Celestial Farms grows healthy nurturing children by demonstrating the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual benefits of farming. By caring for animals, children will learn about unconditional love and responsibility. In the gardens, children will learn how to be self-reliant and delayed gratification. Most importantly, children will learn healthy eating habits and from where their food comes.
Celestial Farms began in the spring of 2000. The original mission was a simple one: "to assist people of all abilities to enjoy the therapeutic benefits caring for a garden can provide". Caring for a garden teaches responsibility and patience. It also can help improve fine motor skills and have a calming effect. These are the things we want to share. In our early years, this was accomplished through providing assistive gardening tools, installing raised garden beds, and instructing clients how to garden in a way that is beneficial to them. Special gardens were also installed, like the one at Rutledge Pearson Elementary School, which includes “peace” tiles made by the children on benches that surround the garden area.
We always dreamed of having a large garden where people could come and share experiences. Over time, however, we felt a greater calling and in 2008 we expanded the organization to include all aspects of farming. This includes caring for animals and utilizing the products from the garden to become self-sufficient.
Area: Northside / NW Nassau County
13958 Duval Rd., Jacksonville, FL, 32218