Missions

Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF)

Loving God through equipping and empowering all God’s children.

Since 1923, Independent Presbyterian Church has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm to promote hope and opportunity through partnerships with children, families, and the community by offering quality programming rooted in the love of Christ. Nearly 100 years later, we continue to minister to children from Birmingham through the  Christian-focused Summer Learning Program and LIFT OFF to Learning, a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program.

 

Our Programs

  • In 2010, we created the Christian-focused Summer Learning Program for youth and children from Birmingham's Hayes K-8. Instead of losing several months of academic learning every summer, these children from our STAIR program are making gains of several months in reading and math. They have six weeks of reading, writing, and mathematics in the mornings, as well as afternoons filled with art, music, drama, science and swimming. Bible study and daily worship are also part of the program.

  • LIFT OFF to Learning

    The ministry of the Children's Fresh Air Farm expanded in 2018 with LIFT OFF to Learning. This science, technology, engineering, arts and math program for Hayes K- 8 fourth and fifth graders is offered after school three days a week, engaging these students in academics, team-building and character development.

Want to Help?

  • If you are willing to pitch in from time to time on light projects around the farm, click on "Friends of the Farm" above to be added to the email list.

  • With 96 garden plots, a shade garden and perennials there is plenty to do whether you are a Master Gardener of simply enjoy working in nature. These areas are the centerpiece of the farm and bring great joy to our visitors! Click on "Garden Group" link above to receive emails about work days and current projects.

If you would like to volunteer with the Children's Fresh Air Farm, contact Catherine Goudreau at cgoudreau@ipc-usa.org.

Want to Host an Event at CFAF?

The Farm is available to rent for nonprofit and church events. We do not host private events, like birthday parties, weddings or other social gatherings. Please contact  Children's Fresh Air Farm director Catherine Goudreau at (205) 790-1665 if you are interested in hosting an event at the Farm.

News

It is that time of year. Isn’t it? The school supplies are purchased. The backpacks are packed, and the first day outfits are ready and waiting. School is about to begin! Because of the Summer Learning Program at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm, 95 students at Hayes K-8 School are beginning classes a little more prepared.

The excitment of a summer filled with learning, music, art, swimming, nutrition, gardening, and field trips often ends with a few tears. The Summer Learning Program graduation is a tearful event. By then, students have grown academically by several months and spiritually.  Typically, the fifth graders are leaving the Farm for the last time… until now.

What a wonderful summer we are having in Community Ministries at IPC! As I write this article, there are 111 rising 3rd through rising 6th graders out at The Children’s Fresh Air Farm enjoying all that our “mission on the mountain” has to offer. At The Open Door in Kingston, we had a recent GED graduate, and three more students are poised to receive their GEDs! Our Food Pantry is assisting 25-30 clients each week who are struggling to feed their families. Right now, a group of 11 folks from IPC are heading to Rwanda for a mission trip.

If you haven't been to the Children's Fresh Air Farm in the past two years, come see how God has been at work! In its 96th year, CFAF is hosting its ninth Summer Learning Program and thousands of man hours have been put into making the campus look its best. 

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