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Jason Brown

In April 2012, I decided to step out on faith and walk away from my career in the NFL. God revealed to me that he had something greater in store for me and that my family should move back to my home state of North Carolina and start a farm. This is when Tay and I made a covenant with God and told Him that whatever place He blessed us with, we would name it First Fruits Farm and that his people would receive the first fruits of whatever is produced from the land. In October 2012, God poured us out a blessing in the form of a beautiful 1,000-acre farm in Franklin County, North Carolina. We ultimately incorporated First Fruits Farm into the Mission of “Wisdom for Life,” and that’s sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing our hearts first and serving our neighbors with love. Over the years, we hosted youth fishing derbies, research opportunities for grad students of NC State University, and gleaning and harvest opportunities in a collaborative effort with the Society of St. Andrews, the Interfaith Food Shuttle, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, where more than 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were donated for local hunger relief efforts. Learn more at

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