Koinonia is a Greek word meaning "communion." (It’s pronounced "Coy-no-KNEE-uh.”) It is also translated as "community" or "fellowship." Founded in 1942 as an intentional Christian community and farm, we believed communion, community, and fellowship was for everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, religion, or anything else. We farmed and sold meat, vegetables, nuts, and fruit at the farm and at a roadside stand. When people got wind of our “radical” way of life, they cut fences, chopped down fruit trees, poured sugar into gas tanks, shot at the farm as they drove by, and bombed our roadside stand.
Eventually, a boycott against Koinonia was started and, for a period of time in the late 50s and early 60s, no one in the county or surrounding counties would buy from us. Determined to find a way to stay on the farm and continue our way of life, we turned to a mail order business. Friends from all over the U.S. and beyond were able to buy our products and support our life and work.
You are purchasing from a place that not only offers delicious pecans, chocolate, bakery goods, Fair Trade coffee and tea, thought-provoking books and DVDs, and handmade jewelry, but is also a place that has quite a story to tell. And our story is not just about what happened in the past, but what we are doing today and are hoping to do tomorrow. Our life and work is funded by purchases from our online store, at our onsite store, and through the donations we receive.
The heart of our online/direct mail order business is the bakery. It used to be called the candy kitchen. It’s a special place where people come together to make all of our delicious handmade baked goods. All of our chocolate is Fair Trade, the sugar is organic, and we are always looking to include more sustainably grown ingredients. By using fair trade, organic, natural, and sustainably produced ingredients, even our baked goods support our vision statement of love through service to others. We are always finding news ways to be sure our food remains delicious, good for the land, and good for those who grow the food and ingredients that go into our food.
Thank you for shopping with us!