Talk:John Johnson Farm

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Welfare farm[edit]

I don't think that the Johnson farm is still being used as a welfare farm. Can anyone confirm this? --Jeppsna (talk) 17:21, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

It just so happens that the local newspaper, the Record-Courier, recently printed an article about the Johnson Farm. No mention of the farm's status as a "welfare farm", although the R-C article did note that missionaries work on the farm. The source cited in this wiki article states that the farm is a "welfare farm". I sense that this is a misstatement, although as a local resident I can tell you the Johnson Farm is a working farm. It's quite possible that the missionaries employed as tour guides also work on the farm for sustenance and/or to help underwrite the costs of their mission, though obviously we'll need a source that states this before we would add it to the article. -- JeffBillman (talk) 17:54, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Not only am I a local resident, but I am also LDS (Mormon). The LDS Church officially discontinued using the Johnson Farm as a welfare farm in 2002 or 2003. Most of the land was leased to neighboring farmers and some was redeveloped as a camping area that is used by local wards and stakes. I have looked in vain for official documentation of this change (and the reasons behind it), but I do know it is not used as a welfare farm anymore and I remember when it was announced to the local wards as most of the work picking and processing the apples and strawberries was volunteer service work done by local members. As far as I know, any farming done on it today is connected to neighboring farmers. Prior to 2002 the Johnson Farm had large strawberry fields and an apple orchard. The senior missionaries that currently staff the home are there as historic guides and caretakers of the house. --JonRidinger (talk) 01:08, 17 July 2008 (UTC)