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FARM FELLOWSHIP

Connect. Care. Change.

A Farming, Food Justice,
& Biblical Theology Program.

 

Join a small cohort of young adults to explore together what it means to follow Jesus in our time & place.

 

Grow food, feed the homeless, care for animals, manage forests, build timber-framed structures, and explore Vermont’s landscape, all while sharing meals, prayer, and the study of Scripture. 

 

We welcome young adults with big questions, seeking to understand big issues like hunger, racism, and the climate through a Biblical lens. 

Receive a Certificate of Completion from our Partner: Gordon-Conwell Institute

Farm Sustainably

Farming provides for the tangible spiritual acts of caring for creation and caring for our neighbors.  Students will consider how they can use resources of our land while examining how their work impacts the land, local economy, and people.  

Feed the Homeless

Our vegetables and eggs make their way to a kitchen that prepares nearly 1000 meals/ week for the homeless in Burlington, Vermont).   We believe Biblical view of justice involves working to make whole what’s been broken.  

Foster Community

We offer the rare and rich experience of living together with other like-minded people as we engage in meaningful work, worship, study and dialogue, recreation, and rest.   

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SUMMER
TERM

May 16- June 24 2023

In the Summer 6-week Term, experience:

  • Hands-on learning of sustainable, regenerative agriculture as you join in our work growing food for ourselves and neighbors in need. 

  • Growth that comes from living in a community committed to exploring together (through study and practice) what it looks like to have a Biblical faith in our time and place. 

 

June 25 - August 8 2023

Summer Term Students have an option of staying on to work in one of our summer ministries:

  • Christian outdoor experiential education

  • Sustainable Farming for our neighbors in need

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FALL
TERM

September 4- November 10 2023

In the Fall 10-week Term, experience:

  • Hands-on learning of storing up crops, building a timber framed sugar house with wood harvested in our property,  managing animals and pasture sustainably.

  • Exploring Vermont landscape through a wilderness trip.

  • Explore issues of food justice through discussion and visiting Vermont organizations tackling issues of food insecurity in unique ways.

  • In depth exploration and practice  of what it looks like to follow Jesus in our time and place.

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SPRING
TERM

TBD 2024

In the Spring 10-week Term, experience:

  • Hands-on learning of forest care and management, sugaring (from tapping, to boiling, to canning syrup), animal care in birthing season, garden planning and starting plants.

  • Students who have completed the Fall Term are invited stay on to develop an Action Project or fill a leadership position.

  • In depth exploration and practice  of what it looks like to follow Jesus in our time and place.

CONNECT. CARE. CHANGE.

Come  experience the change that comes when you:

  • connect in a real way with God, others, and creation. 

  • care for others’ needs as we care for and nurture the land.  

  • engage with big questions—seeking to understand how to care for big issues like hunger, racism, and the climate through a Biblical lens.

Leave with a more rooted faith:  inspired and equipped to bring change to our world through following Christ’s peacemaking way.

Central Program Components:

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FARMING & FOOD SYSTEMS

"Tending and Keeping" (Gen. 2.25)

While learning how to care for animals and grow  food for ourselves and our neighbors, students will continually ask the question, “How can we make this place thrive for a long time?” Drawing upon the principles of sustainable farming, students will seek better, humbler ways of carrying out humanity's original vocation of “tending and keeping” (Gen 2:25).  We will also examine broader social issues connected to food systems, hunger, and health in light of Jesus’ teachings.

FOREST MANAGEMENT & CARPENTRY

Biblical Relationship to the Earth

Managing our 200+ acres of forest in a way that it can thrive for generations,  we harvest our wood for heat and building projects from our own land.  The four seasons in the Vermont woods provide a variety of meaningful work from managing wildlife habitat to tapping our trees for making maple syrup.   Students will learn basic forestry and carpentry skills while examining our relationship to the earth and community  through a Biblical lens.

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FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY & BIBLICAL STUDY

Bring Intention

In this time of constant input and data, our program offers time away to ask big questions.  Within the rhythms of community prayer and work, we dig deep into the truths of Scripture and discern how to follow Jesus in our time and place.  Students gather for regular times of worship and guided conversations on topics of Christian community, discipleship, and Biblical justice.

WILDERNESS EXPLORATION

Challenge and Restoration

Alongside learning and work, we also explore and enjoy the mountains, rivers, and lakes right in our neighborhood.  Students will join experienced staff in cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, canoeing, hiking, and multi-day backpacking trips.  We believe that wilderness provides not only exercise, challenge, and recreation, but also a needed space away from distraction for reflection, prayer, and spiritual growth.