Rafe Rivers is a Georgia native who recently moved back to the Deep South after ten years away. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business and Environmental Ethics. After University, he explored the rivers and mountains of the west for several years before dedicating his life to farming full time.
He worked on a wide array of organic vegetable and pasture based animal farms across the country including Georgia, Idaho, California, New Mexico, and Vermont.
Rafe graduated from The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
After UCSC, Rafe and Ansley moved to Northern New Mexico for his job at Seeds of Change. Here he helped run the trial farm as well as co-manage the seed cleaning operation in the winter.
Wanting to work with pasture based animal operations and year round vegetable production in cold climates he moved to Burlington, VT to work for Jericho Settlers Farm. Here he was harvest manager alongside wonderful New England farmers.
Ansley’s MFA program then led them to San Francisco, where Rafe managed the harvest crew on 20 acres of vegetable production at Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero, CA. Working with this Bay Area farm further honed his skills working with top farmers, chefs, and markets on the west coast.
He was then offered a job with the fine outfit of Grass Fed beef experts at BN Ranch run by Bill Niman. He worked in sales and distribution until he had the opportunity to start a farm of his own.
Rafe’s dream has always been to create his own farm and business. Understanding the Low Country was a growing market with a need for more farmers, he jumped at the opportunity to put his roots down close to family.
Though they miss the mountains and rivers of the west, Ansley and Rafe now find adventure in the vast marshes, river systems, and barrier islands of the Low Country with their puppy, Waylon.