Koinonia Farm was started in 1942 by seminary-trained greek scholar, author and farmer Clarence Jordan just outside the South Georgia town of Americus. Jordan began the farm as a "demonstration plot for the kingdom of God," a place of peacemaking, social justice, and genuine shared community. In the 1950's and 1960's Koinonia met persecution from the Ku Klux Klan because of their beliefs concerning racial equality which ran contrary to the widely accepted norms of Sumter County, Georgia.
In the 1970's, after much of the racial tension had eased, a super-rich businessman named Millard Fuller and his wife Linda moved onto the farm looking for a way to use their wealth for the kingdom of God. Out of Fuller's business-minded genius and Clarence Jordan's vision for helping the poor, Habitat for Humanity was founded.
Today, Koinonia is still a fully working farm with a vast pecan plantation and flourishing vegetable garden. Many Koinonians focus now on sustainable living, specifically the fairly new concept of "permaculture." They remain devoted to Jordan's original values of social justice, equality, community and sustainability.