Persimmon Hill Farm was established in 2014 by Bernadette Pelissier and Vann Bennett for the purpose of promoting biodiversity, community, and human health through sustainable family farming. The farm comprises 93 acres of rolling hills, streams and fields located in the Roanoke River watershed, and is protected by a farm conservation easement managed by Orange County, NC.
Current enterprises include, us, Cedar Grove Blueberries, a u-pick organic blueberry orchard managed in collaboration with Bernadette’s son and daughter Lyndon Smith and Kether Smith, who are the founders of the adjacent business Botanist and Barrel cidery. Botanist and Barrel creates farm fermented cider and wine and operates a tasting room at the front of the farm. Our sister business is Persimmon Hill Farm u-pick flowers, established by Bernadette Pelissier. Both the blueberry and flower U-Pick businesses are owned and operated in conjunction. Additionally, at the back of the farm there is Nourishing Acres Farm, which is established by Keith and Meghan Marshall. They are former peace corps volunteers in Paraguay and are now leasing 10 acres on the farm and growing organic vegetables sold at Carrboro Farmer's Market, Durham Farmer's Market, Weaver Street and local restaurants. All aspects of the farm are in constant collaboration as we believe in the strength of community and sharing resources.
We continue to grow this collaborative approach by participating in a new Farm Stand on our property as well that is including even more local Cedar Grove producers. Ongoing projects include: continued restoration of fields using sustainable practices, expansion of wild flowers to promote pollinators, development of an espalier apple orchard to support cider production by Botanist and Barrel, and addition of meat production (sheep and goats) to complement the vegetables, blueberries, and flowers.