Our Mission: To provide children ages 7-16 the opportunity for engaging experiences in a living classroom on Franny’s Farm.
We provide hands-on fun and learning with our furry and feathered friends on the farm. Campers will learn about gardening as well as caring for the animals while participating in farm projects, eco-scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, health & fitness, building activities, leadership skill building — all while making memories & forging friendships.
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About Jennifer Porter, Camp Director
I was born and raised in Moscow Idaho, a small town four hours south of the Canadian border. Once I graduated high school I began working full time as the lead teacher in a two year old classroom. A few years later I met Evan (now my husband) who moved to Moscow from Phoenix Arizona. Living in a small town, and hearing Evan talk of other places he lived really sparked my sense of adventure. I was happy with where I grew up, I had a good job and I started taking college courses. Yet I was bored of knowing everyone, driving the same roads, and everything that characterizes a small town.
I was ready to get out of my comfort zone and experience something new. After a year of discussion and planning we decided to take the leap and move to the east coast. We chose North Carolina due to its location on the East Coast and because all four seasons could be experienced. When we started looking Asheville kept appearing on “Places to Live” lists. The population size, the mountains, and the contemporary vibe were all selling features. In 2011 we visited for a week to see if we wanted to move and, if so, to find a place. On the last day of our trip we found a home in West Asheville and have been living there ever since. I found a job at Childcare Network in a two year old classroom – and was back at work within a month of moving. After working there two years, I left to go to school full time. I spent two years obtaining an A.A.S. In Early Childhood Education where I was on the Dean’s List.
When we moved to Asheville, we knew little about the craft beer and farm to table food scene. I Asheville’s culture of growing your own food and knowing farmers changed me forever. Farming and gardening are all relatively new to me, yet the passion and excitement to learn more is exhilarating. Each season my garden increases in size and I am close to growing all the vegetables that my husband and I eat. In February 2016, Evan and I travelled to France to take a month long training course in Butchery and Charcuterie. We spent a month learning from a family of five brothers and their wives who ran the farm. As educational as the course was my favorite part of the entire trip was being welcomed into their homes, eating a traditional two hour lunch, and feeling the authenticity you don’t get any other way. My connection to sustainable food is deepening every day and I plan to have a farm of my own someday. Franny’s Farm is a great example of what I want to do, and I am honored to be a part of the team.
- “I want to be a home cook, not a restaurant chef. I want to cook like the grandmothers.” -Me
- “Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” Mick Jagger
- “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” Jim Morrison
- Baking has become a new passion of mine and I am determined to get my croissant recipe perfect!
- I grew up with a deaf friend, I am a bit rusty, but am relatively fluent in sign language.
- I love to cross stitch and sew.
- I have had both a bear and a moose visit our camp site.