Mike & Bethany Edwardson – Co-founders (Farm Operations)
Mike & Bethany ( & Everest & Magnolia) Edwardson have felt called to start a community-based farm that connects to local churches and ministries for many years now. As a family they have continued to put down roots here in West Michigan, knowing that the life of a place is built with hospitality and gratitude toward one’s neighbors and the land. They have begun the process of taking Plainsong Farm from fallow and neglected to fertile and productive, with the help of much coffee and the endless energy of their daughters.
Mike graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 2015 with a Master’s degree focusing on Christian Environmental Ethics, delivering food & faith related presentations at multiple conferences and churches. He has also established and operated multiple urban food plots in connection with universities and churches prior to taking on this role at Plainsong Farm.
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish – Co-founder (Mission & Program)
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish has felt called to create a farm for faith formation and good food ministry since the early 2000’s. The only problem was, she didn’t feel called to be a farmer. There’s a long story behind how her family’s previous home became Plainsong Farm. Hopefully some of it will show up on the farm blog soon (along with a recent family picture!).
She created and curates the Christian food movement guide, resources families practicing faith at home through the Grow Christians blog, and speaks both locally and nationally on food and faith. She serves as the Province V Representative on the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and is involved in multiple local and national efforts to re-think connections between food, faith, and place.
She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity in 1995. One of the highlights of 2016 was speaking at her alma mater’s Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture conference on “Next Steps for the Christian food movement.” While serving as executive director of the Greater Grand Rapids Humanities Council, she was executive producer of Eating in Place: Growing a Local Food System in Greater Grand Rapids, a documentary created in partnership with Calvin College and shown statewide on PBS.