Partners & Related Resources

Eco-theology inspires thought and action on many levels. A large part of the purpose behind producing Saving Place, Saving Grace has been to explore and then share lessons learned about the nexus of these two very interconnected concepts. We’ve been honored to engage several thought leaders and practitioners as partners in our project—people and organizations who are doing great works. Please visit their websites for more information.

In addition, we continually compile resources that provide useful information and education in areas related to eco-theology and conservation of nature and natural resources. We believe in sharing what we learn about best practices, provocative stories, and talented people doing creative exciting works. In turn, pass them along. And if you have pertinent sources that you’d like to contribute to our site, please send us a description and link for access.




Building Sustainable Partnerships for Earth and Society

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Will manage post production of Saving Place, Saving Grace.
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The Downstream Project
Furnace Mountain created our soundtrack.
Furyworks is responsible for our beautiful logo and film poster!
The farm leases land from the monks of HCA to grow some of their seasonal crops.
The team at Mesh help design and build our website.
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Nancy Sanders, Editor for Picture Farmer Films.
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Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Within this role, Andy also serves as Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. In his research, Andy uses organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business, and has published over a dozen books and over ninety articles and book chapters on the topic. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design, and the Amoco Corporation.Andy led a team of graduate students from The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment in their sustainability study in 2009. The report was delivered the next year.

The Catholic Climate Covenant seeks to show respect for God’s creation by focusing on the link between creation and poverty embodied in the life and ministry of St. Francis and the words of the Psalmist: “The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds.” (Ps 24:1)The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, whose participants include a dozen national Catholic organizations including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, launched The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor to encourage greater personal and shared engagement by the Catholic community to respond to the impacts of climate change. This unprecedented initiative offers Catholics a concrete way to live out our faith by caring for God’s creation and the “least of these” in response to the challenges of global climate change. Pope Benedict XVI is leading these efforts: “Our earth speaks to us, and we must listen if we want to survive.”

• Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, they fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Their motto, “Save the Bay,” is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. CBF supports the sustainability work at Holy Cross Abbey through the work of Bobby Whitescarver.

• The Civil War Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Through educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives, the Trust seeks to inform the public about the vital role these battlefields played in determining the course of our nation’s history.The Battle of Cool Spring was fought on the grounds of Holy Cross Abbey and Shenandoah University’s property across the river in 1864. Both tracts are preserved in perpetuity by a conservation easement1 from The Civil War Trust.

Clarke County is where Holy Cross Abbey is located. The monastery is a valued member of this conservation-minded county that values open spaces, like Cool Spring Farm. The website contains great local information.

Crawford Media Services, managed the post production of Saving Place, Saving Grace, for Picture Farmer Films.  Crawford is a privately owned company providing end-to-end creative and post-production services. They also provide and engineer solutions for mass migration of legacy content to digital formats, storage and archiving, media asset management, and e-commerce enabled on-line publishing. Since 1981, Crawford has been one of the most highly regarded media services companies in the country. Their reputation is built on a solid foundation of superior customer service combined with creative and technical excellence. From Emmy’s to Peabody Awards, their Wall of Acclaim attests to a passion for their clients’ success.

Downstream Project – The mission of The Downstream Project is to promote natural resource conservation by stimulating awareness, action and alliances through visual arts and technology. Services include message and identity development, website design, video production, and social media integration. Downstream is based in Berryville Virginia. “We all live downstream.”

• We are pleased to have David Van Deventer and Morgan Morrison, of Furnace Mountain, on our team to score original music for Saving Place, Saving Grace.

• David Van Deventer (a.k.a. Fiddlin’ Dave) has been studying the folk origins of the fiddle for over 25 years. David is Co-owner of Shepherds Ford Productions, the company that produces the world famous Watermelon Park Fest every year. He is a fiddle and mandolin instructor, as well as an active member of the Woodshedders and David Via and Corn Tornado. Other notable artists he has played and recorded with are Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Cracker, and The Country Gentlemen, to name a few.

• Morgan Morrison comes from a family of rich musical diversity and acclaim. Her Uncle was the late great John Carisi, whose Jazz composition “Isreal” was recorded by Miles Davis (birth of the cool), Bill Evans and, Gill Evans. Morgan gained a passion for the old time music of Virginia in her teens, at the various music festivals across the state, but her musical interests span many genres. She has been playing the guitar for 20 years, and the Bouzouki for 15, and singing her whole life.

Great Country Farms offers a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that offers memberships for 20 weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm leases land from the monks to grow some of their seasonal crops. The website has information about the CSA as well as other programs and news.

Holy Cross Abbey (HCA). The website has great information about current news, worship services, history, vocation, and taking part. There is also information about specific areas that help sustain the community like the retreat house, gift shop, and green cemetery.

