Know Your Roots
- Koinonia Farm
- 1324 GA Highway 49 South Americus, Georgia 31719
- Morgan House - $35.00 Atkinson House - $35.00 Wittkamper House - $35.00 Jordan House - $35.00 Fuller House - $35.00 Browne Duplex (women only) - $35.00 Jackson Duplex - $35.00 Jubilee House - $35.00
We invite Habitat and Fuller Center staff, board and homeowners to spend time at the birthplace of your organizations — the recommended stay is a minimum of two nights, but we can accommodate up to a full week. We recommend a minimum of four participants.
Koinonia will work with you to design the agenda for your stay. Perhaps you will want time for rest and reflection. The farm is a quiet and beautiful place. The work you do is important — you take care of many people. We encourage you to take time to care for yourself. This is a wonderful setting in which to do just that.
Should your group want more activity we are happy to oblige. You can build work on the farm into your day. If you would like to include talks given by Koinonia members, you may select from a variety of options, which include topics such as how the partnership housing movement got its start, the ideas and Scriptures that helped shape Habitat and the Fuller Center and more. Outings to various sites of interest can also be a part of your stay.
- Please make your reservations at least 1 month in advance. Space is limited.
- Lunch is Monday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Thursday. You may request a light Continental Breakfast each morning of your visit.
- You are welcome to attend our daily chapel services and our Sunday Gathered Worship.
- You may want to schedule visits to other sites in the area during your stay — Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, Café Campesino Fair Trade Roastery, Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm, Providence Canyon, Andersonville National Historic Site, Albany Civil Rights Institute and more.
Love through service to others, joy through generous hospitality, peace through reconciliation.
Venue HighlightsFor the past 75 years, Koinonia Farm in SW Georgia has been a radical experiment in Christian living, depending on your definition of "radical". It would be easy to miss the entrance to Koinonia Farm. Nine miles south of Plains, Georgia, on a quiet stretch of Georgia State Route 49, past rusted tractors, houses fluctuating between stateliness and disrepair, and innumerable Baptist churches, the sudden pull-off to Koinonia is marked only by a plain wooden sign, embellished with the name of the farm, a cross, and an arrow pointing across the street to a dirt drive. Turning into the drive, you might see an older white man in dusty overalls, hauling a wheelbarrow; or an African-American woman wearing an elastic hairnet, carrying a tray of baked goods; or others of all ages and ethnicities. You would see a scattering of small but attractive houses and workshops, farm equipment, and hundreds of acres of serene pasture. It is difficult to imagine that, nearly 60 years ago, this tiny and tranquil place drew the rage of the entire county, and faced not only economic boycotts, but persecution, isolation, and terrorism.
The farm was founded in 1942, established principally by a white Baptist minister named Clarence Jordan. Born July 29, 1912, in Talbotton, Georgia, Jordan attended University of Georgia's College of Agriculture with the mission of improving farming techniques for underprivileged farmers and sharecroppers. After earning his agriculture degree, Jordan enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving his Ph.D. in Greek New Testament in 1939. A conversant and commanding speaker, Jordan was invited to minister, teach, and lead missions in cities and towns across the South, where he preached pacifism and racial equality, often over the objections of his white colleagues.
Over the years many things have changed on the farm, but it now is a refuge for many people who want to take time out of busy lives to rest, relax, work alongside the staff and members at the farm, participate in chapel and devotional prayer times, or just read and take quiet walks in the woods and on surrounding trails. It is the birthplace for Habitat for Humanity, which moved into nearby Americus, Georgia, just about 15 minutes East of the farm. In Americus you can visit the Global Village and the original Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center offices, both established by Millard and Linda Fuller, who originally established Partnership Housing at Koinonia Farm in the late 1960's and early 1970's. There are many historic places to visit near the farm, including a trip to Plains to hear former President Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineCommunity meals are served Monday to Friday at 12 noon for lunch, and Tuesday through Thursday for dinner at 6 PM. Please let us know in advance that you are coming so we will have enough for everyone. Breakfast and other meals are on your own. All housing has at minimal a refrigerator, coffee pot, and sometimes a hotplate. If you are looking for a full kitchen, choose one of the houses. The dining hall community kitchen is also available when not in use for community meal preparation. There is a full kitchen in the "coffee house" for tent campers and RV'rs.
AccommodationsThere are 52 beds available on the farm for visitors. We have a variety of housing available for individuals, families, small groups, and large groups. We also have available space for tent and RV camping. Most guest rooms include shared bathrooms and two twin beds per room. All pillows, sheets, towels, and washcloths are provided. The room also have access to some kitchen space with a fridge, coffee pot, sink. The Fuller House has a full kitchen, dining and living area great for large groups. The smaller houses, like the Atkinson House, are great for small groups or families.
Look at the visit site to see exact room configurations and all available housing options.