Then and Now

Our Family

Our family has a long and happy history in the business of food. From grocery stores to restaurants to a simple calling in the kitchen, we always have found joy in the act of feeding others, and in the fellowship that is forged around a shared table.

Over time, the generations of our family have reinterpreted what it means to feed and to be fed. As a couple, we find purpose in helping others to become wholly nourished: mind, body and spirit. For Karen, this means bringing people to the farm and opening them up to new opportunities — whether it’s deepening their yoga practice, gathering and learning as a community, or simply existing in nature. Steve feels most alive when putting his hands in the earth. Planting a seed, harvesting it, and feeding others — for Steve, this is sacred.

Since 2007, we have poured our hearts and our passions into Rising Fawn Gardens. The land, which owes us nothing — and is not even ours to call our own — has given so much in return. Here, we find peace and energy, restoration and connection — to nature, to each other, to ourselves.

We believe these gifts are meant to be shared. So we welcome you to Rising Fawn Gardens. Join us here, and find what feeds you.

Scholarship Fund

To further our mission, our family has established a scholarship fund. This fund helps bring people to our farm, even when their financial means are limited. We welcome inquiries from individuals, nonprofits, churches, schools and other groups that wish to visit Rising Fawn Gardens but do not have the funds to cover the costs. Please reach out to us through our contact page if you’re interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities

History of the Land

We aren’t the first to find strength and resource in this land. Across the farm, in freshly plowed fields, we’ve uncovered arrowheads dating back thousands of years. And we know in 1850, James Cureton purchased the property and constructed a grain mill, known as Cureton Mill. Humbled by time and weather, its bones still stand along Lookout Creek.

Not long after Cureton built his mill, more than 5000 Union troops camped on the farm during the Civl War’s Chickamauga Campaign. After the war, the mill was used for lumber and textile production. In 1937, the Dyer family purchased the property from the Curetons. And in 2007, the Persinger family became the next generation of stewards for this beautiful piece of God’s green earth.