Tikkun Farm, a 3.5 acre farm in the neighborhood of Mt. Healthy in Cincinnati, intends to be a place of healing, restoration and repair cultivated through meaningful work and spiritual practices.
Tikkun is a Hebrew word meaning “repair” or “restore”. The phrase Tikkun Olam captures the collective life purpose of the Jewish people to “repair the world”. This phrase has many layers of meaning from personal healing to global reconciliation, but at it’s core it means to join with God in repairing what has been broken: lives, buildings, the land, relationships, villages and nations, bodies, etc. The work of repair also shows up in the bible in Isaiah 61 which begins with God’s promise to heal to God’s hurting people, but goes on to say that those healed will become healers… “repairers of the walls” and the “restorers of the devastations”.
Mary Laymon and Greg York bought the former dairy farm in 2010. While they are slowly repairing the buildings they have welcomed people to live in community on the farm, offered land for Bhutanese refugees to farm, invited local non-profits to meet in the farmhouse, offered a maker space to refugee and immigrant women for fiber arts projects, hosted an after-school cooking program for underserved neighborhood youth, hosted retreats & workshops, served community meals, taken in animal rescues, welcomed a local drum circle and offered spiritual direction.
They long for Tikkun Farm to offer many kinds of healing and repair. We hope a person who finds shelter at Tikkun Farm may come to know the truth that they are Beloved. For more information contact Mary Laymon.
Please prayerfully consider supporting the work of Tikkun Farm. You can find out more on our DONATE page.
This is what other neighbors say about what Tikkun Farm means to our community:
“Tikkun Farms which sits in a diverse and impoverished neighborhood serves the community in multiple ways. The Farm is seen as a safe community gathering space, and a refuge for children and adults to learn and develop healthy habits for coping with stress, depression, and PTSD. All of this is intertwined with messages and lessons related to the caring for our planet, respect, building community, respecting differences, and sharing the love.”
– Sheryl Rajbhandari
“Tikkun provides families, many of which are fragile, solid supports in raising their children. Tikkun provides participating children an embracing community which nurtures their sense of self while fostering respect for family and community values.”
–Retired school teacher
“I have the pleasure of being located right across the street from Tikkun Farm. I see firsthand how it is a center of community engagement and a safe space for people in the community who might not always be welcome elsewhere. They practice what they preach and I am happy that my boys can grow up here seeing what true community really means. My boys have been involved in helping on the farm, attending summer camp, and just hanging out with the animals. And when my nephews moved here from Atlanta, and were NOT happy about it, Tikkun Farm was one of the first places that made Mt. Healthy feel like home to them. We are so grateful to have Tikkun Farm as our neighbor.”
– Neighbor across the street
“Tikkun is a peaceful and safe place for children of our community to go. They can learn about gardening, farm animals, nature, self soothing techniques and more. There are so many kids looking for attention, compassion and grace and Tikkun farm is a perfect place for that under the guidance of Mary Laymon. I’m extremely grateful to have this organization in our community and wish I had known of it sooner. Even I enjoy the peace there and have escaped my children to reset. The farm is open to all and accepting of all which is exactly what our community needs in current times.”
– Mom of Tikkun Campers
“The children understand that they needed help and have learned how to get the help at the farm. You have a program that fills the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual voids that are in their lives. You are teaching them that they can learn to read and do math. You are teaching them mostly that they have feelings and that we all have feelings and we can learn to control those feelings. The biggest change I see in the children is their ability to walk and not run in a panic from place to place. They now understand the pattern and are happy to follow it and flow with the leader.”
– Volunteer Artist in the Afterschool Program
Farm Camp 2019
I’m so sorry to say that our summer plans for the farm are changing. We have an old barn we need to take down for safety reasons. We had hoped to bring it down before the camp season started, but now it won’t come down until the later in the summer. So, we have had to cancel our camp program this year. I’m so sorry to have to say this. I remain hopeful that we may be able to offer some farm experiences later in the summer as the dust clears (literally as well as figuratively) around the barn. If you’re interested, please send me a note and will let you know what we are planning.
Tikkun Farm, Ex. Director