Before she made “Pretend Cooking Show” and hung out with Ina Garten, Jennifer Garner was just a Southern girl with a love of Friday Night Football. 

The Camping star recently invited Southern Living to her family farm near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, to share the special ways she’s bringing it back to life and preserve her mother’s childhood memories in the process.

The West Virginia native is the co-founder of Once Upon a Farm, a company that produces baby food made from organic fruits and veggies. So she enlisted her family’s property to do some of the growing. Now, it’s responsible for harvesting some of the brand’s blueberries, kale and persimmons.

Although the land, which has been in Garner’s family for generations, is just beginning to find its footing in the startup landscape, its roots (literally and figuratively) go far back. As Garner’s mom, Pat, told the publication, she and her seven (!) siblings used to sell pecans grown on the farm’s trees and even named them based on the size of their nuts (Fat Bell, Bulldozer, Old Faithful and Slim Jim).

Today, the family farm isn’t just a way for Garner to grow organic vegetables, it’s a way to cherish her 80-year-old mom’s memories in a meaningful way. Bless her veggie-loving heart.

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