Brian Oldreive

Foundations for Farming

Brian Oldreive

Foundations for Farming

Mr. Brian is a native white African from Zimbabwe with more than fifty years farming experience. He is an inspiring example of what God can do through a farmer dedicated to Jesus.

Foundations for Farming is a discipleship-based ministry that focuses on teaching the poor faithfulness with the land. Over thirty years ago Mr. Brian dedicated his farm to the Glory of God and, as a result of giving up growing tobacco, lost everything he owned. The Lord used this humbling experience to bring him to a point where he cried out to the Lord for wisdom as he continued to be unprofitable even after taking over management of another farm. As a result of applying a few basic principles copied from what he saw in God’s design in nature Mr. Brian became the most successful farmer in Zimbabwe, winning prize after prize for his farm’s production.

God then laid on his heart the need to teach what he had learned to the poor of Africa and as a result Foundations for Farming (then called Farming God’s Way) was born.  In the mid 2000’s the economy and agriculture system of Zimbabwe collapsed due in part to the land seizure of white-owned farms by the government. Mr. Brian lost everything he owned again when the farm he managed was taken over. So he began working full time on discipling the poor of Zimbabwe and Africa in farming that is based in a heart for Jesus. Meanwhile, the government of Zimbabwe sought to rebuild the country’s food system, but nothing they tried was working. Some leaders began to notice that the only people growing enough food to feed themselves with surplus to sell were those who received training in Foundations for Farming.

As a result, Mr. Brian and his team were eventually asked to teach their program into the nation’s schools, agricultural colleges, police departments, prisons, and hospitals with full liberty to point to Jesus as the foundation of good agriculture. In Zimbabwe the Church is now leading the way in rebuilding the nation’s food production system on the principles of God’s Word.

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