Why

USA

Team USA is made up of volunteers who serve in various capacities to "share the recipe of FARM STEW."

The Challenges

The USA is not just the home of the free and brave, it's the land of the obese, diabetic, chronically inflamed, pill-popping sick.

  • Over 1/3 of our children are obese and 1/2 of adults
  • More than 1 in 4 adults have NO ONE to confide in
  • Many people opt out of church attendance and gravitate toward addictive behaviors

What We're Doing

Just as in Africa, we seek to equip families and communities to live an abundant life, not as the world defines it, but as Jesus did:

Our Projects

In 

USA

The following projects are how we teach our eight ingredients to locals. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Check back soon for a new initiative.
(See our ongoing projects below to learn how to get involved.)

What We're Doing

Teaching Best Health Practices & Biblical Values

We use our eight ingredients to help impact the lives of rural farm families in Uganda, with hands-on training in their villages

F
Farming
Faithfulness to principles revealed in God’s word & observed in nature
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A
Attitude
Choice to live God's way, to be disciplined and to have a positive outlook
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R
Rest
Nightly and weekly for our bodies and also allowing the soil to rest
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M
Meals
Plant-based, whole foods diet using mostly what the family can  grow themselves
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S
Sanitation
In our bodies, with a focus on women, with our food and around our homes
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T
Temperance
Moderation in good things, abstaining from things that are harmful
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E
Enterprise
Providing opportunity, addressing gender, to pursue sustainability
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W
Water
Fresh, detoxifying & in abundance for grains, legumes, & for our bodies
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USA

The Team

These are the people bringing the FARM STEW message to this area.

