In Memoriam: Coyote Creek Farm Founder Jeremiah Cunningham

Celebration of Life planned for Friday, August 9

“We’re made in the image of the soil.” – Jerry Cunningham, April 2013

Jerry Cunningham in April 2013 at the Slow Money National Conference in Boulder, CO (Courtesy of Slow Money)

Friends, family, and an adoring community will gather to celebrate the life of Jeremiah Cunningham (Jerry to friends) on Friday, August 9 at his beloved Coyote Creek Farm in Elgin. The man described as a trail-blazing pioneer and a gentleman, died Tuesday, August 6 at the age of 76, after a battle with cancer.

A charming orator of incredible skill, Jerry's tireless mission for sustainability, organic farming and ranching, and the humane treatment of animals forged new pathways in the field and will continue to strengthen the sustainable food movement. Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill, established in 2007, was the first certified organic feed mill in Texas. His Coyote Creek Organic Farm, located on the same plot of land in Elgin, is home to 10,000 plus pastured chickens. His happy, healthy hens lay Jeremiah Cunningham's World's Best Eggs, named and classified as such because the ethics and quality of Jerry's hard work and beliefs are evident in every dozen. Jerry was active in Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Slow Money, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and Austin Permaculture Guild. He was also a huge fan of books and basketball.

An instant friend to everyone and a dedicated family man, Jerry is survived by the mother of his children, Karen Cunningham, his children Rob Cunningham and Kei Laliberte, his daughter-in-law Amy Cunningham and son-in-law Wayne Laliberte, his 10 cherished grandchildren, and countless friends and colleagues. Jerry also leaves behind his trusty sidekicks, his dogs Blue and Chaco.

His “tribe” of loved ones fulfilled his wish to pass peacefully and “never leave his farm again.” Visitation will be Thursday, August 8, 11am - 3pm at his home on Coyote Creek Farm. A Crossing Over Service will be held at the farm on Friday, August 9, 10am with a Celebration of Life immediately following.

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