You will learn the basics of FARM STEW that address the root causes of hunger, disease, and poverty.

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FARM STEW Basic is a training program that will equip you with the basic skills to help communities and families address the root causes of hunger, disease, and poverty. By taking this course, you will learn the basic ingredients in the recipe for abundant life, FARM STEW.

This course is brought to you by, a charitable 501(c)3 non profit. To support the work of saving lives around the world, you may donate here:

What will students Learn: By completing FARM STEW Basic, you’ll have the foundational concepts for how to prevent hunger, disease, and poverty by:

  • Recognizing the Bible as a source of relevant wisdom and counsel
  • Seeing clearly how personal choices and external forces work for or against God’s original plan for humanity
  • Supporting nutrition-sensitive, organic agricultural projects that grow solutions
  • Grasping the needs of babies and young children so they can thrive
  • Making clear the truth that cleanliness is next to Godliness
  • Prioritizing girls’ and women’s needs
  • Addressing lifestyle-related illnesses, malnutrition, and depression
  • Embracing a Biblical sexuality and work ethic that can lead to healthier families and an enterprising mentality
  • Enriching your worldview with relevant lessons on attitude, rest and temperance, leading to changes in daily habits
  • Communicating with confidence and proficiency life-saving facts that will resonate with poor families and vulnerable people around the world
  • Embracing the essence of FARM STEW and expressing a desire to share the FARM STEW recipe for abundant life with others
  • Appreciating the advantages of taking the FARM STEW Pro Curriculum course - available in 2020.

Upon completion of the FARM STEW Basic Course, you will start your journey as a FARM STEW Planter who can share the recipe of abundant life with families living in desperate poverty and other vulnerable people, so they can thrive.

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Your Instructor


Primary Authors include:

Joy Kauffman, MPH

Joy 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’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.

Dawna Sawatzky, MSPH, RN

Dawna has always had a heart for service, so nursing was a natural career goal. While in training, to her surprise, she discovered teaching was her calling and health education was a natural choice with a master’s degree in health education from Loma Linda University. She has always held in high regard Biblical guidance and our SDA health message, and they have served her well along with the evolving knowledge of science. She has joined her interests and talents with FARM STEW because it is a well-balanced, comprehensive health-promoting program, providing solutions to poor people in need of food, sustenance, encouragement and conversion, to achieve an abundant life now and eternally with Jesus.

Edwin Dysinger, MPH

As a young man in his teens, Edwin was exposed to poverty in the world and felt a calling to do something about it. After marrying Jennifer, they both completed MPH degrees in International Health at Loma Linda University in 1985, and immediately began serving the poor. They pioneered in Sudan with ADRA, in Tanzania with OCI and in Yemen with ADRA for 16 years, helping to start each of those offices. They also raised three children. They were immediately attracted to FARM STEW’s vision and they desire to do what they can to help forward its mission.

Lucia Tiffany, MPH, RN

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.

Tamara Schoch

Tamara just wants to glorify God in all that she does and to help people to know God’s love and to fall in love with Him. She has been involved with health evangelism and training starting in 2003 in the US, and transitioning to Africa in 2010. Now working with translators, publishing, photography and video, she is hopeful to use her experience and skills to advance the principles and success of FARM STEW.

Jonah Woira

Jonah is an Ugandan horticulturist with a passion for people and fruit trees. He loves helping people through agriculture and has been a blessing as a FARM STEW Trainer.

Contributions from each of out teams in Africa are included. More about each of them is found here:

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

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