Hayley Roberts is the plant guru around here. She has an ever-blossoming love of all flora, fauna, and folks who call this planet home. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas instilled in her a love of the great outdoors. She graduated with a degree in sustainable agriculture from Warren Wilson college outside of Asheville, NC. There her love of the earth collided with her love of work. That's where she found solace in the soil and seeds. She knew she had to be a farmer. She interned on many farms outside of Asheville and was fortunate to have mentors that wanted to share their knowledge. She learned that farming is not a destination but a cyclical journey with ever-changing obstacles and rewards. Farming is a way of life, not just an occupation. Hayley feels the most comfortable with dirt on her hands and sweat on her brow.
Bruce Roberts, or Pa as he is also known, is the patriarch of the bunch. It's a long story how he came to this area from Arkansas, but the short version is God guided him here. He came and ended up walking the rivers edge in Kingston Springs, TN and immediately knew he was home. Bruce is the visionary and big picture guy. While he does handle the business side, keeping records and acquiring the needs of the farm, Harpeth Moon is deeper to him than dollars and cents and trendy food fads-it's going back in time to a simpler way of life and building community around the Spirit of this place. Always in thought, you may find him wandering the farm taking in the beauty and slowing down to heal his soul in a Wendell Berry sort of way. His goal is not to get rich, but to put down roots and develop a farm that will do the right things, all while enriching the lives of many and leaving a legacy for generations to come.
Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, Max VanderBroek was always awed by the sight of a setting sun. Every night the music of crashing waves lulled him to sleep. Each day the infinity of an ecosystem found between grains of sand left him boggled. At an early age, Nature stole off with his ever curious mind and his heart. Years later, Max earned a B.A. Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in the timber-tufted hills of Asheville, NC. There he found himself surrounded by music and weirdos and wilderness. The shoe fit. He took a job with an arborist and spent several years developing an obsession with trees and a love of labor. And he met a girl with long blonde hair, allowing his heart to be stolen once more. In Spring of 2016 they moved to Kingston Springs, TN with their dog Sprout to live, learn from nature, and operate the family farm. Today he's awed by the evolution of seed to flower. Every night the quiet of the countryside lulls him to sleep. Each day the infinity of an ecosystem found within rows of tillage leaves him boggled. The shoe fits, and it's laced up for the journey forth.