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About Us - Meet Farmer D

Farmer D, Chief Farming Officer

Daron Joffe is not what most people envision when they think of farmers. Joffe is a 30-something eco-entrepreneur who lives to make a difference in the world by utilizing biodynamic methodologies in his farming practices. The South African native has an impressive production history and is a maverick within the organic farming movement. Actress Jennifer Garner thinks his turnips “rock” and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson hired him to develop an organic farm and ‘farm to table’ experience at his exclusive New Jersey spa, “Natirar”. Known as “Farmer D”, Joffe was the founding farmer at Serenbe Farms in Palmetto Georgia, where he created a 25-acre biodynamic farm that continues to supply the community with fresh produce.

On a ‘town-by-town mission to re-energize the food culture’, Farmer D has created sustainable properties such as Hampton Island Preserve, where he directed Harvest Lake Farm, a CSA farm providing organic produce, herbs and flowers to the island’s chef, members and residents; Longleaf Preserve, an organic community surrounded by a 48,000 acre preserve in Florida and many others. Farmer D also develops Edible Learning Gardens for Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes and many other school and community gardens around the country.
Farmer D’s commitment to integrating organic farming with nature conservation, or ‘biodynamic farming’, has gained national attention. Early in his career, Farmer D was selected as Biodynamic Rookie Farmer of the Year; shortly thereafter, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles selected him in the top 20 under 40, and Georgia Trend in the top 40 under 40. He was recently awarded the Pillars of EARTH Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit. Whole Foods is one of Farmer D’s biggest fans, partnering with him to develop the Farmer D Organics Signature Biodynamic Blend Organic Compost only available at Whole Foods.

PBS produced “Growing a Greener World” featuring Farmer D, Mother Nature Network developed a series of vignettes with Farmer D; and, he was called ‘no ordinary farmer’ by Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in VH1’s Reality Show, "What Chilli Wants".

Farmer D has been covered in publications such as: Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, LA Times, NY Times, Southern Living, as well as featured on The Weather Channel, CNN, and TEDx.

Stanley Joffe, Chief Everything Officer

Entrepreneur and wood worker extraordinaire! Stanley brings over 30 years of business management experience to Farmer D Organics. Stanley has a degree in structural engineering from University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Joshua Tabor, Horticulturist and Retail Superstar

Joshua Tabor is a reintroduced native, his family's farm house located just outside Atlanta's city limits. He has 10 years of professional horticulture experience in the Atlanta area. His background includes nursery production, design, installation, personal gardening, and even indoor hydroponics. Joshua is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and has a specific passion for herbs, in the garden, in food or in a cup of tea. When he is not at Farmer D Garden Center, he can be found working in his garden, painting, or in school for holistic health.

Lou Linzie, Retail Assistant Manager

Katie Pigott, Design and Install Specialist

Katie has five years of organic farming experience in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. Working in community supported agriculture inspired a passion for providing people with healthy food while connecting them to their surroundings. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia. Her research and design experience includes residential design, therapeutic garden design, playscape design, and cultural landscape management. Katie is passionate about creating beautifully functional landscapes that are restorative for both people and the environment.

Stephanie Radbill, Program Specialist

Belante Asefa, Woodworker

Belante is originally from Ethiopia and has travelled many places, but has called Atlanta home for the last 10 years. Once the owner of his own business, he is now the brawn of our woodshop, making raised beds, chicken coops, and compost bins galore out of sustainable cedar.

Carol Macintosh, Bookkeeper

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