Serenity Knoll Farm is a group of people who are passionate about clean food, the local community, dance, and the practice of sustainability. Farming is more than a career choice to them, it’s a way of life, and they aim to make it high quality, rewarding, satisfying, and fun. Half of the land is forested and in the open spaces they cultivate one acre to food and flower crops. The farm works year-round to grow annual and perennial vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, cut flowers, and herbs.
David Wiley purchased the land in Jonesborough over 10 years ago when he moved from Memphis to get out of the city. He also works with the medical industry and spends his time serving doctor’s offices and hospitals in the Tri-Cities, but when he’s not making calls or deliveries, he’s putting all of his energy into making his vision of having a successful farm, food, and dance venue become a reality. In order to do that, he knew he needed to start building the team.
Camille Cody was hired in late 2015 as the farm operations manager. With a background in small scale farming and an education in holistic nutrition and sustainable agriculture, she hit the ground running to expand the existing garden area, diversify the crop varieties, and organize a small CSA for Serenity Knoll’s first full year in operation as a working farm.
Shortly after moving back to Tennessee last fall, Camille heard about the ARC&D Field School from Emily Bidgood.
“I was looking to get connected with other farmers in the area and network,” said Camille. “Also, it had been so long since I had grown in this climate and I wanted to learn more about the growing conditions of our region.”
Through Field School, Camille met a network of people, gained local and national resources, and was inspired to keep learning and growing with support of fellow farmers in our region.
“ARC&D is a fantastic organization and very passionate about local food,” said Camille.