October 8, 2014


MTSO releases Seminary Hill Farm video

Methodist Theological School in Ohio has released a video celebrating and explaining the benefits of Seminary Hill Farm, founded on the campus of MTSO in December 2013.

The four-minute video also is available via the Seminary Hill Farm web page. It can also be downloaded to disc for later viewing from the Vimeo page.

Through images and interviews, the video traces the farm's first season from the construction of hoop houses on a snowy December day to the colorful crop of produce growing in mid-summer. MTSO has a multi-faceted, ever-growing commitment to ecotheology and sustainability, and the video explains the farm's part in that commitment.

Seminary Hill Farm is a USDA certified organic farm covering a sizable, formerly unused portion of the 80-acre MTSO campus. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables from the farm are part of every meal served in MTSO's Dunn Dining Hall.

The farm has offered weekly shares of its produce through the summer as part of a community-supported agriculture program and is selling food at farmers' markets and to restaurants. Most important, it is modeling for future religious leaders a sustainable way of using and caring for the land.

"There is energy growing around this," MTSO President Jay Rundell says in the video. "People are excited because we're doing something nobody expected us to do."

Interviews with Rundell, Manager of Farm and Food Tadd Petersen and others involved with Seminary Hill Farm can be arranged by contacting Communications Director Danny Russell at drussell@mtso.edu or 740-362-3322.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master's degrees in counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, director of communications
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322