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FarmHouse Fraternity is an all-male international social fraternity founded at the University of Missouri in 1905. It became a nationally recognized fraternity in 1921. FarmHouse is one of only a handful of fraternities not to adopt Greek letters. Today FarmHouse has over 40 chapters in the United States and Canada. While the terms fraternity and sorority may be used to describe any number of social and charitable organizations, including the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, International, and the Shriners, in the United States and Canada fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students (though... The University of Missouri System is one of two public state university systems in the state of Missouri. ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...



The motto of FarmHouse is "Builder 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.


The ultimate reason for attending a university is to stretch the mind and to perform academically. FarmHouse is a great resource to students focused on their schoolwork. Half of the chapters are typically within the top 20% of Greek chapters' average GPA on their respective campuses.


Participation in intramurals, tournaments and other competititons is a regular theme between chapters on different campuses. On the belief that a healthy body is important for a well-rounded man, FarmHouse places emphasis on physical activity.


FarmHouse chapters are active within the Greek communities on their respective campuses. The International fraternity recommends hosting an event with each sorority on campus at least once per academic year. FarmHouse has been a leader in alcohol-free housing, never having a policy that allowed alcohol in chapter facilities.


Many of the rituals in the pledging and activation ceremony cite Scripture. The Founders had deep faith and sought to build their faith as they built other bonds. The fraternity is certainly open to members of other faiths, but encourages a belief in 'something greater than oneself'.

FarmHouse is a non-secretive fraternity, meaning the initiation and activation ceremonies are open to the public. The Object, recited by members at every meeting is:

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 fellowmen and to the world. To be and become such may at times require a sacrifice of time, pleasures and comforts.

Famous alumni

Robert Parks; President, Iowa State University 1965-1986
Kenny Hulshof, U.S. Representative (MO-9)
Pat Green; Singer/Songwriter of Texas Country Music Scene (TT '??)
Leroy Van Dyke; Singer/Songwriter, Wrote "The Auctioneer"

External Links

Official Website



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