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 serving and blessing others.
- Providing a fellowship opportunity for people of all races, 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.
Meet the Team!
Rick and Carol Bernstein
First Fruits Farm was born in 1998 when the Bernstein family moved to a farm in northern Baltimore County with the idea that they would plant and harvest their fields using a volunteer work force and donate the resulting fresh produce to organizations serving needy individuals and families 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 a freestanding 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. First Fruits Farm’s story has inspired many over the past 15 years, so much so that several wonderful articles have featured First Fruits Farm, including a Guideposts article in 2008 and two North County News articles published in 2004 and 2007.
In 2019, after many years of prayerful consideration and because of the generosity of many donors, First Fruits Farm moved to our new headquarters, located at 20431 Middletown Road, Freeland, MD 21053. This new 203 acre farm property will allow us to expand our ministry even further to serve more people in Jesus’ name.
First Fruits Farmhands
First Fruits Farm has a dedicated volunteer team of farmhands that lead harvest groups and ensure day to day operations at the farm are completed. We are looking for new folks to join our hearty crew!
Visit our First Fruits Farmhands page to contact us about joining our team of year-round support.