Sacredness of all creation: All people, living things, and places are sacred because they are created by God.
Health: The health of land, plants, animals, and people are inextricable. Healthy food is a right, not a privilege.
Reconciliation: We practice agriculture as a means of reconciling ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our land to one another and to God. We do this because we believe that many of our community’s deepest wounds (such as racism, classism, environmental degradation) stem from an agricultural history broken by slavery, factory farming, and inequitable land practices.
Nonviolence and Restorative Justice: Violence in rural communities is a manifestation of poverty, and poverty is often a consequence of economic marginalization. We believe harmful choices are best confronted by providing opportunity rather than simply punishment.
Agrarianism: Agriculture provides a profound way of understanding our place in creation, connecting with the land, and unifying people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic contexts. Agrarianism uses agriculture as a lens for interpreting theological, philosophical, political, and economic systems.
Reciprocity: Reciprocity is the foundation of community. All of us thrive when we have opportunities to give and receive.