Media joins attack on Christian college’s educational farm

The Tennessean newspaper published a bad piece of journalism critiquing Trevecca Nazarene University over its Trevecca Urban Farm. The farm’s stated mission is this: Trevecca Urban Farm educates and inspires students and neighbors to grow their own food, to eat locally, and to build community around the work of local food.

But the Tennessean ran with a disgruntled donor’s attacks on the university. She had donated goats and pigs to the urban farm because she was losing her own farm. The university’s response to her allegations were buried at the end of the very long story; any journalist can tell you that very few people read to the end of a long story. The story also threw in any kind of complaint the paper could dig up from animal activists.

The farm posted this response on Facebook:

The farm has come under attack from a disgruntled donor and, sadly, the paper was willing to publish her false allegations despite the contradicting voices of veterinarians, auditors, and those many volunteers and visitors who frequent our farm. Friends, if you know our farm, overwhelm with light and truth

The university published a response, as well, on its website:


FOR THE TENNESSEAN STORY: Trevecca farm criticized for animal deaths.


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