisconsin.

Mike Miles was awarded WNPJ’s Peacemaker of the Year Award in 2002.

Mike in the center, flipping panckes for peace - at the MREA Fair -with WNPJ members Cham Nusz and Janet Parker.

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Upcoming event: 

You can hear from Mike directly, at an upcoming zoom session, facilitated by another WNPJ member group: The Sinsinawa Mound Center – on January 25th:

Sacramental Agriculture: An Interview with Mike Miles from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event will be virtual. Miles is a regenerative farmer and cofounder of Anathoth Community Farm near Luck, Wis., a Catholic Worker farm. He’ll discuss hope, farming, spirituality and wooly mammoths! We’ll explore his important land practices of sinking carbon, building topsoil and raising nutritious food. Miles will also share exciting ecological transformations happening across the world. Join us as we bring hope to farming and spirituality. Anathoth Community Farm was established in 1986 as a center for study of nonviolence, community, and sustainable living. Today, it sponsors educational events on the farm to promote good health and sustainability. Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa Mound’s ecological programming coordinator, will lead the interview. The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter

 

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More information about Anathoth:

Anathoth is currently protesting CAFOS from moving into farmlands in WI.

From the Anathoth Facebook page: June 11, 2021 - Mike Miles is a farmer/activist who is determined to educate the County Board about the dangers of hog factories coming into the region. By his estimation, the complete inaction of the Board on this issue has extended an open invitation to global animal factory conglomerates to set up shop in Polk County.

Background on CAFOSs: Georgetown and Johnstown Townships will be the first places they land as both are zoned Ag 20 which means there are so few people who live there that farms are allowed to stink the place up. If you move to Ag 20 without knowing what it is, it's your own fault.

Miles runs a farm that raises pastured animals right where the two townships come together. He had a feeder pig die last week and instead of disposing of it, he put it in a 5-gallon plastic pail and is bringing it to the Polk County Board meeting this coming Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for show and tell.

CAFOs with permits from the Wisconsin DNR are required to make mortality management reports but permits do not prescribe methods used to dispose of corpses and placentas. Cumberland LLC’s permit application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates it will produce 34,000 pounds of carcasses annually. It is not clear if that includes thousands of placentas.

Miles estimates that many carcasses is about 700 times the stench of the pig that is in his 5-gallon pail. Every year. Forever. He wants the Board to experience what he and his neighbors are going to be living with from here on out if the factories come to the township where he lives. He does not consider where he has lived for 35 years to be a sacrifice zone. He is certain his neighbors feel the same way…….

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*Anathoth Community Farm

Contact: Mike Miles
Address: 740 Round Lake Road, Luck, WI 54853
Phone: 715-472-8721 
E- Mail: anathoth@lakeland.ws

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anathothcatholicworker