InFaith Publishing Group is a small, specialized publisher with offices in Winchester, Virginia. Publications are designed to help Catholics live their faith more fully. All the content is reliable, orthodox, and follows the guidance of the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Priests, pastors, and educators across the country reach everyone in their parish families throughout the year, in Spanish or English, with a cheerful, friendly, faith-based message.  

• At the University of Michigan, The School of Natural Resources and Environment‘s  overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching and outreach, faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.A team of graduate students from The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment conducted a sustainability study in 2009.  For a year, they evaluated the monastery’s land use, energy, water, solid waste, toxics, economies, food, and buildings. The project’s report, “Holy Cross Abbey; Re-Inhabiting Place,”2 yielded extensive findings and identified detailed problems calling for urgent attention and rethinking. It also recommended several constructive actions for enhancing the community’s sustainability efforts. The monks began to evaluate their unique position in the local, regional, and global environment and to envision a more sustainable ecology, community, and economy.

• Jonathan Wickham, co-founder of ZoëTV, serves as a story writer consultant to Picture Farmer Films. Jonathan has written, produced and directed documentaries on a wide range of subjects, from exploring shipwrecks to living on the moon.  Those programs have appeared on national channels like PBS’ NOVA, National Geographic and History Channel and on local PBS stations in Georgia. Jonathan has won a number of awards for his work, among them, the 2014 Southeast Emmy Award for Best Documentary on a Topical Subject for Chattahoochee Unplugged, highly relevant for our current film project.

• Kevin Raullerson, founder of Twiga Associates, Inc., serves as the Director of Photography (DP) for Picture Farmer Films. He is an experienced, and award winning Freelance DP specializing in documentary film.  Kevin began his career as an ENG Photojournalist with CNN and also as DP/ Camera Operator for Professional Video Service Corporation, in Washington DC.  In addition to his documentaries, Kevin also has broadcast features credits with ESPN, HBO Real Sports, and NBC Universal.

• Maria Nicklin, founder of Furyworks Productions, designed and produced Picture Farmer Films’ branding. Furyworks Productions is a small studio specializing in custom, hand-lettered logo design and illustration using a combination of traditional and modern techniques.

Mesh Omnimedia worked side-by-side in developing and producing Picture Farmer Film’s website. The firm offers cutting edge, creative media design in unique, integrated configurations that fulfill communication needs—comprised of any combination of live events, collaborative Web applications, Internet communications, audiovisual mediums, and print. Mesh was recently named the winner in the Technology category at the 20th Annual Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards.

• Nancy Sanders, serves as Editor for Picture Farmer Films. She has worked extensively with conservation-focused projects including producing over 100 narrative videos on National Geographic tours for Lindblad Expeditions. She works with Downstream Project in Berryville VA on stories of conservation within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, helping to produce Farmers to the Bay and the Gaining Ground videos. For examples of her work, visit:

Natural Resource Conservation Service. The website has a wealth of information about agricultural and natural resource programs offered by the federal government. Holy Cross Abbey is participating in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Project also known as CREP.

• The Order of Cistercians of The Strict Observance (OCSO). The website provides information about its history and information about the monasteries worldwide. The Trappist monks of Holy Cross Abbey are part of this organization.

• Robert “Bobby” Whitescarver is Holy Cross Abbey’s natural resource consultant. Bobby is a retired field conservationist with 31 years of experience with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has extensive experience with designing and implementing livestock grazing systems that keep the livestock out of the streams and provide them with alternative watering systems. He has been involved with almost 500 miles of stream bank protection work and helped landowners plant almost a half a million trees. Wildlife habitat is one of Bobby’s specialties as he has helped landowners establish and maintain over a thousand acres of native prairie.  Visit Bobby’s website and blog for terrific resources.

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat is located across the river from Holy Cross Abbey just north of the Shenandoah University property. The three neighbors are stewards of nearly 3,000 acres of riverfront and mountain lands.Rolling Ridge Retreat is an ecumenical faith community located on 1,400 acres of wilderness south of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. They are one of three groups affiliated with the Rolling Ridge Foundation, which owns the land. Together they maintain it as a wilderness preserve in which people of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond can experience healing of body and spirit. Everyone is welcome.

• The Shenandoah River is the largest river that flows into the Potomac River. Shenandoah Riverkeeper uses community action and enforcement to protect and restore water quality in the Shenandoah Valley for people, fish, and aquatic life. They work to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. They stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment. The website is a good resource about the watershed, programs, and how to get involved.

• The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is a resource for soil, water, and land conservation. The website also is a resource for environmental education, natural heritage, and recreation planning; not to mention information about Virginia’s many state parks and trails.

• The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is good resource for information about fish and wildlife that are part of the ecosystem at Holy Cross Abbey. The website contains good information about wildlife watching, habitat, and education.