Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands,
just as we commanded you...
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Bethlehem Cloister has been the site of a holistic sustainable living farm since 1985.
Now a dedicated Monastery, the Friends still raise most of their own food and participate
in rare breed conservation raising
Cotswold sheep and Buff Orpington chickens.
They also raise a few dairy goats for milk and cheese,
and bees for raw honey. All livestock is pasture raised and
organically and humanely managed. The Friends produce their own hay for winter feeding.
Vegetables and herbs are also grown and specialty herbal tinctures are available
for purchase along with
wool, yarn, eggs, raw honey
and milk-based soaps which are also available to purchase at the Monastery Store.
The farm enables the Friends to be, in part, self-supporting and provides an opportunity
for visitors and pilgrims to experience stewardship and
spiritual connection with God through the wonders of the natural