Who We Are
Jubilee Farms is a church within the United Church of Christ (UCC), to learn more about the UCC denomination please click here: http://www.ucc.org/about-us_who-we-are . Jubilee Farms United Church of Christ is an open and affirming congregation, meaning we welcome every person regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or beliefs. One of the tenants of the UCC is “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here”! Radical hospitality and the belief that all are made in God’s image are underpinnings of our Christian faith. We are also a progressive community; the Bible is taken seriously, but not literally. We don’t believe the Bible is a history book, but rather an account of relationships, between God and God’s people, employing multiple types of literature. We do believe the Bible has lots to say about food justice and land sustainability that the Church should be taking very seriously, thus our origin. Our name has Biblical roots.
We chose the word “Jubilee” based on its context in the book of Leviticus. The term embodies multiple concepts there. The first is honoring the land by letting it rest. Today, farmland is pushed beyond its limits. We are committed to preserving the land for future generations and to not using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Therefore, we must allow the land to rest. Second, “Jubilee” embodies the idea of the land being communal. Land was returned to families, even though they couldn’t pay off their debts. They understood that the land belonged to God, they were stewards. We, too, are stewards. This land is for the benefit of our communities. Finally, the term embodied practices honored to feed the poor. If the land is communal, and we are called to be good stewards, then it follows that we provide for all members of our community. Jubilee Farms is committed to sharing the harvest.
While Jubilee Farms UCC is similar to other churches within the denomination in its theology, it differs greatly in many other ways. We are a farm church, worship is in the barn at the farm. It is outside in the pasture when weather allows. Worship attire is casual. Our mission is very clear. We are here to feed our neighbors, both those with and without financial means. We believe that God calls us to do justice (Micah 6:8), here our calling centers on food justice and land sustainability. We hope you too feel called to do justice in this way. Our faithful farm community is eager to welcome you!
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
We are indeed doing a new thing. Our mission is to provide the community, both those with financial means and those without, with locally grown produce, farmed sustainably without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers; to serve as a gathering place for the wider church community for worship, mission, education, and community building.
Our mission is being supported by both the United Church of Christ, through the financial support from our association as well as local congregations, and from generous individuals. Produce this year is being sold as weekly shares, also known as CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), to individuals who we’ve connected with primarily through local churches. In addition, shares have been purchased to be donated to local non-profits. Our goal is to sell more shares year over year, and to give more produce away year after year. Our pledge is to donate at least a tenth of what we produce, on top of what is purchased with the designation of donation. We encourage you to be a part of this “new thing” as God is steadfast and faithful in calling us to be the Church.