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 seventy-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 the 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 goats, rabbits, meat and egg-laying chickens, a Great Pyrenees dog, and pigs. They also have a small garden growing beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, potatoes, okra, watermelon, and squash.
With the turmoil and rumors about food security, the farm wanted to create an environment where children could experience the cultivation of organic nutrition. Through working in the garden, feeding animals, and learning about the natural cycles of the seasons, kids get a hands-on immersion in plant growth, farm maintenance, and animal care. We desire that kids feel empowered to grow their own food, regardless of the space available, and to honor the animals that provide us with meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Makayla Jarvis is a recent graduate of Kentucky State University where she studied Agribusiness and will be the principal camp counselor for (JFSC) for 2024. She is a fourth-generation farmer who has a love affair with goats. Her responsibilities will focus on creating fun, engaging activities for all the campers. She has undergone lifeguard training and is currently an educator within the Durham Public School system. Ms. Jarvis will teach the campers about animal care, nutrition, and basic gardening principles on a daily basis.