“Where you go, I will go. And where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people. And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.”

Ruth 1:16-17

It was with this verse, sitting on the back of a Jeep Wagoneer on a salty, windswept beach in Ocracoke, North Carolina, that Steve Barrs proposed to Karen Pratt.

Where you go, I will go. And where you stay, I will stay.

Perhaps most important of all: your people will be my people.

People, for Karen and Steve, starts first with those living on Little England Farm – themselves and their three sons. But people – translation: family – extends far out into the community surrounding Little England Farm. In fact, it was what drove them, and moved them, to purchase the farm in the first place.

We wanted to be in community where we lived, Steve will tell you. That means being invested and a part of people’s lives where you live, much like you are with family at home. It means living on a meaningful level with other people close to you. And it means giving back.

How are you going to love on your people? How are you going to serve your people?  Those questions guide Steve and Karen and fuel the power of the family they’ve created in everything connected to Little England, from the Little England Mercantile they opened as an economic catalyst for the region to the EquipVA scholarship fund they started to help families pursue their own dreams in earning professional certifications to provide for their own families.

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