Jireh Family Farm is passionate about teaching young people about the beauty of farming and animal husbandry. Jireh Farm Summer Camp is a way for us to share this joy.
When the Jarvis family left their suburban community and purchased a sixty-year old, four-acre estate, they had no idea what adventures were ahead. They decided on raising chickens but knew they needed a dog for protection of the flock. While researching the different breeds, they fell in love with the Great Pyrenees. Little by little, through trial and error the farm has grown and evolved from providing food for just the Jarvis' to now sharing and selling some of their overflow. Currently, the farm is home to a small herd of Red Wattle pigs, rabbits, meat and egg-laying chickens, Great Pyrenees dogs, and goats with their newborns. They also have a small garden growing beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, potatoes, and squash.
With the turmoil and rumors about food security, the farm wanted to create an environment where children can experience the cultivation of organic nutrition. Through working in the garden, feeding animals, and learning about natural cycles of the seasons, kids get a hands-on immersion of plant growth, farm maintenance, and animal care. Our desire is that kids feel empowered to grow their own food, regardless of the space available and to honor the animals that provide us meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Valarie Tina Jarvis, BSN, RN is the principal camp counselor for (JFSC). She is a third-generation farmer who has a love affair with chickens. Her responsibilities will focus on the health and safety of all the campers. Her extensive knowledge of COVID-19 health procedures and CDC protocols ensures that campers remain safe while on the farm. Nurse Jarvis will teach the campers about animals care, nutrition, and basic gardening principals on a daily basis. She will be accompanied by her daughters, one, an Agribusiness major at Kentucky State University and the other, an aspiring veterinarian. Our summer intern, Telana is an addition to our farm in 2021. She is a student at Arizona State University studying Environmental Sustainability.