good food, good stewardship, good company
Good Courage Farm is the adventure of our lifetimes.
We — Kerri (the farmer-priest) and Jen (the farmer-scholar) — left our life in the San Francisco Bay area to fulfill a shared vision of a farm that could sustain a community by feeding it and nurturing it in body, mind and spirit. We look forward to the unfolding of this dream in the years to come. First, we’ll be working on getting our feet under us as farmers, learning about growing food in the face of climate breakdown. Along the way, we’ll be looking to meet people and make connections so that we can share the fruits of our labor.
Kerri is an ordained Episcopal priest, a Master Gardener and a lifelong educator. Jen holds a doctorate degree in Human Geography; her expertise is in food systems and waste systems. Both of us are musicians.
Together with friends new and old, we look forward to continuing to support the regeneration of this sweet corner of the world. We’re learning about carbon sequestration, about integrated livestock orchardry, about season extension and climate resilience. We’re preparing a space for people of faith to gather and give one another courage for living.
The name of the farm, in case you’re wondering, comes from a prayer that is offered as a sending benediction when people leave the wondrous place called Holden Village, a remote community of Christians in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. It’s the prayer that has accompanied us on the journey to this new shared life on the farm:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
what we hope to do together
We can’t know completely what we’ll be able to accomplish until we meet all the people whose hearts and hands will help shape this farm. But here are some of our specific hopes:
Organic fruit CSA with solidarity shares for people with limited access to healthy produce
Education programs on the farm that explore the intersections of ecology, economy, justice and beauty.
Collaboration with neighbors and area organizations that are also working to create a more sustainable food system.