Place sharing is a term coined by theologian Andrew Root, who describes it as "the sanctuary of sharing one another as a way of sharing God." Justin and Allie Hymas are devoting their lives to place sharing by growing food that draws the community together. Author Shauna Niequist writes that our need for food brings us to a natural place of dependance on one another; an opportunity for open hands and hearts.
"We don't come to the table to fight or defend. We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with need and fragility, with an admission of our humanity."
Justin and Allie believe that food, mindfully given and taken, will restore us to a place of greater connection with each other, with ourselves and with God. In 2012 the recent Whitworth graduates set out to discover where their food came from and support farmers that choose responsibility and kindness. Several kitchen gardens and flocks of chickens later, the Hymas family is raising heritage chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep and a market garden in beautiful foothills of the Klamath National Forest in Northern California. They are committed to sustainable, ethical and transparent farming practices and a servant-hearted posture towards local community.
Justin has a degree in Biology from Whitworth University and has studied holistic management, seed saving and permaculture design. He is a meticulous seed saver, contract-growing seeds for Siskiyou Seeds and Restoration Seeds with the vision of preserving local, open-pollinated vegetable and grain varieties for generations to come.
Allie is a freelance writer with a degree in Theology from Whitworth University. Through her thoughtful writing and textile artistry, she is sharing a creative vision for a more mindful, sustainable life.
You can enjoy food raised by Justin and Allie by ordering heritage, pasture raised meat online, looking for the Hymas stand at the Yreka Farmer's Market and ordering a CSA box from the Jefferson Grower's Association.