Do you have a farm?
Some might call it a garden, but we think of it as one of Austin’s great little “urban farms”! We’re so grateful to be in partnership with Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and the Progress School to share some land where we can plant and grow together. We’re quickly growing into our new space, where we’ve been worshiping and farming since October 2016, expanding our beautiful garden beds and putting more and more seeds into the ground. It is located at 2200 Justin Ln, Austin, TX, 78757. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Who can come to Farm Church?
Everyone is welcome at Farm Church! As you can see, Farm Church isn’t like your typical church with a sanctuary, altar, pews, and piano. The land is our sanctuary and our altar might be a folding table or a stack of milk-crates. We sit on stools and camp chairs, and we make music with the best instrument God gave us–our voices. If that sounds good to you, then you’d probably like hanging out with us. We welcome young and old, and everything in between. Families with kids of all ages are encouraged to participate and there is a job on the farm no matter how young or old you may be. We are an LGBTQ inclusive community, and though we are affiliated with the Episcopal church, there is no religious or denominational requirement to join us on the farm.
What kind of worship do you do?
When we worship on the farm we sing songs that draw our hearts and minds to God; we read the story of Jesus and of our spiritual ancestors in the Bible; we pray for each other, our community, and the world; and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper by blessing bread and wine which we share in remembrance of God’s love for us given through Jesus Christ. If you want to get technical, our liturgical resources come from the Episcopal tradition, but no familiarity with those is necessary for full participation in our worship.
What about the meal?
The meal we share at Farm Church is an important part of our time together. It’s where we sit down and hear a word of scripture, reflect on our work in the garden, and pray for the needs of our world, our community, and ourselves. This is where we get to share with each other our own experiences of faith–whether that’s trying to live out the call of discipleship or asking who Jesus is–and eat a tasty meal. Our meal is usually pretty simple, like soup, sandwiches, or breakfast tacos, and always has a vegetarian option. Now that we’re starting to harvest food from our own garden, we are able to incorporate that into our meals, too, which really strengthens the connections we make between ourselves, God, and the land. If you are planning to come and have particular dietary needs, please reach out to us and let us know so we can make sure we have a great meal that everyone can eat. Contact Brin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of work do you do on the farm?
We do it all, from planting seeds and starts, to pulling weeds and shoveling mulch, and hope to someday be tending some chickens. We try to be the best caretakers of the land that we can be, honoring the belief that all things come from God. So whether we’re assembling picnic tables (hopefully this spring!) or turning the compost, we always leave with dirt under our fingernails, a full belly, and new connections made with the land, with God, and with each other.
What should I wear/bring/know?
No prior experience with gardening or farm work is required. Everything you need to know can be taught when you arrive. Since we will be working–either on the farm, or preparing the meal–you’ll want to wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. We highly recommend wearing pants, and close-toed shoes are strongly encouraged as there are lots of biting things around Austin. We are committed to limiting our waste, so please bring a water bottle to refill, and if possible, your own plates and utensils for our meal.
What does Farm Church need from me?
- Bug spray & sun screen
- Water containers, reusable cups, and cloth napkins
- Cash cards to Trader Joe’s or Costco for purchasing the ingredients for our meals
- First aid kit
- Musicians – guitar, banjo, ukulele, flute
- Cash donations
- A farm!
- Your prayers, your presence, your participation