Last Saturday, 15 folks affiliated with St. John’s visited Good Courage Farm in Hutchinson, MN. On its webpage (https://www.goodcourage.farm/), the farm describes itself as follows:
Good Courage Farm is the faith-filled response of the Rev. Kerri Meyer and Dr. Jen Blecha to the call of the Holy Spirit to join in the renewal of God’s good earth and to follow Christ’s example of feeding all who hunger.
The farm uses organic and increasingly-regenerative methods to grow lots of perennial food crops. The 18-acre farmstead is home to chickens, ducks, goats and a few stray peafowl, as well as to myriad nations of other creatures – songbirds, frogs, snakes, grasshoppers, bats and more.
The barn, built in 1927, houses worship services and fellowship events. We sing morning and evening prayer in our silo chapel. The Well House offers a quiet space for individuals on spiritual retreat.
We departed the Cities early in order to arrive and enjoy a delicious and reflective morning of Pie + Prayer, led by Mother Kerri. She then gave us a tour of the farm to learn about the many perennial food crops they grow on the farm (including many varieties of apples, pears, asparagus, grapes, currants, sea berries, etc.). We learned about the intersections between sustainable agriculture, relationships, living wages, healthy living, and spiritual practices. We enjoyed fellowship with the farm staff over lunch, and then assisted with some chores: mulching grapevines, peeling/coring apples, and doing dishes. Our visit concluded with amazing farm-made ice cream and black currant and/or gooseberry sauce – simply heavenly!
All participants came to a greater understanding and appreciation for the farm’s programs, and several attendees said they’d like to return and/or remain engaged with this important ministry. We hope to sponsor other trips to the farm – stay tuned for future opportunities or contact them if you’d like to visit!