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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.


strengthen

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.

educate

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 newly launched internship.

encourage

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.


kim wilkinson

farm director

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.

 

bethany del begio

intern

Dietician-to-be, Bethany has a passion for all things health and nutrition-related. Don't let the photo fool you. While she is one of the sweetest and most gentle people we have ever met, Beth has mastered the stern and unimpressed parent face and pulls it out every time our escape-artist chickens fly the coop and need a scolding.

Kayla meeking

INTERN

Lover of all things laughter-inducing, Kayla's infectious giggle and easy-going, fun-loving spirit are matched only by her depth and sincere heart for whichever community she finds herself in. When she's not climbing to the top of a cherry tree in 3 seconds flat, Kayla-the-chicken-whisperer can be found playing tag with all 74 egg-laying Beckies (Kayla wins every time.)

thomas sanz

creative dude

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?

vanessa dow

chef

Head chef and creative genius behind many of the Farmworks products, Vanessa works her magic in the kitchen, turning the farm bounty into all manner of preserves. When Kim sheepishly deposits an outrageous number of cucumbers in Vanessa’s cooler, Vanessa turns around and makes the best dang pickles you’ve ever tasted.

kai DOW

director of distraction

Our favourite daily distraction, Kai swings by the farm on the regular to check on the chickens, practice his watering can technique, and see if he can sneak off with the tractor without anyone noticing. He's the only person we know who figured out how to drive a golf cart before he could form a sentence (now if only he was tall enough to reach the gas pedal and the steering wheel at the same time...)