First Fruits Farm was born in 1998 when the Bernstein family moved to a farm in northern Baltimore County. The idea was that they would plant and harvest their fields using a volunteer work force and donate the resulting fresh produce to organizations serving needy families and individuals in their community.
Hereford United Methodist Church backed the farm until 2004, when First Fruits Farm, Inc. was granted its own tax-exempt status, organized a board of directors and officers, and began operating as an official nonprofit organization.
Rick and Carol are quick to give all the glory to God and are grateful for the many volunteers who support the farm. And while it does take a village to make First Fruits Farm work, the Bernsteins rely on God for each aspect of the ministry. The Farm's story has inspired many over the years, and word of our ministry has spread thanks to articles in numerous local publications, along with media coverage and accolades given in acknowledgment of the Farm's good work. Click here to read these articles and more.
In 2019, after many years of prayerful consideration and gracious benefactors, First Fruits Farm moved to our current home in Freeland. This 203-acre farm property allowed us to expand our ministry even further and ultimately our ability to
GROW MORE - GIVE MORE - SERVE MORE in Jesus’ name.
To cultivate the sustainable miracle of food to meet each person’s hunger for nourishment, service, and inspiration.
First Fruits Farm exists to advance the Kingdom of God on earth by:
Growing and giving food to those in need in Jesus’ name.
Bringing together volunteers from diverse backgrounds to share a time of service and blessing others.
Providing a fellowship opportunity for people from all backgrounds without regard to race, socio-economic classes, and religious affiliations in a natural setting that demonstrates God’s grace and the love of Christ.
Offering a regular opportunity for Christian servant leadership.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
- Psalm 34:8