Our Mission and Beliefs

Mission Statement

Guided by our faith and ethics, we are dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.

Located north of Ames, IA, we have a small CSA and also grow food for the shelters and soup kitchens in the area.

Our Beliefs

We believe in…

Service to our community

  • Growing food for those in need
  • Solidarity with the poor – living in simplicity and in service
  • Growing good food for sale/ CSA
  • Community events
  • Land stewardship
    In contrast to predominate modern farming practices we are trying to farm in a way that rebuilds and creates living soil. We attempt to balance multiple interconnected farming methods in order to create a farming system that closely mimics nature.

    • Crop Rotation
    • Green manure and cover crops
    • Permaculture and perennial crops
    • Beneficial insect and animal habitat
    • Erosion control
    • Protection of waterways
    • No harmful petrol-derived pesticides, herbicide, or fertilizers

    Hospitality

    • Hospitality to the those in need
    • Hospitality for learners
    • Spiritually open and nurturing
    • Education about farming, environmental, social justice issues through roundtable discussions and work

    Nonviolence

    • Cooperative decision making/ Consensus
    • Leadership to each in arenas of passion or expertise
    • Respect for the dignity of all beings
    • Resisting the works of war
    • Kindness, patience, and humor

    Sustainability

    • Decrease our dependence on fossil fuels: walk, bicycle, solar and wind power, manual labor, conservation
    • Growing our own food vegetables, fruit, grains, protein
    • Green building practices