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Ian Giusto grew up outside of Washington D.C. and spent his summers in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley. His family influences in food and farming included his father and grandfather, both chefs, and grandmother, a gardener. He owned and operated his own farm in Georgia before taking on the management of certified organic Serenbe Farms outside of Atlanta.
In 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic curbed Serenbe Farms’ apprenticeship program. It also greatly impacted Giusto’s ability to market produce, including in the CSA program, farmer’s markets, and restaurants. The Serenbe community’s uniquely close design also insulates the farm from much of the uncertainty that other producers have experienced during the pandemic.