Perkinson was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Chapel Hill,
NC when he was in high school. He attended UNCG for a year, before
he decided he could learn more away from institutional education
facilities. Isaiah takes care of all of the mechanical aspects of
the farm, from tractor work, to irrigation, to refrigeration, to
any and all broken things.He also manages the crew of willing workers
there to get the job done – transplanting, harvesting, processing
produce, and packing up to go to market. He is a master at recycling
old things, and creating something out of nothing. Off season he
works as a carpenter.
Louise Perkinson grew up in Fairview after living briefly in
London as a baby and a toddler. She grew up weeding the garden,
gathering eggs, helping with canning, jamming, and freezing produce
for home consumption, and caring for her many brothers, sisters,
and 21 cousins. She attended UNC - Chapel Hill for two years, and
graduated from Warren Wilson in 1996. Annie works in the planting,
tending, greenhouse propagation, harvesting, and scheduling of the
farm. She is particularly fond of picking fruit, and working with
Hamilton is the patriarch of the farm, providing free advice,
willing help, and lots of enthusiasm. He is an English doctor who
takes care of patients in nursing homes. He is a champion of organic produce, whole foods
and a healthy lifesytle. Dr. Will is an ardent weekly seasonal farm
Susie Hamilton is the matriarch of the farm and a universal
mother for all lost souls. She operates an after school art program
for children as well as a summer camp with her sister, Annie Ager.
She is famous for producing incredible meals for armies of people
at a moment's notice.
Rose Perkinson is the eldest daughter of Annie and Isaiah. She
is 14 years old and the social light of the family. She enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and percussion instruments, running cross country, swimming, baby-sitting, and especially playing with her friends. Her favorite part of the farming
operation is selling things at the farmer's market, a job at which
she is becoming more and more accomplished.
Perkinson is 11 years old, and the youngest daughter. She is
wonderful in the fields, grazing on everything from strawberries
and sugar snap peas, to dandelion greens and chickweed. She particularly enjoys the flowers on the farm, playing with her friends in wonderful creative games, and sometimes setting up a lemonade booth next to the farm stand.