The Greenhouse Foundation toured Serenbe Farms on Wednesday, November 7,2012
Serenbe staff arranged a private tour for our group with Serenbe Farms Manager Paige Witherington. Paige got her degree in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Clemson University and lights up when she tells the story about the “salad that changed her life.” After spending a day in the sun and on the farm with a friend, she ate a salad full of vegetables they harvested themselves that morning, and knew that this was her calling. Paige and her partner Justin were both recently featured among other Georgia farmers in the critically-acclaimed documentary, GROW!, a film about young farmers.
Serenbe’s 30-acre organic and biodynamic farm offers over 350 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and mushrooms. The produce is distributed only within a 40-mile radius from the farm – to the restaurants and residents in the community, and through the 110-member CSA program.
Serenbe Director of Operations Garnie Nygren will be there to met our group and discussed the new partnership between Bosch and Serenbe, and can told the story of why her family started Serenbe and what the plans are for the future.
The Bosch Experience Center is powered by and fully equipped with products comprising the Bosch home solution suite to showcase energy efficient, sustainable home technologies. Both an education and interaction hub, the center will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about sustainable solutions while serving as a world-class gathering spot for discussions on sustainability research and education. The first-of-its-kind experience center shows how the combination of energy-efficient products are helping to produce a new generation of affordable, sustainable homes that greatly reduce demand and monthly costs.
Last, we headed to the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop for lunch. Blue Eyed Daisy offers great sandwiches, burgers and salads – along with sweet treats like the award-winning cupcakes recently featured in Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
Serenbe is a 1,000-acre community located just 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with a focus on balanced growth, sustainability, green building, organic farming, and smart environmental practices. Serenbe has private residential homes, commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables, the 20-room Inn at Serenbe with conference facilities, and Serenbe Farms with CSA program and Saturday markets. The community is home to three restaurants, all pioneers in the farm-to-table movement: Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nation’s smallest Silver LEED certified building), The Farmhouse (proprietress Marie Nygren), and The Hil (chef/owner Hilary White), with a fourth restaurant coming this fall. For more information, please visit www.serenbe.com