Kristiana Kim
Finance Volunteer
Alyssa Johnston
Volunteer-Malawi
Cherri Olin
Domestic Operations Director and Board Secretary (non-voting)
Christina and Mike Smith
Volunteers
Ednice Wagnac
Public Health Analyst
Elizabeth Kreidler de Santa Cruz
Foreign Operations Director
Greg Cranson
Volunteer
Jordan Cherne
Volunteer
Joy Kauffman, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Karissa Ziegler
Volunteer
Lucia Tiffany, MPH RN
Curriculuim Coordinator
Steven Conine
Volunteer
Sylvia Middaugh, MS, RDN
Volunteer
Wyatt Johnston
Africa Academic Program Coordinator - Volunteer-Malawi
Kristiana is an auditor who loves the outdoors and learning about gardening. While working as a student missionary in Bolivia several years ago, she came to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of Biblical health principles. She is excited about the way FARM STEW is sharing these principles through education, agriculture, and enterprise, Most of all, she desires to be part of a movement that directs people to Jesus, the foundation of all true health.
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Kristiana Kim
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Kristiana Kim
Finance Volunteer
Alyssa Johnston first learned of FARM STEW when she met (and eventually married) her husband, Wyatt. She graduated from Southern Adventist University with her bachelor's in International Development. She has since used her passion for creativity, photography, community development, and Jesus to help nonprofit organizations in marketing. Alyssa and her husband are based in Malawi, teaching FARM STEW online courses at Malawi Adventist University and Adventist University in Central Africa in Rwanda. She also is involved with writing stories and taking pictures for FARM STEW donor newsletters. Alyssa is excited to be a part of the FARM STEW mission of bringing the recipe for abundant life to those in need!
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Alyssa Johnston
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Alyssa Johnston
Volunteer-Malawi
Cherri joined FARM STEW because of her love for God and His church. She is a gifted administrator and has served as church treasurer for more than a decade. She graduated with an associate’s degree from Southern Adventist University and served as a Senior Human Resource Management Assistant for Loma Linda Medical Center. She worked in the Human Resource field for over ten years before becoming a wife and mother of two. She enjoys helping and serving others through church outreach and various community programs, such as cooking schools, women’s prayer groups, and youth activities. FARM STEW’s unique way of meeting people’s needs while sharing the gospel message is what has drawn her serve with Joy and the FARM STEW family. She now serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director of FARM STEW. Cherri also serves on several board committees.
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Cherri Olin
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Cherri Olin
Domestic Operations Director and Board Secretary (non-voting)
Christina Smith and her husband Mike operate the Taste and See Farm located in beautiful Paonia, Colorado, nestled in the North Fork Valley on the state's western slope. When they transitioned from home gardening to market farming three years ago, they felt strongly impressed to use their farm for ministry. In the summer of 2021, their prayer was answered when Joy Kauffman, who leads FARM STEW, moved into the property next door. Looking back, Mike and Christina realize that God has been preparing them for this work for many years. A rural setting in her early years provided many opportunities for Christina to develop an appreciation for nature. Her interest in gardening began at a young age under her dad's instruction. As an adult, she worked in various fields of employment, resulting in developing a skill set that would prove helpful for starting her own farm, including retail/marketing, finance, and administrative positions. Before becoming a farmer, she worked as a CSA manager for four years, growing from 100 to 350 members. Christina has grown Taste and See Farm’s production to include a year round growth in 5-9 hoop houses and a microgreens business. After Mike completed two years of engineering at Columbia Union College, he decided to go into trade work and began pursuing a career in plumbing. Following an apprenticeship in Frederick, Maryland in 1998, he thrived in varied capacities, including serving as a teacher and director of maintenance at La Vita Mission, an Adventist mission school to the Navajo in New Mexico. Eventually, he started his own plumbing business as a master plumber in Moab, Utah. Since moving to Colorado, Mike has worked as a subcontractor continuing to use his skills and plumbing in construction. The skills have proved invaluable in the farm setting. Mike looks forward to dedicating the majority of his time to the Taste and See Farm endeavor and ultimately to God's plan for ministry. Together, Mike and Christina have decided to partner in ministry with FARM STEW to bring the message of abundant life to people in need here in the USA and beyond! The Taste and See Farm has the infrastructure and customer base, including several restaurants and wholesale buyers, to support a growing agricultural enterprise.
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Christina and Mike Smith
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Christina and Mike Smith
Volunteers
Ednice Wagnac works as a Public Health Analyst for FARM STEW International. She started as a volunteer in August 2019 while completing her Master's in Public Health program at Andrews University and graduated with her degree in August 2020. She has a passion for community health and nutrition. Her role with FARM STEW includes monitoring and evaluating FARM STEW certified homes and coordinating efforts to translate the FARM STEW curriculum into different languages such as Spanish, Swahili, and Arabic. One of Ednice's goals is to spread the good news of Abundant Living to her country of origin, Haiti. She enjoys being on the FARM STEW team and is blessed to be a part of the work of using God's word to improve the lives of many.
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Ednice Wagnac, MPH
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Ednice Wagnac, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Elizabeth has a calling to serve people in need, looking for strategies to alleviate poverty and distress enabling them to have a dignified life, and hope for eternal life by knowing and loving Jesus Christ. She initiated her professional life as a translator and interpreter from German, French and English to Spanish, specialized in the aeras of health, education, business, and religion. After earning a Master’s degree in Administration with emphasis in International Community Development from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, she served in the leadership of implementing ADRA offices in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Burundi. She also gained considerable experience in higher education as a lecturer in the Universidad Peruana Unión, and in the financial and administrative leadership of the Universidad Adventista de Bolivia. Her multi-cultural background helped her appreciate the uniqueness of people’s thinking, expressions, and customs, as well as to confidently address different audiences. She joined FARM STEW´s team because she believes in the value and power of the Bible-based principles and sound science trainings that FARM STEW is promoting to achieve an abundant life. Elizabeth looks forward to FS entering new countries and offering permanent training in demo centers. She is a pastor´s wife, mother of three grown-up children, and grandmother of 6 lovely children.
