Jane Saiers

Farmer J (Jane Saiers, PhD, AAS, HTR) owns and operates RambleRill Farm with her husband Darin. She and Darin have been growing fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms since starting RambleRill Farm in 2010 and offering on-farm educational programs and horticultural therapy since 2014. Farmer J grew up in the small town of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania near the New York state line. After stints in college and graduate school in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where she earned her doctorate in neuroscience and psychology, she and Darin moved to North Carolina in 1992. Farmer J spent more than 20 years in the medical communications industry before shifting to full-time pursuit of farming and horticultural therapy. She became a registered horticultural therapist (HTR) through the American Horticultural Therapy Association in 2013 and earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture in 2014. You can connect with Jane and Darin via their website and at Hillsborough Farmers Market. For full bio: http://growwellnc.com/teammember/jane-saiers-phd-aas-htr/

Articles by Jane Saiers

Plants for Health

3/16/16 |

With the warm temperatures and sunny days of the past two weeks, the plant world has come to life. Daffodils, hyacinths, and tulip magnolias are blooming; grass is growing; and the deciduous trees have taken on the green tinge that presages their bursting into full leaf. With these changes that manifest renewal, we ourselves feel …Read More

Winter Gardening Tips from Farmer Jane Saiers

1/19/16 |

It was a pleasure to host a group of community members at our winter Seasonal Food Workshop. January is a great time to explore what helps us (here in the Piedmont of North Carolina and elsewhere) extend our growing seasons to enjoy fresh from the garden food for as many weeks and months as possible. Here …Read More

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew


We enjoyed sharing this delicious soup at our Seasonal Food Workshop all about winter vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a versatile, nutrient rich powerhouse for winter. We enjoy this recipe every winter for many reasons, partly because it takes so little time to prepare. (the recipe listed here is gently adapted from the original found at Good …Read More