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FarmHouse Coat of Arms.gif
FoundedApril 15, 1905; 114 years ago (1905-04-15)
University of Missouri
TypeSocial Fraternity
ScopeUnited States
Motto"Builder of Men"
Colors     Green
SymbolSickle and Sheaf
FlagFarmHouse fraternity flag.jpg
FlowerRed and White Rose
Chapters34 active
Headquarters7306 NW Tiffany Spring Parkway, Suite 310
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
United States

FarmHouse (FH) is a social fraternity founded at the University of Missouri on April 15, 1905. It became a national organization in 1921. Today FarmHouse has 34 active chapters and four associate chapters (formerly colonies) in the United States and Canada.[1]


FarmHouse was founded as a professional agriculture fraternity on April 15, 1905 by seven men at the University of Missouri, who had met at a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) bible study and had decided that they wanted to form a club. The seven founders were D. Howard Doane, Robert F. Howard, Claude B. Hutchison, H. H. Krusekopf, Earl W. Rusk, Henry P. Rusk, and Melvin E. Sherwin. D. Howard Doane conceived the basic ideas which led to FarmHouse, and is considered the father of the Fraternity.[2]

The name FarmHouse was chosen for the following reasons:

Given their agricultural background and rural upbringing, the house in which they resided began to be referred to as the farmer’s house, by other students in a derogatory or demeaning way. The men living in the house however felt the name was appropriate as they knew the farm home to be a welcoming place for people to gather, to enjoy each other’s fellowship, to share a meal together, after a hard day’s work. This same welcoming environment of a farm home could be offered on a college campus, for studious men majoring in agriculture who possessed a strong work ethic. And so the group proudly took on the name FARMHOUSE.[3]

A second chapter, founded independently of the Missouri chapter but sharing the same ideals, was founded at the University of Nebraska in 1911. After communication between the two groups, a third chapter was founded at the University of Illinois in 1918.[4] FarmHouse became a national organization in 1921 by approval of each of the active chapters.[5] On April 20, 1974, the FarmHouse Club at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the first chapter established outside the United States.[6] With the establishment of the Alberta chapter, FarmHouse became an international fraternity.

FarmHouse joined the North-American Interfraternity Conference as a junior member in 1944. Because of its size at the time, eight chapters, it was not considered eligible for full membership. With twelve chapters and three colonies, FarmHouse became a full-fledged member on March 25, 1953.[7] FarmHouse dropped out of the NIC from 1971 to 1981, as did many other national and international fraternities.[1]

In 1974, the Fraternity re-affirmed its alcohol free housing stance by passing the stance in the bylaws at the Conclave of that year. in 1998, the NIC awarded FarmHouse the NIC Laurel Wreath for leading the path in alcohol free housing.

Mission and ritual[edit]

The mission of FarmHouse Fraternity is primarily prescribed within what is known as "The Object" of the fraternity:

“The object of our Fraternity is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness, and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study, as well as in life. Progress shall mark our every step, the spirit of congeniality shall reign at all times, and every member shall be honest with himself, as with his brothers. Men elected to our membership are considered to be of good moral character, to be high in scholarship, to have the capacity for meeting and making friends, and to give promise of service to their fellow men and to the world. To be and become such may at times require a sacrifice of time, pleasures and comforts.”

The object is recited members at all chapter rituals and regular chapter meetings.[2]

The motto of FarmHouse is "Builders of Men". The fraternity seeks to build men with "Fourfold Development", encouraging growth in the intellectual, physical, social/moral and spiritual aspects of their lives.[1]

The name FarmHouse is an acronym standing for Faith, Ambition, Reverence, Morality, Honesty, Obedience, Unity, Service, and Excellence. FarmHouse does not have greek letters and contrary to some rumors, does not have "secret" greek letters.

The ritual of FarmHouse is open and non-secretive. Families of members are often encouraged to attend initiations.

Nebraska alcohol death[edit]

In 2014 the FarmHouse chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was suspended after the alcohol related death of an 18-year-old freshman. Four FarmHouse members, including the chapter vice president, were brought up on felony procurement charges. The chapter is now reinstated. [8][9] The death prompted State Senator Adam Morfeld to introduce a Good Samaritan law providing limited immunity to underage students who call for help in alcohol-related emergencies.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

List of chapters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FarmHouse Fraternity New Membership Education Manual, published by FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc.
  2. ^ a b "Builder of Men Affirmation" (PDF). FarmHouse Fraternity.
  3. ^ "FARMHOUSE International Fraternity". FARMHOUSE. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  4. ^ "1905-1914 A Humble Beginning". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  5. ^ "1915-1924 Shaping the Future". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  6. ^ "1965-1974 Overcoming Conflict". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  7. ^ "1935-1944 from Depression to World War II". FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  8. ^ Dunker, Chris (July 15, 2015). "UNL suspends fraternity for two years". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Pilger, Lori (March 31, 2015). "Judge OKs sending felony cases to trial in fraternity death". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  10. ^ Robertson, Ryan (October 2, 2015). "New Nebraska Law aims to prevent under-age drinking/drug deaths". KVNO News. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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