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About Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes is a mother to six children all in the Chesapeake public school system. She understands the challenges of special needs children as three of her own have Individual Education Plans IEPs. She strongly believes in order to have safe safe schools that all children, especially special needs children, should not be allowed to fall through the cracks, but instead be allotted all services and accommodations needed in order to be successful.  Her husband, Trent is active duty Naval Officer currently stationed out of Norfolk.

Jennifer’s holds several degrees including a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Masters in Organizational Management. She is a former probation officer, sexual assault and domestic violence therapist, and a child protective services social worker.  Jennifer and her husband Trent have fostered over 30 children through the state foster care system, and adopted four of those children.  She has a strong passion for ensuring the safety and welfare of all children.

In addition Jennifer has a certified USDA small farm in Chesapeake that has been selling at the local Chesapeake Farmer’s Market for several years. She started and founded the Chesapeake Small Farmers Coalition out of a need to correct live stock zoning ordinances, land rights and farming rights in Chesapeake.  After working diligently for the past year, Jennifer Barnes and the Chesapeake Small Farmers Coalition was able to collaborate with city council, city attorneys, city planning department, farm bureau and the Agriculture Advisory Board to successfully revise 1200 pages of zoning laws.

Jennifer Barnes In The News

Chesapeake small farmers could be allowed unlimited livestock- The Virginian Pilot – January 17, 2018

The debate over small farms in Chesapeake comes down to cow fractions – The Virginian Pilot – October 17. 2017

Chesapeake Small Farmers Coalition draws dozens for inaugural meeting- The Virginian Pilot – July 17, 2017

Is it a farm, a home, or both? Zoning debate in Chesapeake worries small farmers – The Virginian Pilot – June 21, 2017


Even Jennifer Barnes’ chickens are famous!  They were featured in The Virginian Pilot 2018 calendar.


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  1. I met Jennifer recently at a craft show. One of the items on her platform is to have more exposure for Special Needs children. Sadly many of these kids get overlooked for many opportunities within the mainstream of our society. Jennifer is pushing to see that there will be more recognition for these children and they will be able to be hired by various companies when the time comes for them to look for employment.

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