Back from the Farm

Family Recipes and Memories of a Lifetime


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Philip Potempa is a journalist at the Chicago Tribune and Director of Marketing for Theatre at the Center. He is also Adjunct Instructor of Communication at Valpa-raiso University. He previously worked for The Times Newspaper of Indiana and Illinois and The Times of Northwest Indiana. Potempa studied Journalism at Valparaiso University and attended from 1988 to 1992. He lives in Chicago, Illinois now but grew up in San Pierre, Indiana. He is the son of Chester and Peggy Potempa. Philip's book, "Back from the Farm" is available on Amazon.  


The Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. (CROPS) was founded by Beverly Santicola and her mom, Ardella Paulsen, in 2004 as a nonprofit, 501c3 charitable organization. CROPS mission is to grow a new generation of leaders for the future of rural America. CROPS needs the support of individuals and philanthropists to continue its work. Currently, we are working to address poverty and homelessness on Native American reservations and to expand the San Pierre Oral History Project. Please consider a making donation to CROPS to support our rural work with youth and elders.  


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