Sebastiaan and Ariel Zijp met through their love of old-time music festivals, cooking, farming and adventures. They fell in love and bought a 150 year old farm house on 2 acres in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. They tilled up their lawn, built garden beds, planted flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables and started raising chickens, ducks, rabbits and honeybees. They pride themselves on following sustainable and organic practices and living and learning from the land. Through this growing interest in the simple life, they formed The Farmer's Hands Homestead.
Sebastiaan was born in Africa to Dutch parents, went to culinary school in Vancouver and was a professional chef in NYC for 8 years. Deciding to change paths he moved to Asheville, NC and started a homestead with his partner Ariel. Ariel was raised on a farm in Concord, NC by creative parents where she cultivated an interest in growing flowers, music, and art. She went to Warren Wilson College where she gathered a passion for Forestry, Agriculture and Herbal Studies. Currently she farms with Sebastiaan on their homestead and does Farmland Preservation work in the area.