The mission of Dirt ’N’ Nails Farms Inc. is to serve as Christ would serve: To become servants of Christ (Matthew 20:28, Mark 16:20); to feed the physically and spiritually hungry (Psalm 37:25, John 6:35); to shelter, clothe, and attend to the lost and suffering (John 21:15-17); and to spread the Gospel to all whom we touch along the way (Matthew 28:19-20).
What this means to us is that we strive to break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing education and counseling in self-sufficiency and sustainability, whether it be in shelters, food banks, and meal centers throughout a metro area or via a future planned series of farms. Further, we do this while keeping in mind that we live in a broken world full of broken people, all with their own stories to tell and past sins that haunt them. Part of recovering from homelessness is recovering from whatever trauma brought the family to homelessness and recovering from the homelessness itself. A homeless family can be new to being homeless or could be a second, third, or even fourth generation in a cycle of homelessness. And the stereotypes of mental illness and drug abuse do not apply to a majority of homeless people, though depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are common.
This is why we focus specifically on the needs of homeless families and struggling low-income families trying to keep their homes.