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Boy known as Farmer John has heart for helping community

WLKY Louisville logo WLKY Louisville 12/12/2018
a man standing in front of a store: Farmer John © WLKY Farmer John

John Barsamian is known in the community as "Farmer John," but at the Mt. Washington Community Ministries' food bank, he's known as "Jelly John." In just two years, he's donated more than 700 jars of jelly.

"If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have as much jelly, sometimes any jelly at all," said Terry Wilson, a Community Ministries volunteer.

Most 7-year-olds' hobbies don't include stocking the shelves at their local food bank, but John isn't your average kid. At age 5, he started selling produce from his garden. Then he started selling baskets of fresh produce to people in town. That's how he got the nickname "Farmer John."

"We just really wanted to encourage him to care about others. Care about others first, and then do whatever you got to do to make that happen," said Andy Barsamian, John's dad.

Two years ago, John started making weekly deliveries of jelly to the food pantry.

"It makes me feel like I'm doing that right thing, and the right thing is what we should do because we all have abilities and we all can help other people with our abilities some way or another," John said.

John's parents said he has a heart to help people and the Community Ministries food bank has been a primary recipient of John's volunteerism.

"You see every age a person donating, and you will get it one or two times and most people just drop off after that because they forget about ya. He doesn't forget. He's great," Wilson said.


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