Farmers J and D 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 and discovering Wendell Berry, they started RambleRill Farm in 2009 and haven't looked back. They believe that everyone can be happier and healthier by spending daily time, be it minutes or hours, in nature.
Farmer J spent more than 20 years in medical communications before shifting to full-time pursuit of farming and nature-based education and therapy. She is a registered horticultural therapist and certified forest therapy guide and has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture.
Farmer D worked for the University of North Carolina (UNC) as a scientist and mentor at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, where he devoted three decades to researching the neurobiology of addiction. He then joined UNC's Center for Faculty Excellence. Having retired from UNC in 2022, he is now full time on the farm. Darin serves on the Board of Directors of Farmer Foodshareand Heart of Carolina Jazz Society.