The mom and actress is also co-founder of organic children's food company, Once Upon a Farm. Her commitment to healthy, safe food for kids comes from her mother, who grew up on a farm.

By Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN
July 16, 2018
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Jennifer Garner at Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett, NY
Jennifer Garner at Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett, NY
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Jennifer Garner's mom, Patricia Ann Garner, never could have imagined that the farm she grew up on in rural Oklahoma would one day be a source of ingredients for an organic children's food brand, but her daughter is making that happen.

Garner, the actress, mom of three, and ambassador for Save the Children, is passionate about healthy, organic food and credits her mom for passing that dedication down to her. Her mom raised her and her two sisters on homemade food and Jen has carried that tradition on with her own three kids, Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 6. "When you eat food that's fresh, you can taste the sunshine," says Garner.

At their home in Los Angeles, Garner grows peaches, blueberries, and lemons, which go into the family's homemade lemonade. Jen also raises chickens on her property. While they are city family, Jen says that most of the produce her kids eat comes from their own garden, so it hasn't been tough to teach her kids where food comes from. This season she has already frozen a bunch of berries from her blueberry bushes, and will pick peaches soon to make a cobbler.

When Jennifer co-founded Once Upon a Farm, an organic baby food company, in 2017, she carried her excitement for creating healthy food with her. As chief brand officer, she is involved with many aspects of the business, including sales calls and product innovation. Garner loves it all, especially following CEO John Foraker around. The food industry veteran is "...so knowledgeable about soil health, heirloom seeds, in-store displays," and everything else that goes into building an organic food brand. Garner welcomes the challenge, saying that it's great for her brain.

Choosing organic food is something that Garner feels is essential. She supports organics because food grown organically, "Has the most nutrients and the least amount of chemicals as possible, and it matters the most for babies," explains the actress. And she appreciates that the USDA organic label means that products are also non-GMO, and free from artificial colors and flavorings.

And that farm in Oklahoma? It's now certified organic and will be growing blueberries, beets, and persimmons, all of which will end up in Once Upon a Farm's cold-pressed pouches. Now that's a full-circle way to get back to your roots.

Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a nutrition expert, writer, mom of 3 and best-selling author. Her books include Feed the Belly, The CarbLovers Diet and Eating in Color. Follow her @FrancesLRothRD and check out her website.