BF in the Media

Bethlehem Farm in the Media

A Catholic Community Shares the Experience of Being a ‘Neighbor’ to the MVP in southern West Virginia

4-16-2023 Michael Barrick of the Appalachian Chronicle and author of  Fractured Sanctuary: A Chronicle of Grassroots Activists Fighting Pipelines of Destruction in Appalachia interviewed Eric for the fourth article in a series on an April 3, 2023, ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which vacated a Clean Water Certification from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The decision stopped construction of the MVP, though only temporarily. Susan Bouldin, who lives nearby on West Clayton Road and whose family’s homeplace is within the blast zone of the MVP route, contributed substantially to Eric’s response.

Bethlehem Farm Aids Residents with Home Repair

8-10-2022 The West Virginia Daily News features the work of Bethlehem Farm in Summers, Greenbrier, and Monroe counties. 

Catholic Farmers Do the Dirty Work of Sustainable Living

7-5-2022 Eric and Bethlehem Farm were included in this article in US Catholic by Katie Bahr. Catholic farmers from across the country were interviewed (including our sister farm, Jerusalem Farm, and several others we know), and the relationships between farming, stewardship, simplicity, service, and faith were explored.

Breaking Free of the Company Gospel
5-17-2022 Bethlehem Farm and our partnership with the Wheaton Franciscans were included in this article by Zack Harold published by Duke School of Divinity’s Faith & Leardership online magazine on how religious groups are responding to Care for Creation–a great read with some thought-provoking questions at the end for your faith community to answer.

150 Ways to Serve: Loyola University Chicago highlights Caretakers Eric & Colleen’s work as Loyola celebrates its 150th anniversary

Commonweal article: A Spirit of Abundance

Catholic Climate Covenant: Catholic Sustainability Champions
6-23-2021 Check out a panel of “Catholic Sustainability Champions”, including Bethlehem Farm’s very own Molly Sutter

Walk Softly
3-2022 Loyola Chicago alums Eric & Colleen Fitts run a farm and retreat center in West Virginia and live in harmony with the earth—and their community

National Catholic Reporter articles 
11-3-2021 More than 250 people fast in solidarity with climate hunger strikers in DC
6-25-2021 EarthBeat Weekly: How can ordinary Catholics live out Laudato Si’?
6-25-2021 Sustainable farms show how Catholics can apply Laudato Si’ to their daily lives
7-3-2020 Discovering ecological conversion in the spirit of Laudato Si’
3-24-2020 Earthbeat: A Future Not our Own
1-31-2020 Young Catholics weigh big decisions amid the climate crisis
8-30-2016 Catholic Worker family seeks new home after West Virginia flood
8-22-2015 Catholic high school teachers eager to dive into papal encyclical 
(earlier article to be uploaded or linked later)