A Unique Story of Life on the Farm

A Unique Story of Life on the Farm

February 3, 2022
Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE –Immanuel and Valarie Javis, cofounders of Jireh Family Farm, LLC and Jireh Farm Foundation, (501c3), will speak at the University of Mount Olive on Wednesday, February 16, at 1 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium.

Together, Immanuel and Valarie have worked to establish an urban farm located in Durham NC where all ages can learn about farming via summer camp or educational classes.  In addition, they offer fresh herbs and protein to include chicken, beef, pork, and goat.  They have established an educational agricultural center where increasing agri-tourism has transpired over the past four years.

Valarie is a graduate of the University of Virginia. After 20 years working as a Registered Nurse at the nursing corporate management level, Valarie yearned to return to the land. She has a passion for health advocacy, holistic nutrition, and helping adults and children alike reach optimal health through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Valarie has also started “The Nurse Who Farms, PLLC,” where she offers health consulting for individuals and businesses, as well as training and educational opportunities.

Valarie was appointed by Governor Cooper to serve on the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council and currently chairs the Long Term and Behavioral Health Committee.  She was also appointed by the Durham County Board of Commissioner to serve on the Durham County Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees.

As a veteran entrepreneur, Immanuel has run several successful businesses.  Despite growing up in the city, he has come to enjoy farming and loves to prepare meals grown entirely on his own land.  He is an advocate for food justice, equity, and knowledge of where food is created.  He enjoys the business side of farming. Immanuel serves as the Chairman of the Durham County Republican Party and Chairman of the newly formed 6th Congressional District.

In addition, Immanuel was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve on the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission and also serves on the newly created Agriculture Advisory Council for the Durham County Cooperative Extension.

Immanuel and Valarie Jarvis have been married for 21 years and have three children.  They are proud to pass on the legacy of farming to their children.

The event is free and open to all UMO faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists.  For more information, visit www.umo.edu.