Who We Are
strengthen // educate // encourage
We are Barnabas Farmworks.
As a part of Barnabas Family Ministries, our mission is to strengthen, educate, and encourage families.
Our approach is through food. We view the entire journey of food, from the moment a seed is dropped into the soil to the meal that it provides, as a powerful opportunity to grow family, relationships, and community. Motivating this unconventional approach is our faith. We are constantly amazed and inspired by the ways that Christ used food to invite and facilitate community and we strive in everything we do to practically live by that example.
How do we grow food that strengthens our bodies, but also the ground it came from? How do the decisions we make surrounding food grow our families, relationships, and communities? How do we steward the resources we've been given, creating products while minimizing waste? We are always asking these questions about sustainability, not because it is today's buzzword, but because we feel called to care for this fine Earth.
Nothing gets us more excited than learning how to grow great food and create quality products, except maybe sharing that information. We love finding ways to pass on what we are learning, whether it's a casual conversation with a curious passerby while pausing for a drink, an afternoon spent kneeling in the dirt next to a child, or hands-on teaching in our growing internship program.
At the core of who we are is a deeply rooted desire and calling to encourage. So central to who we are, it's in our name. Whether we're sharing the wonder of a honeybee with a child or exploring creative and innovative approaches to resource management with our interns, we seek to encourage and inspire a generation that cares deeply for the incredible gift of food and the land that it comes from.
One of the most fun-loving, caring, and down-to-earth people you'll ever meet, Kim is the gal who makes this place run. A true student of the game, she is always researching and trying out new things. Once she inadvertently grew the "Russian Roulette" of fiery hot peppers in the greenhouse. She may have forgotten to mention this fact to Phil and Thomas.
Poet, bread-maker, and budding charcutier, Christoph brings his love of all things culinary and literary to our farm team this season. Passionate and sincere, with a refreshing side of silliness, when he isn't leading tours of the farm or regaling us with fun facts about everything from bahn mi to idioms, we can usually catch Christoph training chickens to perch on his head.
Resident brain expert, fence-patcher, and rescuer of flowers hiding amongst the weeds, Jackie joins our crew this summer with her dynamic spunk. Eager, willing, and endlessly curious, we're just as likely to find Jackie reciting the names of all the varieties of kale in the garden and transplanting up a storm of seedlings as we are to find her tying rebar and pouring concrete.
Servant-hearted, playful, and welcoming Tara-Lynn joins us this summer with her daughter, Elsie, our newest mini-farmer! Always up for an adventure or some innocent mischief, Tara-Lynn is the first to suggest a post-work dip in the ocean or a rabbit-smuggling operation. With drivenness and a get-'er-done attitude, Tara-Lynn's love of water is matched only by her love of whiteboards and to-do lists.
Kind-hearted Stephanie joins us this year as our very own mini-farmer wrangler. Teacher-to-be, Stephanie combines her love of the outdoors and kids while herding Elsie and Kai through farm chores and all kinds of adventures. Full of skills and surprises, Stephanie impresses us daily, whether it's with her musical giftings, her painting, or her current Guinness World Record for the longest continuous futsal (indoor soccer) game!
This guy. Boy, do we like him a lot. He’s the brains behind the website, the eye behind the photographs, and the keen and discerning voice of literary reason behind the words you see here (come to think of it, he's the keen and discerning voice of every kind of reason around here.) He’s pretty great. And did we mention that he’s an engineer too?