Rivendell Farm started in the early 80s as a horse farm on 150 acres in eastern Habersham County (just outside Clarkesville). Over time horses were phased out but pastures provided hay sales in the surrounding area.
In 2016 a new generation of the family took on the task of maintaining the property and fulfilling a dream of growing as much of their own food as possible – 100% organic. The first garden was established that year using native soil augmented with organic compost created from vegetation trimmings around the property.
Despite the drought and fires that fall, the first winter garden was quite a success, and the summer items produced well into Thanksgiving. It’s been slow and steady expansion ever since.
In 2018, Rivendell sold its first produce to Harvest Habersham, a much loved farm-to-table restaurant. The owners encouraged us to expand into local markets so more people could enjoy our passion for healthy eating.
This year we are growing close to 175 unique herbs, vegetables, fruits, berries and foraged items in three garden spaces, berry arbors and small orchard on a small portion of the farm, which is still largely wooded and hay pastures. Like unusual and rare varieties? We love finding and sharing unusual foods, from purple cauliflower and glass gem corn to pink green beans and hot peppers from Macedonia. We are currently growing produce sourced from 5 continents and always testing new varities.