Founders

“The end is reconciliation, the end is redemption, the end is the creation of The Beloved Community.”

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Anika T. Prather

Dr. Anika Prather is also the founder of The Living Water School (www.thelwschool.org) which follows the Sudbury Model. The Sudbury model encourages students to be independent citizens of their school community. They are encouraged to respect each other, their community and to be self motivated to reach their own goals. Anika has earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education. She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College and has completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has served as a teacher, director of education and the Head of School for public and Christian schools. Her desire to develop The Beloved Community Farm is to create a space where all ages, races, backgrounds, etc. can come together through God’s unconditional love. By gardening together; caring for animals; sharing meals, dialogue over great literature, social justice issues, faith; other activities/events; overall fellowship it is our hope to walk in Martin Luther King’s vision of creating The Beloved Community. Her main focus on the farm is animal husbandry. Currently she raises the angora rabbits and plans to add other fiber animals as the farm grows and relocates to a larger property in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Damon M. Prather

Damon has earned his degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has also earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Information Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins. He also has tutored in the math and sciences to students in high school and college. His main focus is the chemistry behind the medicinal uses of essential oils and growing herbs. He is famous for making his special mint tea out of fresh mint. He also loves to use rabbit poop to fertilize the grass!