About Semente Farm

Semente Farm is small farm located on land owned by the Peterson/Stephens Family - once cultivated by Claude Tedford Petersen, a master grower from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers using ecologically sustainable practices, ones that conserve resources, build rich soil, and promote a vibrant ecosystem.


Whitney Jaye, farmer

Whitney is a farmer and organizer who finds deep purpose and power in being in service to the land and community that supports her. Despite living in the Atlanta area for many years, she calls Wilmington, North Carolina - and Coastal Carolina - her home.

She has done a variety of food systems work - her affiliations and collaborators have included the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative, Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference, Patchwork City Farms, Greening Youth Foundation, and Ashoka Changemakers. In addition to farming at Semente, she works as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), a 13 year old network of black ecologically sustainable farms. When she is not in the field, you can find her dancing, quilting, preserving the harvest, fermenting, or digging through the archives.


Brandon Stephens, Farmer

Brandon is a farmer and entrepreneur who finds his roots in growing - his earliest land memories were of working in the garden with his grandfather Claude Tedford Petersen, who was a master grower and UGA Extension Agent from the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has an extensive background in hydroponics and aquaponics, and owns and manages two operations, Second Harvest (hydroponics) and DecaturPonics (aquaponics) in Norcross, Georgia.

Brandon is originally from Decatur, Georgia, and his family can be traced back in the area for several generations. These deep roots are the reason is he invested to growing food for communities he loves. When he is not in the field, he is winemaking and doing research on his latest farm experiments.