Rayburn Farms story began at North Carolina A & T State University where Lauren and Michael first meet. Lauren was studying Environmental Science and Michael Environmental Horticulture.
Long story short... they graduated, moved around, made good careers in DC, had a baby and said "bump this s**t". Michael had always wanted to try his hands at farming, and Lauren was a saint for allowing him to try (and he never forgets that!).
They were lucky to find an amazing property located at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Barnardsville NC, and they made it their home. The big question lay before them: "What do we grow?"
After trying lots of different crops, they began stumbling over a trend in the local brewery scene in Asheville. A lot of brewers were playing around with different herbs in their beers -- and before they knew it, Rayburn Farms became the Brewers' Farm, growing everything from pumpkins to 6 different flavors of basil to ginger and mints. Today, Rayburn Farms is still growing for many breweries in Western NC, and they've also added some tea companies, ice cream makers, and craft soda producers.
In 2021 They began experimenting with making some new products that they could add to the website. After many tests they landed on Infused Sugars and Hot Cocoa mixes.
Michael and Lauren will be the first to tell you how blessed they are to be able to follow their dreams and that's why they feel it's important to give back and to share with the communities that have supported them.
Please check out these links below to see how you can help
Co-thinkk Big Ivy Community Center Bountiful Cities Project