Koinonia History

Koinonia Farm is an intentional Christian community located in rural southwest Georgia.

Our Vision:
LOVE through service to others;
JOY through generous hospitality;
PEACE through reconciliation.

Our Mission:
We are Christians called to live together in intentional community sharing a life of prayer, work, study, service and fellowship. We seek to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing. While honoring people of all backgrounds and faiths, we strive to demonstrate the way of Jesus as an alternative to materialism, militarism and racism.

Koinonia is an intentional Christian community, founded in 1942 by Clarence and Florence Jordan. Its principal work in early days was to provide resources and education for impoverished sharecroppers in the area, and farm workers it hired were paid equally, eating and worshipping together regardless of race. For its belief in this brotherhood, as well as for its pacifism and economic sharing, the community endured persecution (including boycotts, threats, sabotage, and bullets). Koinonia survived to become the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity and several other social justice projects, including Jubilee Partners, the Fuller Center for Housing, and the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition.

Members live in intentional community, making time to pray, work, study, serve and fellowship together daily. Our 573 acres of land in rural Georgia are home to large pecan orchards; pasture for grass-fed beef; organic gardens; two villages of Partnership Housing; wooded areas including a Peace Trail; and the main campus, with a museum, store, woodshop and ceramic shop, bakery, dining hall, office, and community housing. Koinonia operates its farm, bakery, and mail order business in order to support our ministries and sustain our community. We care about the earth and strive to live simply and sustainably.

Our ministries include programs for youth and elders; a homeschooling cooperative; assistance to our neighbors on home repair projects; a community intern program offering people the experience of living in intentional Christian community; local social justice projects; and classes and seminars on permaculture, peace and justice issues, Koinonia history, and exploration of the Christian faith. We are sustained through the labor and prayers or our community and its supporters, by sales of our home-grown, hand-made products, farm revenues, and donations.

Year-round, individuals and groups share in Koinonia’s life, work, and open-minded worship by coming to visit, retreat, or serve as interns. We are open to people of all faiths. We have guest housing and RV accessibility. Visitors and interns serve alongside our community members in baking and shipping mail order products, farm and garden and grounds work, office tasks, serving children and seniors at our community outreach center, helping with the upkeep of our buildings and the homes of our neighbors, and much more.

As Koinonia is in the midst of our 7th decade, our vision is to continue living the legacy of Clarence Jordan and the early Koinonians, responding to the same spirit that moved our founders, as we adapt to the challenges and struggles of the twenty-first century.

Koinonia—from the ancient Greek, is usually translated as fellowship or community.


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