Emmaus Farm History
In 2011, Sarah George signed up for a fall break service trip with the social justice office at Mount St. Mary's University, where she was a junior studying Philosophy. That service trip to the Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky, was one of the best weeks of her life. She left the Farm knowing that she was leaving a piece of her heart in Kentucky, a piece worth chasing. After finishing her college course work, she got a job at the USCCB in Washington DC. After a year in their vocations office, she wanted to spend a year of full-time service before pursuing another career. She applied to be a Farm Manager, was offered the position, and flew to Kentucky on January 2, 2014.
Sarah didn't know when her Farm Manager year began that it would be the Glenmary Farm's last. Sitting in a coffee shop in Cincinnati, OH, in July 2015 on a day off, Sarah decided that she would take on the dream that the Farm could continue volunteer service to residents of Lewis County after Glenmary's departure. That summer of 2014, encouraged by her family and her friends in Lewis County, Sarah began preliminary steps to starting Emmaus Farm. From that day in the coffee shop to this, she has continued to learn about how best to serve the needs of Lewis County and manage a volunteer program at the Farm.
For 2 years, the dream of Emmaus Farm was Sarah's passion project while she lived in Maryland and worked for her family's business. Those 2 years were spent writing a business plan, becoming incorporated, applying for nonprofit status, creating fundraising plans, raising funds, applying for grants, planning for property renovations and a new volunteer program, and connecting with anyone who could help.
Emmaus Farm Inc. was founded on March 20, 2015, purchased the Farm property in the fall of 2016, and began hosting groups in March 2017.
Now that very day two of them were going to a village . . . called Emmaus.
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
They urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened.
He stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
Excerpts from Luke 24:13–36
Our name, Emmaus Farm, comes from the Appearance on the Road to Emmaus. This narrative takes place in the Gospel of Luke after the Resurrection of Jesus. While “two of them” were walking to Emmaus, a man appeared to them asking them to recount the events of the Resurrection of this man called Jesus Christ—the man who appeared to them was Jesus but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. Our Lord appears to us in many forms, often forms we wouldn't expect or don't immediately recognize.
This is the nature of our work at The Farm: to serve the Lord as he appears to us in all forms while walking together on our journey to our own “Emmaus.” This passage of scripture encapsulates the most important focus of our ministry, the presence of God in all that we do.