RambleRill Farm is owned and operated by Farmer J (Jane Saiers) and Farmer D (Darin Knapp). They grew up in the small town of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania on the Allegheny River near the New York state line. After stints in college and graduate school in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where they both earned doctorates in neuroscience and psychology, they moved to North Carolina and married in 1992. After giving away their television (about 7 years ago) and discovering Wendell Berry (about 5 years ago), they started RambleRill Farm in 2009 and haven't looked back.
Farmer J spent more than 20 years in the medical communications industry before shifting to full-time pursuit of farming and horticultural therapy. After 2 years of training and coursework, she became a registered horticultural therapist (HTR) through the American Horticultural Therapy Association in 2013. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture in 2014.
Farmer D works full time as a scientist and mentor at the Skipper Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has devoted the past 25 years to the study of the neurobiology of addiction. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Farmer Foodshare and a member of the Hillsborough Farmers Market leadership team.
When they aren't otherwise engaged, Farmer J and Farmer D both enjoy listening to and making music, reading, and relaxing in front of a fire at the farm's fire pit.