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.


Do you have a favorite thing you do at church? Something that makes you pretty sure you are doing God's work? Mine is Bible Times Marketplace (BTMP).

After school, the Garage in Highland Hall becomes a STEAM incubator for Hayes K- 8 students. They solve problems by using science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to design and build. LIFT OFF to Learning launched in November 2018 and is already soaring to new heights.

We are proud of all our students who made incredible academic gains. They also participate in swimming, music, drama, nutrition, physical education, drumming, STEAM, chapel, soccer, dance, yoga, and field trips.

The six-week Summer Learning Program (SLP) became the primary ministry of CFAF in 2010 serving third, fourth, and fifth graders from
Birmingham’s Hayes K-8. The 80 children receive daily lessons from certified teachers and enrichment activities, including Chapel, swimming, gardening, music, science, and art. On Fridays, the students take educational
field trips. For many children, it’s their first time to experience some of these activities.

While others may run a marathon on February 11, we will have a mini-marathon of a work day at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm!