First Fruits Farm was born in 1998 when the Bernstein family moved to a farm in northern Baltimore County with the idea that they would plant and harvest their fields using a volunteer work force and donate the resulting fresh produce to organizations serving needy individuals and families in their community. Hereford United Methodist Church backed the farm until 2004, when First Fruits Farm, Inc. was granted its own tax-exempt status, organized a board of directors and officers, and began operating as a freestanding nonprofit organization.
Rick and Carol are quick to give all the glory to God and are grateful for the many volunteers who support the farm. And while it does take a village to make First Fruits Farm work, the Bernsteins rely on God for each aspect of the ministry. First Fruits Farm’s story has inspired many over the past 15 years, so much so that several wonderful articles have featured First Fruits Farm, including a Guideposts article in 2008 and two North County News articles published in 2004 and 2007.