Jennifer Garner Bought the Farm That Belonged to Her Grandparents in 1936 and Revived Life on It

For over 7 years, Jennifer Garner has been living on her own farm, cultivating vegetables, fruits, and raising animals and birds. She radiates happiness from this lifestyle. Many celebrities have taken inspiration from her and moved away from bustling Los Angeles to the countryside. We decided to visit Jennifer and find out what makes farm life so wonderful.

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The future actress was born in a conservative family. Her father was a chemical engineer and her mother was a homemaker. They raised their 3 daughters in strictness — as teenagers, the girls were not allowed to wear makeup, paint their nails or pierce their ears.

However, Jennifer speaks warmly of her childhood. She laughs about what she and her sisters looked like at that time — all having similar bangs and protruding ears.

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In 1990, Jennifer Garner entered the university with chemistry as her major, but soon she changed from it to theater. After graduation, she began to act in movies. The role that made her famous was Sydney Bristow in the series Alias. For her performance, the actress won the Golden Globe for Best Actress — Television Series Drama and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award 4 times.

Also many of us remember her role of Dr. Eve Saks in the drama Dallas Buyers Club where the actress starred alongside Matthew McConaughey. This role earned Jennifer a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

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Jennifer’s first husband was actor Scott Foley whom she met on the set of Felicity in 1998. However, the couple separated 5 years later. And from 2005 to 2018, the actress was married to actor Ben Affleck. They have 2 daughters and a son together.

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Motherhood made Jennifer Garner realize how important it is to take care of the timely development of children. And she had enough energy for her own family and other kids. The actress became an ambassador for the non-profit organization Save the Children USA working to improve the lives of children around the world.

Since 2014, Jennifer has served on the board of trustees for the organization and promoted national literacy and early education efforts. She often visits families involved in the Early Steps to School Success program.

Another thing that the actress promotes is the proper nutrition of children. She approached this with all the vigor and decided to produce healthy food on her own. Jennifer Garner is currently co-founder and chief brand manager of the organic, fresh baby food company Once Upon a Farm.

These foods are produced at the farm Jennifer bought. But this is not just an ordinary farm, it’s a place with a history. This is the farm where her mother grew up, and Jennifer used to visit it as a child and even fish in the local pond with her uncle.

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Garner’s grandparents embarked on a picturesque journey back in 1936 when they secured a charming 20-acre haven, complete with a quaint two-bedroom abode lacking the modern comforts of electricity, plumbing, and running water—all for the humble sum of $700, as narrated by Garner’s mother, Patricia English Garner, in a delightful piece for Southern Living in 2018.

Fast forward through the years, and Patricia’s parents expanded the homestead with an additional 35 acres, cultivating a vibrant tapestry of crops—think lettuce, radishes, English peas, young potatoes, beets, green beans, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. Pecan trees graced the landscape, offering a modest income, while the family tended to a lively array of chickens, cows, and pigs, ensuring a bounty of farm-fresh delights.

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Following Patricia’s father’s passing in 1962, the farm passed through various familial hands. In a heartwarming twist, Garner took the reins in 2017, acquiring the farm from her uncle Robert. The deal? A beautiful agreement that allowed Robert and his wife Janet to continue stewarding the land, residing in a modern dwelling they crafted on this pastoral canvas, as Patricia lovingly recounted in her 2018 Southern Living feature.

Pumpkins steal the spotlight as the farm’s mainstay, contributing to the seasonal allure of Once Upon a Farm packaging. Blueberries, field peas, and rye also make appearances, not just for their agricultural prowess but to enhance the soil. Local wildflowers bloom in vibrant hues, while industrious honeybees add their signature buzz to the farm’s melodic symphony. And let’s not forget the charming “moo-guards” in the form of cows named Simon, Boaz, Pete, May Apple, along with the porcine duo Nat and Omelette.

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Soon the farm became a successful enterprise. In one of her Instagram posts, the actress wrote, “Look, Mom, your farm has come to life! 700 blueberry bushes, 50 fuyu persimmon trees, 3 cows (as grass management and pets), 2 farmers (uncle Robert and aunt Janet) and 1 farmer wannabe — yours truly.”

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The actress describes all her rural adventures on her Instagram page where she jokingly calls herself “farmer Jen.” Fans of Jennifer Garner can see her driving a tractor or singing songs to carrots.

Farmer Jen is sure that all plants need love and care. Once she recorded a video, in which she even kissed plants, and wrote, “Our blends are filled with the freshest fruits, yummiest vegetables, and…love.”

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The actress tirelessly advertises her fruit and vegetable business and regularly posts recipes for healthy dishes made from natural foods on her social media pages. For example, instead of the usual chips, she offers to treat family members with kale chips.

These healthy chips take 15 to 25 minutes to make. Coat kale leaves in olive oil, add salt, optionally sprinkle with grated parmesan and place in the oven at 200°F.

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The founders of the company are involved in charity. For example, a part of the proceeds from Farmer Jen’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie blend was donated to Save the Children USA mentioned above.

On her blog, the actress wrote that Once Upon a Farm is helping to raise funds for those in need and is committed to serving one million meals to kids from poor families.

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Jennifer Garner believes that children can be taught to eat healthy from an early age and says, “If you want your kids to grow up loving healthy food, give them healthy food they love.” To make sure children don’t refuse to eat fruit and vegetables, the actress shares life hacks on preparing healthy children’s snacks.

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Judging by the many photos and videos on Jennifer Garner’s blog, the farm she brought back to life is now thriving. And the celebrity, who works there tirelessly, repeats, “Thank you, Earth. Thank you to my grandparents, Harvey and Violet English for this land.”

Tranquil life in the midst of nature is a true dream. That’s why many celebrities buy farms and find happiness in gardening and animal husbandry. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are no exception.

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