Jarred serves as the Program Coordinator for the Rural Faith Community Organizing Initiative, as part of the Come to the Table program. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, Jarred worked as the Service and Outreach Coordinator at North Raleigh Community Church, helping to organize and lead several racial justice-based initiatives and programs. He holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and as a World Vision Fellow coordinated awareness campaigns focusing on migrant farmworker issues. Jarred enjoys improv training, cooking, and spending time camping and in nature.
Through mutually beneficial and self-sustaining farm and faith relationships, congregations across the state are able to participate in the building of thriving local food systems and economies while also engaging in relational ministries with farmers in their communities.
As a celebration of partnership and community, Wake County held its fifth Blessing of the Land gathering at Brown Family Farm. Usually at the beginning of the season, the Blessing of the Land is a chance for shareholders, farmers, and community members to gather on the farmer’s land and bless it for the coming season.
Come to the Table's mission is to empower faith communities to participate in the creation of a just food system. In light of our mission, we are excited to offer up to six small grants to rural United Methodist Churches to support mutually beneficial partnerships with farmers of color from RAFI-USA's Farmers of Color Network.
RAFI-USA's Farm and Faith Partnerships Project is hosting an informational session for pastors, lay leaders, and volunteers regarding how you can connect with a local farmer of color in your area to purchase goods from.
To launch RAFI-USA's new community partnership between three farmers of color and eight churches in Wake County, a blessing of the land ceremony was held on March 4, 2021. This CSA will bring in $20,000 for local farmers.
Clergy are trained to minister to others, often at the expense of the themselves and their families. In the wake of a pandemic and political turmoil, clergy are called upon to re-imagine personal and community financial well-being and to minister to the wounds created by fiscal trauma and economic inequity.