The story of Bartlett Farm began many years ago when we (Jim & Lynn) began to realize the importance of raising our family in a way that would encourage everyone to work together while integrating our Christian faith into all of life. After spending three years searching for land, we finally found 164 acres of beautiful woods and rolling fields in the Turtle Mountains. It had no house, no electricity, no well, and no septic system. In the fall of 2004, we packed a 42' semi trailer with nearly everything we owned, moved to the new property, and lived in a popup camper for the first few months as we lined up contractors to drill a well, bring in electricity, and pour the concrete for our walk-out basement. We have since been building the rest of the house ourselves. Over the subsequent years, we have been blessed to have friends teach us how to garden, how to raise animals, and how to adjust to living in the country. We are so thankful to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways and for bringing us to where we are today.
Lynn wrote about our story on her blog, beginning with this post.
Jim is responsible for the vision and direction of the farm. His extensive background in mechanical and manufacturing engineering comes in handy for developing each new enterprise, while his mathematical mindset has been invaluable for keeping up with the necessary accounting. Jim served as Executive Director for the North Dakota Home School Association for seven years, founded the Biblical Concourse of Home Universities, and is now teaching online math and science classes with Legacy High School in Wickenburg, AZ.
Lynn runs the bakery division of Bartlett Farm, but even more importantly, her moral support is what enables the entire farm to keep running. Her tasty meals, loving encouragement, and willingness to help wherever needed is a blessing to everyone.
Jonathan (23) manages the poultry and serves as deliveryman for the local Bottineau area. When not occupied with farming projects or serving as an advisor with Bartlett Productions Media Services, Jonathan enjoys studying cultural reconstruction with the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy and playing bluegrass banjo.
Peter (20) serves as the dairy manager at Bartlett Farm, also working actively as creative advisor for the Bartlett Productions team. His interests include bluegrass guitar, horse training and sketching.
Andrew (17), as Media Director for Bartlett Farm and co-founder of Bartlett Productions, is the primary person responsible for the farm's website, graphic design, video presentations, and photography. Andrew enjoys being a craftsman for Christ, showing forth the beauty of God's creation through the visual arts.
David (14) is one of most mechanically minded people on the farm. His quick memory and extensive customer relations experience has been an invaluable asset to the rest of the family. David enjoys training his horse, Darla, listening to music, and reading.
Healthy living is not just about healthy eating-it's about an entire lifestyle. It's about meeting the needs of both body & spirit. The failure to do this is one of the most important reasons why the medical establishment has not been able to successfully treat the epidemic of disease in America. Seeing people as nothing more than physical bodies made up by chance, the remedies they offer are aimed at treating symptoms rather than addressing the cause.
We don't want to make the same mistake. We need to treat ourselves holistically. Enjoying good quality, great-tasting food is one part of patterning every area of our lives after how our infinite, personal Creator God made us to live. Ultimately, we can only experience a truly healthy lifestyle when we live in harmony with the natural and spiritual order of His universe: healthy food for the body, the sanctifying influence of God's Word on the the whole person. This holistic vision of health encourages us at Bartlett Farm to keep doing what we do!
Towards this end, we believe that our mission is defined by the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20. This commits us to person-winning (evangelism and discipleship), family-winning (church planting and Christian education), culture-winning (world and national evangelization), and Christian reconstruction, making the world's nations Christ's disciples.
We believe that the original Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms contain the best summary ever written of revealed truth taught in the Bible. We embrace the command of God to defend, expound, and apply that system of truth to every area of life. As such, we find ourselves most in harmony with the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States (www.rpcus.org), which holds to the same beliefs that characterized most Americans in the 17th and 18th centuries. We are praying that the Lord will raise up a church in the Bottineau area that is faithful to these Biblical doctrines.
We believe that God has promised His church a glorious future in Jesus Christ. We look forward to the future, knowing that, with all its struggles and victories, it belongs to the faithful people of God (1 Corinthians 3:21-22). Our vision for life and the future is determined by the promises of God's covenant and of Christ's kingdom. We pray that God will use us to spread the covenantal blessings of salvation throughout the world (Ps. 227-28; Gal. 2:7-29). We believe that the kingdom of Christ and the preaching of that kingdom will leaven the whole loaf of human life and society as it advances toward total victory (Mark 4:21-32). We work, pray, and hope for the day when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).
The Bartletts attend Harvest Reformed Church in Minot.