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Elizabeth Kreidler de Santa Cruz, MSA
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Elizabeth Kreidler de Santa Cruz, MSA
Foreign Operations Director
Greg Cranson grew up on a 130-acre farm in southeast Colorado in the Arkansas river valley. "Growing up with eight brothers and sisters in a one-bedroom house and an outhouse has given me the greatest opportunity to be immersed in learning basic life skills, creative play, hard work, a love for the land, its creatures, and for the one who created it all," Greg says. After working for a plumber and learning the basic skill of plumbing Greg moved back to his father's farm and continued market gardening and growing grain. In 1981 Greg, his wife Addie, and six children, moved to a 135-acre fruit, vegetable, grain, and livestock farm. To fulfill their vision of teaching and sharing God's love through lifestyle education, Greg’s family and their community, have created a non-profit organization, which has been operating for many years. The farm also has a Trading Post that helps support local farmers. Greg's greatest joy is sharing the Gospel message through an agricultural lifestyle. With their strong belief that God is calling his creation "Back to Eden", Greg and Addie are excited to see what God is doing in partnering with FARM STEW to share the Gospel through our relationship with the land and one another!
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Greg Cranson
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Greg Cranson
Volunteer
Jordan Cherne graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2019 with a BS in Business Administration and a BA in International Studies - Spanish Emphasis. In college he first became acquainted with FARM STEW, and fell in love with its mission of helping others live life abundantly. His international business club chose to sponsor FARM STEW, arranging for founder and executive director Joy Kauffman to come to the campus to give a presentation, as well as hosting fundraisers with all proceeds being donated to FARM STEW. Jordan has always been drawn to agriculture, and in 2021 opted not to continue his pursuit of medical school and started his own small farm instead. He is excited to now be helping with FARM STEW USA, and is looking forward to helping share the Recipe for Abundant Life with those who need it most.
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Jordan Cherne
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Jordan Cherne
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Joy Kauffman, MPH, is passionate about health, hunger and healing in the global body of Jesus Christ and the world. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Public Health and from Virginia Tech with a BS in International Nutrition. She was a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Health and Humans Services, serving for 6 years in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Joy later led a Federal grant at her local county health department promoting healthy, locally grown foods and famers. She is also a graduate of the National Soy Research Laboratory International Soy program, a certified CREATION Health Instructor and a Master Gardener through University of Illinois. She’s the founder of FARM STEW, a recipe for abundant life. It is designed to address the root causes of hunger disease and poverty, offering a hopeful witness to the world that points to the true Source of abundant life, Jesus Christ.
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Karissa Ziegler grew up in Colorado enjoying her family’s large vegetable garden. In 2019-2020 she spent a year serving as a student missionary in Cambodia. She graduated with an associate degree in horticulture and landscape from a local community college. Finding her passions in mission work, helping others, and gardening, Karissa was looking for a career that would involve all her interests. Early in 2021, she began learning more about FARM STEW, and getting more involved, after years of only knowing of its existence. Karissa joined the FARM STEW USA team in December of 2021. She is excited about using FARM STEW’s recipe for Abundant Life to bring hope to the “least of these”.
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Karissa Ziegler
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Karissa Ziegler
Volunteer
Lucia is a nurse/health educator with a passion for making a difference in people's lives. Her experience with the Adventist Development & Relief Agency, both in the U.S. and in West Africa, fed her desire to collaborate with FARM STEW as a way to continue that impact on those in greatest need. As a daughter of God, she couldn't be happier than to be a part of the team sharing His recipe for abundant living with others.​
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Lucia Tiffany, MPH RN
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Lucia Tiffany, MPH RN
Curriculuim Coordinator
Steven Conine is a young farmer passionate about developing the connection between agriculture, education, and evangelism. He graduated from Andrews University in 2019 with a BA in religion and horticulture, and since then he has worked on institutional and family farms in Alabama, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He has also spent months volunteering and speaking overseas in Asia and South America. Steven joined the FARM STEW team in January 2022 and is excited to bring the gospel to many others in a useful way through the principles of abundant life.
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Steven Conine
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Steven Conine
Volunteer
Sylvia loves God and people. With roots in Africa, she is a wife, mother of two young adults and a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her passion is helping others have a better life. FARM STEW's recipe for abundant life lines up perfectly with this desire. Sylvia wants to mobilize others to share the recipe for abundant life.
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Sylvia Middaugh, MS, RDN
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Sylvia Middaugh, MS, RDN
Volunteer
Wyatt Johnston volunteers as FARM STEW International’s Academic Program Coordinator. He began working with FARM STEW during the fall of 2019 after graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in Botany. Wyatt and his wife, Alyssa Johnston, are FARM STEW missionaries in Malawi overseeing the delivery of FARM STEW’s curriculum to universities throughout Africa and also working with FARM STEW teams to develop/document their media presence. He is inspired by the ability of the FARM STEW message to give the poor, sick and hungry the physical and biblical tools they need to lift themselves up out of poverty. And, in the same way that FARM STEW equips others to lift themselves out of poverty, Wyatt’s mission is to equip teachers in higher education with the tools they need to bring their students the Recipe for an Abundant Life.
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Wyatt Johnston
Africa Academic Program Coordinator - Volunteer-Malawi
FARMING
ATTITUDE
REST
MEALS
SANITATION
TEMPERANCE
ENTERPRISE
WATER